Dylan was heard earlier than he was seen on 90210, when for some motive he is hanging out in a tech-lab-type room (all the time exceeding society’s expectations, that one) the place two jocks present as much as harass the nerdy Scott Scanlon (Douglas Emerson). Once they threaten to erase what Scott’s doing on the pc (designing a ground plan for “the proper dance membership,” for the file), you hear the invitation to get wrecked from off-camera: “Contact that board, my good friend.”
And round spins Perry, trying awfully fresh-faced in hindsight however on the time relatively calm, cool and manly. He proceeds to inform the bullies with a slight smirk that he is “feeling a bit of hostile,” and that is all they should know. They slink away. Scott’s adoration is secured and Jason Priestley‘s Brandon Walsh, nonetheless the brand new child on the town from healthful Minnesota, is duly impressed.
“Your good friend’s fairly cool,” Brandon tells Scott, trying as if he cannot consider what he is simply witnessed.
“I’ve by no means seen the man in my life!” Scott marvels.
Nor had most individuals, however inside a pair months “the man” had turn into “Luke Perry,” his identify as laden with heartthrob which means as “Tom Cruise” or “Brad Pitt“—solely “Brad Pitt” as we all know him, and particularly as he was within the Nineties, was nonetheless a number of months away, with Thelma & Louise and his abs not arriving in theaters till Might 1991.
“After the pilot, we felt there needs to be somebody who’s a bit of harmful, a bit of on the sting, and we got here up with the Dylan character,” government producer Aaron Spelling, who was the one who insisted to the studio that Perry turn into a daily forged member, told Rolling Stone in 1992. Added creator Darren Star, “When Luke walked into the audition, it was like ‘Wow, that is the individual.’ He appears precisely like James Dean to me, however it is not a aware imitation—he is actually being himself.”