“Breaking Bad” stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul have teamed up with “Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus in a hilarious Emmy Awards promo clip.
In the over six-minute video, Cranston and Paul star as the flashy yet oblivious owners of the Barely Legal Pawn pawnshop, while Louis-Dreyfus, who stars as herself, is trying to pawn off one of her four Emmy trophies, particularly the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series she won from “Seinfeld.”
Why Louis-Dreyfus, one of the richest personalities in showbiz, needs to pawn off her award is unclear (apparently, she needs to buy her own island), but the clip doesn’t make much sense anyway. It is just made to solicit laughs, and the cast have done so successfully.
Both Cranston and Paul first mistake the actress for “Weed” star Mary-Louis Dreyfus, then claim they have never heard of Louis-Dreyfus or her TV show “Veep” before.
“It’s for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy,” Louis-Dreyfus points out the category on the trophy.
“Oh Supporting?” a hesitant Cranston says. “It would be better if it was a Leading, you know.”
“Hey hey now,” Paul, who won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series twice, defends the award. “Supporting is a huge honour.”
Cranston also points out that the trophy would have been more valuable if it’s for a Drama Series rather than Comedy.
The video is a clear spoof of the popular reality shows that feature pawn shop businesses, including the History Channel program “Pawn Stars.”
All three actors are multiple Emmy nominees and winners. Cranston took home the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series three times for his role as the conflicted Walter White in “Breaking Bad,” Paul won twice for Supporting Actor, and Louis-Dreyfus won an Emmy Award thrice, Supporting Actress in a Comedy for “Seinfeld,” Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy for “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and twice for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for “Veep.”
They are also nominated yet again for this year’s Emmy Awards – Outstanding Lead Actor and Supporting Actor in a Drama for Cranston and Paul respectively, and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy for Louis-Dreyfus.
Both “Breaking Bad” and “Veep” are nominated as well. “Veep” is again up for Outstanding Comedy Series, while “Breaking Bad,” which has ended in September 2013, is up for Outstanding Drama Series.
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be aired live in the U.S. on August 25.