Turns out Pamela Anderson Lee and her ”V.I.P.” costars are Ford girls – and we’re not talking about the modeling agency. In an unusual deal, the Ford Motor Co. is supplying free cars to all the heroes of the syndicated shoot-‘em-up series. ”I wanted it to be like ‘Charlie’s Angels,’ where each of the characters drove a different Ford,” says ”V.I.P.” exec producer J.F. Lawton, who came up with the car conceit. Lawton put ”V.I.P.”’s Nikki (Natalie Raitano) in a Mustang convertible, Quick (Shaun Baker) in a Mazda Miata, and Lee’s character in an appropriately curvy Jaguar (Ford owns Jaguar and part of Mazda). In return, Ford gets to keep its hand on the steering wheel. ”We review scripts very closely,” says Richard Taylor, an exec with Ford’s product-placement firm, Showcase Placements, Inc. ”We don’t allow our vehicles to be shown breaking down or used when someone has been drinking alcohol.” And Lawton makes sure of one other thing: Villains don’t drive Fords. ”We mostly put the bad guys in Chevys.”
VERY IMPORTANT PRODUCT Lee is a wheeler dealer as a producer of ''V.I.P.'' (Janet Gough/Celebrity Photo)
Posted October 4 1999 — 12:00 AM EDT
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