Ryan Lochte: Great Swimmer, Not-So-Good Actor [Video]

Ryan Lochte’s appearance in a new Funny of Die video probably won’t get him any more work as an actor, but it’s worth a laugh or two.

Funny or Die, a comedy website founded by Adam McKay and Will Ferrell featuring short videos with celebrity cameos, has taken to London for the 2012 Olympic Games. The viral video stars respected Shakespearean stage actor Patrick Stewart (though we know him better as Captain Picard and Professor X) and Shaun of the Dead star Simon Pegg. The video also stars… Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte.

Stewart turns a particularly amusing performance as Cockney ticket-scalper Ticket-Tooth Phil with Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams as his street-urchin sidekick. Stewart’s character boasts about his chosen career when he and Williams happen upon US swim team celebrity Ryan Lochte, who is aimlessly wandering the streets of London.

Stewart and Williams discover that Lochte is holding an Olympic athlete’s pass, which he needs in order to compete in events (just being Ryan Lochte isn’t enough). Seeing the ultimate ticket-scalping score of all time… well… you can watch it below, I won’t spoil it (Simon Pegg hasn’t even showed up in my summary yet…).

In any case, some media outlets are cringing over Lochte’s acting in the video. We’ll take a moment to defend Lochte’s acting (as this video is surely going viral as we speak). Honestly, his bad acting makes this video even funnier. Second, he’s an Olympic-level, gold-medal chomping swimmer. He can suck at everything else he ever does in his entire life, and it wouldn’t matter. Just laugh, viewers! In the words of one commenter, “That’s Arya Stark. Arya Stark is helping Captain Picard scalp tickets with Shaun (of the Dead),” you can’t do much better than that.

The video is below. Due to some loud Cockneyed-cursing, this is NSFW.

More videos by Funny or Die (including another featuring Lochte) can be seen here. Here’s the ticket-scalper video for your viewing pleasure: