Scott Bakula’s been playing good guys on television for decades now. He was the charming Dr. Ted Shively on “Designing Women” in the ’80s. He played the time traveling Dr. Sam Beckett on “Quantum Leap” into the ’90s. He ruled the ship’s deck as Commander Jonathan Archer on “Star Trek: Enterprise” in the ’00s. And he won Bree Van de Kamp’s heart as lawyer Trip Weston in the final episodes of “Desperate Housewives” in the ’10s.
Bakula plays a lawyer who makes a bad decision on ‘SVU’
But this week he’ll take a different turn on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” In a recent conference call interview, he talked about his guest starring role. Bakula plays a prominent New York City college law professor. The son of a Supreme Court judge, he’s being groomed to follow in his father’s footsteps.
Of course, in true “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” fashion, there’s a twist. As Bakula described, “Lo and behold, a young woman, Bijou Phillips is playing her, steals a baby from a city park. And then she claims she’s the baby’s mother and that I am the baby’s father. I have a wife at home who is ill and very seriously ill and a daughter, a teenaged daughter and it kind of gets crazy after that.”
Bakula did research on John Edwars for his ‘SVU’ role
While Bakula’s character is in the midst of his alleged affair, his wife happens to be suffering from a serious illness. Sound somewhat familiar? As the creative team on “Law & Order” is want to do, they pulled some of the elements of the story from real life headlines. Bakula recounted that he researched the John Edwards story and reviewed some of his press conferences during the time surrounding his scandalous affair with filmmaker Rielle Hunter.
But that doesn’t mean that viewers should think that they can guess the ending of Bakula’s episode. As he remarked, “SVU is always about things that are never quite exactly what you think they’re going to be. That’s the fun of it. Trying to figure it out.”
Bakula enjoyed playing against type
The “Men of a Certain Age” star admitted that he enjoyed playing a character that could keep people guessing. Bakula conceded, “Most of the time people expect my characters that I play to do be good guys that do the right thing. So it’s always fun to mess with the audience’s head a little bit with that. So you don’t know how I’m going to be turning out in this episode.”
Tune in to see how it all unfolds when Scott Bakula guest stars on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” on Wednesday, November 14 at 9 p.m. EST/8 p.m. Central on NBC.
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