How ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Star Chris O’Donnell Felt About Once Being in Commercial With Michael Jordan

by Madison Miller

It’s not every day that you get to stand anywhere close to a basketball legend like Michael Jordan. For Chris O’Donnell, the star of “NCIS: Los Angeles,” he will forever have proof of his time spent with Michael Jordan. The actor once got to appear alongside MJ for a McDonald’s commercial back in the day.

Chris O’Donnell and Michael Jordan

O’Donnell shared this humorous story while he was doing an interview with NBC Sports. He said it was amongst three stories that he was often asked about due to his Wikipedia page.

“I was in the McDonald’s polyester outfit and served him his breakfast. It was a crazy day because it rained 10 inches that day, so Jordan was six hours late for the shoot. So I was waiting around for six hours in a McDonald’s for Jordan to arrive and then he came and it was awesome,” he said during the interview.

At the time, O’Donnell was still working his way up in the acting world. When it comes to commercials, however, doing one with Michael Jordan has to be a highlight. He also said that he later met Jordan once again. O’Donnell was in a couple of Batman projects and ended up being a little more well-known. He one day ran into him again and brought his food to set as a joke.

It turned out to be a pretty amazing opportunity. When it comes to opportunities, however, the “NCIS: Los Angeles” star once turned down a lead role in the massively successful movie “Men in Black.” The role would go to Will Smith instead.

Chris O’Donnell on His Role on ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’

Despite Michael Jordan commercials and a role in the Batman universe, Chris O’Donnell’s number one breakout role has been as Agent Grisha “G” Callen on “NCIS: Los Angeles.”

Over the past decade or so O’Donnell has been able to grow and adapt with his character. It’s been a really important role for him as an actor.

“It’s been amazing. It seems like it’s gone by very fast, but I know when I look at my kids, how young they were when we started. I still had kids in diapers and they’re all, you know — some of them are adults now. It’s been amazing, but I think that from an acting standpoint it’s been fantastic, because the development of these characters and the richness to the storylines. You know, it does raise the stakes and it does lead to more emotion and that sort of thing,” he said during an interview with ET Online.

“NCIS: Los Angeles” has been on for 13 seasons now and continues to be the most popular “NCIS” spin-off.