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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Reprises ‘Airplane’ Role in Wisconsin Tourism Ad

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Fans of the Airplane movie series rejoice.

NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabnar, a.k.a. the character Roger Murdock, and Robert Hays, a.k.a. the character Ted Striker, have returned to their roles in the classic comedy franchise for a group of Wisconsin tourism ads unveiled Monday. Abdul-Jabbar was once a star player for the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team.

In the ads, the two pilots celebrate Wisconsin as a vacation destination while alluding to classic jokes from the Airplane movies.

“Surely you can’t be serious,” Striker says, in one of the commercials.

“I am serious,” says Murdock. “And don’t call me Shirley.”

The inflatable co-pilot from the original movie also pops up, wearing a Wisconsin cheesehead hat.

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