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Sweet seconds at Super Bowl

Entertainment: Local fifth-grader is part of commercial

Posted: February 14, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 14, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Hunter Terry, 10, of Canyon Country, starred in a CarMax commercial seen by millions during the Super Bowl.

 

Ten-year-old Hunter Terry really does feel like he’s a kid in a candy store since an estimated 111 million people worldwide saw him in a TV commercial that aired during the big game on Super Bowl Sunday.

“I’ve just become a little bit more popular,” said the fifth-grader from Plum Canyon Elementary School.

Terry’s “15 minutes of fame” actually lasted about five seconds. He appeared in a candy store and delivered a single line for a CarMax commercial that aired just before halftime in the big championship professional football game Feb. 6.

His line: “I feel like a geek at a robot convention.”

The Super Bowl XLV game pitting the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Green Bay Packers made history, according to the audience-monitoring Nielsen Company, for the most-watched single TV program ever.

An estimated 111 million Americans turned on their TV sets to watch the game — better than one in every three Americans.

The experience changed Terry’s life overnight — literally.

An interview with The Signal scheduled last week had to changed last minute when Terry received a call to shoot a commercial for one of the biggest retailers in the world.

He’s already shot a deodorant commercial to air in South America and quoting another single line — that one in Spanish.

“It just felt like it was natural,” he said about shooting the CarMax commercial. “It felt like I had been doing it my whole life.”

Strangers have stopped him in the street, and he’s had at least one request for his autograph, he said.

A crowd of his fellow classmates greeted him the morning after the Super Bowl.

“They just kept saying my line over and over; they thought that was so funny,” Terry said.

When he shot the CarMax commercial, workers on the set kept asking him what films he had been in.

“They just thought he was so professional,” said his grandmother Mary Terry, from her home in the Shadow Pines area of Canyon Country. “He had to tell them he had no credentials.”

It was the mother of a friend who took a photograph of Terry that landed him a couple of auditions.

The auditions didn’t pan out until the CarMax one.

Terry’s parents, Michael and Stephanie Terry, are proud and supportive, but not very surprised their son is making headlines.

“He’s got some traits from both of us,” said his soft-spoken mother. “He can’t wait to be 16 and working. He’s always asking where he could work at 14.”

Hunter Terry remains a “typical boy” who enjoys playing baseball and has been enrolled in soccer and karate. But his work ethic has already set him apart from many of his young peers.

For the past few years, he’s been running his own recycling business. He bought a MacBook Pro Apple laptop computer with the money he made.

He has a business card: Hunter’s Recycling, Hunter Terry, owner.

He wears a T-shirt that says “Working my way to my first million.”

What does he want to do with his life?

He wants to star in a television show, he said.

Not in a movie?

“A movie is pretty good, but a TV show is ongoing — it goes for years.”

And it offers residuals, he noted.

Terry’s CarMax commercial can be seen on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXvfJkmMpHY.

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