Thursday, December 08, 2011

CRUSHWORTHY: Michael Mosley from "Pan Am"

This year has blessed us with some seriously crushworthy guys. So to countdown the 25 days until Christmas, each day I'll put a spotlight on one actor we wish we could catch under the mistletoe. In this case, Santa rewards the naughty and nice.

{DAY 8} 
The Smart Ass // Michael Mosley
I bet you didn't notice Mosley in Katherine Heigl's 2008 rom-com 27 Dresses. He was the enthusiastic bar dude who participated in their drunken singing of "Bennie and the Jets." Blink and you'd miss him. But ever since his first major role in the 2009 "Scrubs" revival, he's become a lot harder to ignore.

In that short-lived medical comedy series, he played the straight man within a ward of loons. He was Dr. Cox's protégé, and succeeded in impersonating John C. McGinley's trademark anti-social, stubborn persona very well. After it was canceled, he did a quick guest spot on former costar/love interest Eliza Coupe's new series "Happy Endings," playing a guy wily enough to not only squat in an abandoned space, but to have chosen someone's attic as that space. He was like every mooching, dumpster-diving, artsy hipster you could think of wrapped into one limber Lethario. In choosing a character in stark contrast to the rigid doc, he did the unexpected and nailed it.

The role that followed was even more unexpected. In "Pan Am" he plays a dishonorably discharged Air Force soldier and eager Pan Am co-pilot in the 1960s. As Ted Vanderway, he's challenged to both serve as the comic relief and deliver heartfelt speeches. At times, "Pan Am" can be an emotional roller coaster, going from lighthearted ribbing to paralyzing heartbreak, taking Moseley's mischievious grin and molding it into naked shame.
While there's speculation that the series won't be picked up for another season, I have no doubt that the exposition of Mosely's range will benefit him in the future. In the mean time, we can enjoy the overeager charms of First Officer Vanderway and fantasize about a Mile High Club that was once worth joining.

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