Life of an Underemployed Actor according to Scott Bakula

The new Steven Soderbergh movie, “The Informant!,” which opens today, is full of subtle pleasures, starting with the quirky title sequence, which calls to mind Francis Ford Coppola’s ’70s classic “The Conversation.” The film’s casting, too, is interestingly left-of-center. Joel McHale, a comedic actor best known for his sardonic take on the news on E!’s “The Soup,” is a straight-laced FBI agent tasked with reeling in a wayward corporate turncoat, played with avuncular brio by a plus-sized Matt Damon.

The lead FBI agent, meanwhile, is played by Scott Bakula, the veteran actor best known for his starring role on the sci-fi series “Quantum Leap.” Bakula projects good-guy integrity in nearly everything he does; he’s one of those actors you root for the minute he walks on screen. But most of those screen appearances have been on TV shows like “Leap,“ and, more recently, “Chuck.” His film resume is thin, and mostly limited to sports comedies like “Necessary Roughness” and “Major League: Back to the Minors.” To see him co-starring in a smartly-executed Soderbergh film like “The Informant!” is a pleasant surprise.

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