Set to Run-D.M.C.'s “Tricky,” Theron easily defeats the cocky crew in games of pool, darts, video boxing, and arm wrestling—without spilling a drop of her beer

By Hannah Chubb
February 19, 2019 08:00 AM
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On the big screen, Charlize Theron has played a post-apocalyptic road warrior, an elite martial arts-trained spy, and a wicked queen determined to devour the heart of Kristen Stewart. So it’s no surprise that in her latest small-screen role, Theron is prepared to show off more of that toughness.

During the Academy Awards broadcast on Feb. 24, Budweiser will air a new 60-second commercial featuring the Oscar-winning actress taking on (and, spoiler, easily defeating) a bar full of people in a series of games—all with a pint of the brand’s Reserve Copper Lager in hand.

The ad, which is set to Run-D.M.C.’s classic “Tricky,” sets the scene with Theron almost handing off her lager to a fellow drinker. “Hold my beer,” she says, before changing her mind and carrying the pint with her as she battles the boisterous patrons in pool, darts, video boxing, and arm wrestling—without spilling a drop of her beer, naturally.

The brand’s limited-edition Reserve Copper Lager, which has been available since August, was created to celebrate the 85th anniversary of Prohibition and Budweiser’s survival through it.

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In addition to making an appearance during the commercial break, Theron will be one of the presenters at the 91st Annual Academy Awards, airing live Feb. 24 on ABC at 8 p.m. ET. Recently, Theron has been busy promoting her new political romantic comedy Long Shot with co-star Seth Rogen, hitting theaters on May 3.