Bryan Cranston, better known as Walter White of Breaking Bad fame, recently laughed himself to tears over a cameo role he once had on the show, Baywatch. According to People Magazine, one of the actor’s first roles was on Baywatch, and he couldn’t help but laugh himself to tears remembering it.
Cranston joked about the role, “Wow. I don’t understand how that could have been overlooked for the Emmy or the SAG awards.”
In the cameo, the much younger Cranston plays a lifeguard, and he recently shared his secret to perfecting the role.
“The scene on the boat, no, I believe my secret for that character was that he had diarrhea. I was on real water and I was seasick. Thanks for digging that up,” Cranston quipped.
The actor has come a long way from his Baywatch days. During his tenure as Walter White on Breaking Bad, Cranston earned four Emmys for Lead Actor in a Drama Series. But the wildly successful Breaking Bad was both the icing on the cake and a beginning of things to come for his already successful career as an actor.
Unlike many people who become famous for a role in a specific TV show or movie, Cranston seems to have escaped Breaking Bad’s success to move onto other acting roles seamlessly. Could he have his Baywatch cameo to thank for his long and successful acting career? Doubtful, but at any rate, for those who still want to see it, Cranston’s role as a lifeguard in the Baywatch video clip can be seen here in all its glory.
The Baywatch clip came to light when Cranston was recently nominated for an SAG Award. He was nominated for outstanding performance by a male actor for his leading role in Trumbo.
In Trumbo, Cranston plays Dalton Trumbo, who was a screenwriter that was blacklisted during the 1940s. The real-life Trumbo was a member of the Communist party who refused to testify about his political activities before Congress, and the film chronicles the life of the screenwriter.
Ironically, the SAG awards Baywatch ambush isn’t the first embarrassing story Cranston has admitted to recently. In December, the actor admitted to losing his virginity in Amsterdam’s red light district.
The Breaking Bad star admitted to the incident in an interview with Inside The Actor’s Studio. He said, “We went to Europe for a month. It cost us like seven or eight hundred dollars, if you don’t include the prostitutes.”
He went into further details about his trip to the red light district and a run-in with prostitutes by saying, “I’m panicking. I didn’t want to tell them I was a virgin. It was awful and wonderful.”
Cranston’s recent embarrassing admissions endear him even more to his fans who respect him not only as an actor but also as a role model. The actor recently revealed one of his real secrets to acting success, when he said, “What civilians don’t understand, that we do, is that actors need to be willing to pay a price for it — it’s an emotional price that you need to be willing to pay.”
Regardless of embarrassing early-career cameos and real-life sex experiences in the red light district, Cranston’s raw talent as a character actor will be revered for years to come. And for many fans, the actor will always be known for his role as Walter White.
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