"There's no denying it anymore: I'm getting to that point in my life where I should start thinking seriously about my retirement. … That's why Dennis Hopper's television spots for Ameriprise Financial are so reassuring. Retirement planning means a lot of decision making, and thank God I have the soothing presence of that amyl nitrite–huffing, obscenity-screaming, psychosexual lunatic from Blue Velvet to guide me through it.
That's why I know I can trust Ameriprise. … When I hear him in those commercials, it's the familiar voice of a coke- dealing, LSD-fueled hippie cowboy biker putting me at ease.
… It's pretty safe to say that anyone nearing retirement age would look back on that burned-out, hypomanic cult member who nonsensically sings the praises of the brutally homicidal and delusional Colonel Kurtz, and ask themselves the question, 'How would that man plan for his retirement?' "
Other reassuring voices include Jack Nicholson, Tim Curry, and Wilford Brimley.