A recent gambling ad features Ben Affleck, Shaquille O’Neal, Melvin Gregg and… Jennifer Lopez’s mom?!
Guadalupe Rodríguez, 75, made a cameo in the Affleck-directed commercial for WynnBET, an online sports betting and iGaming app launched by Wynn Resorts.
The ad begins with Affleck and his The Way Back (2020) co-star, Melvin Gregg, heading to Wynn Las Vegas via car and discussing their sports bets.
“See how I win some of the time?” Affleck asks Gregg, who replies, “Yeah, that’s not a good record.”
“Look at your track record, it’s a little suspect,” Affleck, 49, retorts. It’s no secret that Affleck loves to gamble, even qualifying for the World Poker Tour in 2004. Unfortunately for Affleck, what began as a taste for gambling turned into an addiction.
Once the duo arrive on the casino floor, Affleck runs into a number of people who are trying to sway how he goes about making his bets, including Rodríguez, who is excitedly playing multiple slot machines.
“C’mon, Lupe! You can do this, girl,” Rodríguez, who has been described by Lopez as a “big gambler,” tells herself as Affleck walks past her. “Just like the slots in St. Louis.”
“St. Louis?” Affleck ponders as Rodríguez appears to win.
Watch the ad below:
Coming off the elevator is former Miami Heat player Shaquille O’Neal, just as Affleck calls the team “terrible…They’re terrible now,” Affleck nervously says as he turns around to face Shaq, “They used to be amazing, you know, when Shaq… played.”
Per ET, this spot for WynnBET was filmed back in June, just a few weeks after Affleck and Rodríguez were spotted backstage at the VAX: LIVE Concert where Lopez performed.
While onstage, Lopez shared a personal pandemic story, telling the crowd that due to the coronavirus, she wasn’t able to spend Christmas with her mother.
“First time in my whole life. We’ve been away too long, but she’s here with me tonight, and she’s vaccinated,” she said. “When I was thinking about what song to sing tonight, I remembered the song she always used to sing to me when I was a baby. So if you would indulge me, I’d love to sing that one tonight … you guys know this one!”
Lopez then invited her mom up onstage, and asked her to sing Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” but with the name Jennifer in place of Caroline.