Don't give up your day jobs: Manchester United players star in new Turkish Airlines safety video

Don't give up your day jobs: Manchester United players star in new Turkish Airlines safety video

Footballers by day, safety video actors by night, Wayne Rooney and his Manchester United teammates are the latest victims of the safety video viral marketing craze

We're just going to say it ... the video is cringe-worthy.

Thanks to a multi-million pound deal signed between Manchester United and Turkish Airlines, Wayne Rooney and fellow players Darren Fletcher, Chris Smalling, Nani and twins Rafael and Fabio da Silva have been roped in to spice up Turkish Airlines' pre-flight safety demo.

While the boys aren't shaking their hips to the beat of Lady Gaga (Cebu Pacific Air) -- watch video here -- or "stretching and sliding" with fitness guru Richard Simmons in a sequin tank-top (Air New Zealand), the Champions League runners-up are filmed in a number of scenarios.

Horsing around the inflatable emergency slide, being told off for using an iPhone (Rooney), attempting to strap in a football (Fletcher), playing with model helicopters (da Silva twins), using baggage as dumbbells and wearing life jackets as sumo suits -- all of course spliced in between the vital safety procedures.

The idea was for the players to star in "comedic sketches," but the end result shows the players need some instruction in the art of comic timing -- not that this is going to stop Red Devils fans from clicking away.

Still, Rooney remains perky about the effort.

“It’s always good fun to work with your team mates away from the pitch and today’s filming has been great," said Rooney, in a press release. "Hopefully our involvement with the video will make people more aware of the safety precautions when travelling with Turkish Airlines.”

Perhaps the boys would have come off better if they've been depicted in more realistic scenarios, for instance, Cathay Pacific's Hong Kong Sevens 2011 ad (watch video here) where the players go head-to-head (and get beaten) by the airline's perfectly coiffed crew.

Now that's entertainment.

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