As we count down to the 2014 Emmy Awards, Zap2it is taking a closer look at each of the lead acting nominees for comedy and drama — and judging them not by their best work, but by some of the more dubious credits on their IMDB pages. So we ask you: Based on what you’re about to see, would you give this person an Emmy?
Bryan Cranston has won just about every award a TV actor can win for his portrayal of Walter White on “Breaking Bad.” But if you look back a ways in his acting career, you can perhaps pinpoint the spark that made him capable of playing such an amoral criminal in an early episode of “Baywatch.”
In “Cruise Ship,” an episode from the show’s lone season on NBC in 1989-90, Cranston plays Tom Logan, who operates a party boat where the booze flows freely and the engine is always wide open. Although his story gives the episode its title, it’s only the B (or C? It’s really sort of hard to tell) plot to a Very Special Episode sort of thread about Shauni (Erika Eleniak) dating an abusive guy.
Anyway, Tom’s scofflaw ways catch the attention of Mitch (David Hasselhoff) and Craig (Parker Stevenson), and of course things go south at the end. But in the scene (at just after 30 minutes in the video above) where Tom tells Mitch, “Look, beach boy, I’m completely legit. And I’m not losing a minute of sleep because you don’t like what I’m doin’,” he might as well be saying “I am the danger.”
OK, totally kidding — his “Baywatch” guest shot is zero percent like that. You can watch the whole thing above.