The classic scene in which Gene Kelly tap-dances in SINGIN' IN THE RAIN has been updated for a new TV commercial - to show the movie legend breakdancing instead.

Bosses at car manufacturer VOLKSWAGEN received permission from the GENE KELLY FOUNDATION to use the dance sequence from the 1952 movie.

The advertisement for Volkswagen's GOLF GTI model has replaced Kelly's tap-dancing with breakdancing and acrobatic somersaulting.

During filming, three breakdancers and body-poppers performed the gymnastic moves before computer experts digitally mapped Kelly's face on to those of the performers.

Volkswagen spokesperson CATHERINE WOOLFE says, "The idea behind the adverts is about the new Golf GTI being the original Mk I, but updated for 2005."

27/01/2005 14:23