Can You Hear Me Now? Verizon Guy Moves On

Verizon Guy After nine years, Verizon is changing its advertising tactics, and pitchman Paul Marcarelli, the "Test Man" famous for the line, "Can you hear me now?" has been freed to move on.

"Don't feel bad for me, but I'm definitely glad that chapter is over," he told The Atlantic. While he made millions during that time, his contract kept him from pursuing some other projects of interest, and even inhibited him about talking much to the media.

Marcarelli made $3,000-$6,000 per commercial and he was contracted to appear in 20-40 spots per year, but that was just the tip of the iceberg. The real money for gigs like these is in the residuals, which multiplies that amount exponentially. With extra fees earned from having his face appear on billboards, posters, magazines, newspapers, etc., plus personal appearances at Verizon sponsored events, the amount adds up. Assuming Marcarelli had a savvy agent, he likely made a fortune from uttering one line, five-words long, for nine long years.

Everywhere Marcarelli went, he was haunted by those words, even at his grandmother's funeral. Still, he was grateful for the financial security and opportunities the gig afforded him.

You can see how Marcarelli would be eager to move on. He was reportedly informed by e-mail that his Verizon days would be numbered. Now he is free to pursue other projects, such as writing and producing a film called 'The Green,' starring Jason Butler Harner, Julia Ormond and Illeana Douglas, about a gay couple in a small Connecticut town.

Marcarelli is gay, and while he felt obliged by his contract not to speak publicly about it, it was no secret to those who knew anything about him personally. In fact, he was the subject of gay bashing, as teenagers would drive by his home in Connecticut and shout "Can you hear me now?" followed by gay slurs, according to The Atlantic.

Prior to becoming Verizon's Test Man, Marcarelli had appeared in numerous commercials for products like Dasani, Heineken, Old Navy and Merrill Lynch. He'd also done voice work for Comedy Central, United Airlines and Aetna Insurance. It seems he'll have no trouble adjusting to life after Verizon.

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April 18 2011 at 1:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So sick of that ad and that guy.

April 18 2011 at 9:54 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

He looks it .

April 18 2011 at 7:35 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

This guy is way cool. He's a human. If you call AT&T, you don't get a human even though 50,000 humans work at AT&T not one of them can answer the phone. Instead, you get a machine that says press one if you are English, press two if you only understand Puerto Rican, press three if you are ADAH, press and hold four if you have attention deficit dis-order, press four AND five if you are co-dependent, or press "O". "Someone will be with you shortly. All calls are answered in the order they are received. There are currently five thousand, eight hundred and fifty seven calls ahead of yours. Your call is very important to us. Please hold for the next available representative. Your estimated wait time is two point seven centuries. Thank you for using AT&T."
Please hold for the next available operator.

April 18 2011 at 5:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Verizon can't even give him the dignity of letting him know face-to-face? After nine years? Yep. I worked at one of their call centers. They are cold-hearted people -- providing they have a heart. Their cell service is the best, but they expect the CSR's to push additional phones and service. Don't believe me? What happened the last time you called Customer Service?

April 18 2011 at 1:38 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Good for you Paul, much success in whatever you choose to do later in life

April 18 2011 at 1:12 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Good riddance to him and VERIZON can take a leap into the abyss, as far as I'm concerned ! Their credit staff is already straight from hell, (as any customer who's had the serious misfortune of needing to deal with these control freaks can attest to) who actually taunt customers as they drop the hammer on them unfairly !!!

"CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW ?" "GOOD, because more and more victims are being heard,......"

April 18 2011 at 12:31 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

hey goeurope-
Why are you filled with so much hate? Not very constructive to display such negativity. Oh, maybe you're lonely and just want to bait people so they'd respond. Feel better now?

April 17 2011 at 10:23 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

goeurope, It;s bigits like you, that want gays to remain in the "closet" and not be their true selves. Don't think for a New York second, that you don't know or come in contact with a gay person on a daily basis. Possibly you may have a sister, brother, relative or even a parent that is gay or a "closet gay". They claim 10% of the population is gay. Personally, I think the percentage is higher. If you visit a beauty salon, get a massage, get your nails done, taxes done, have an attorney, realestate broker, fashion consultant, store manager, property manager, stay at a hotel or resort, dine at a restaurant, use valet parking, use the post office, use the services of an interior designer, banker, financial advisor, personal trainer, bartender, or hundreds of other jobs or services, chances are, you have been in contact with a "gay" person. If memory serves me correctly, when Anita Bryant "bad-mouthed" the gays, she could not find anyone to do her makeup or hair for a celebrity event. Just a word to the wiser. DON'T BITE THE HAND THAT MAY FEED YOU (or may be doing your hair and nails).

April 17 2011 at 10:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This guy is as good as the woman with "Where's the Beef"....I believe he will be remembered a long time for this gig.....

April 17 2011 at 8:56 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply

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