Bryan Cranston, Eddie Redmayne And Benedict Cumberbatch Record Cheesy ’80s-Style Dating Videos

Back in the 1980s, Bryan Cranston worked at a video dating service, and part of his job involved recording love-seeking singles as they described themselves in ways that were typically awkward and unintentionally hilarious.

“Before the online companies of dating, and all that sort of thing, you actually had to go into an office,” Cranston revealed during an appearance on the BBC’s “Graham Norton Show”. “This company was called Great Expectations, and it was actually very, very successful. They would match people up. Basically, you would go in, take a picture and you would write out a profile of who you are, and then you would have a sort videotape so that men or women can watch someone and go, ‘I like the feel of this person. This feels genuine.'”

A big part of Cranston’s job, he explained, was to calm down the camera-shy singles so they’d make a better impression. “Most of them would come in and go, ‘I like long walks on the beach, and I’m very romantic, and I like to cook at home.’ It’s like, ‘OK, calm down. This is not going to work because you’re trying too hard. Just relax,'” he said. “I would usually tell a joke, and then they would laugh. I’d push the button when they’re laughing and start the tape, and then say, ‘Do you have a joke?’ And they would say something or tell a joke, not knowing that they were being taped, and 50 seconds later I’d say, ‘That’s it.”

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Host Graham Norton played a clip of a vintage commercial featuring some of the cheesy video profiles, and then tasked Cranston and fellow guests Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne with recording profiles of their own. The results are priceless, including Cumberbatch nicknaming himself “Big Ben,” Redmayne describing himself as “a fantastic beast” and Cranston making the dirtiest “Malcolm in the Middle” joke you’ve ever heard.

In fact, Cranston joked that it’s a good thing all three men are married, because their video dating profiles would “guarantee that we would have all stayed single.”

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