Baywatch, Priyanka Chopra’s debut Hollywood film, held its world premiere in Miami on Saturday. The film’s cast - Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach -- was accompanied by two stars from the original TV show: Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff.
Hasselhoff played Mitch Buchannon on the show, which ran from 1989-1999. In the movie, the role will be taken over by Dwayne Johnson.
But at the world premiere, Hasselhoff, 64, had some unexpected things to say about the movie.
“It’s funny, it’s pushing the envelope, but it’s not Baywatch – and I say that with a great amount of respect but a great amount of work that I put into Baywatch,” he told Mirror Online.
“I think they said, ‘We have the rights to do Baywatch and we’re gonna do it our way – and everything else is the highway’. I had to accept that. It’s either cry about it and watch it on TV or get in there and do what I can to make my moment.
“I saw the movie and I said, ‘This is gonna make a lot of money – but it’s still not Baywatch’. You can’t re-create David Hasselhoff.”
While news Hasselhoff’s cameo in the film was broken by The Rock without much drama on Instagram, his co-star Pamela Anderson initially refused to appear in the movie. She later came around, and posed with The Rock for a photo announcing her involvement.
"I WAS BORN READY!" Pleasure to officially welcome the original #BAYWATCH gangsta himself David Hasselhoff to our movie! #BAYWATCH is the most successful TV show of all time and from the day we announced we were turning it into a movie, "The Hoff" has been our greatest supporter. Especially once he knew our RATED R movie was going to be a combination of AVENGERS meets ANCHORMAN....🌊🖕🏾Hoff's a cool dude who's down to have fun and here's the best part.. He's been training his ass off and gotten in the best shape he's been in in years! (cue slo-mo running and glistening chest hair.. wait, why the f*ck am I even thinking about Hoff's chest hair!?) World get ready.. #RockAndHoff #ThereAintNoBay #WithoutTheHoff 💯👊🏾
During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live shortly after the release of the latest trailer, Priyanka told Kimmel that Hasselhoff called her up and said he wanted to do a Bollywood movie with her.
The film opens in India on June 2.
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