A Minute With: David Hasselhoff talking "Piranha 3-DD"

Wed May 30, 2012 4:02am EDT
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By Jordan Riefe

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A familiar face on TV since the 1980s, David Hasselhoff takes his act to movie screens on Friday in horror comedy "Piranha 3-DD," which puts "the Hoff" back in familiar fashion - in a bathing suit with a bevy of bikini-clad friends.

Channeling his "Baywatch" character Mitch Buchannon, Hasselhoff makes an opening day guest appearance at a water park in the movie just as flesh-eating piranha move in for the kill. The film is a sequel to 2010 surprise success "Piranha 3D."

In a recent interview with Reuters, Hasselhoff talked about his new movie and recalled his "Baywatch" days. He executive produced the TV series about beach lifeguards, overseeing tight budgets that sometimes left insufficient tape to shoot a scene. His solution was to shoot girls in bikinis in slow motion. It became the show's signature and made him a fortune.

In 2007, the 59-year-old actor fell under the media's harsh glare for his infamous "cheeseburger video" taped by his daughter. In it, an obviously drunk Hasselhoff tries to eat a burger off the floor of a hotel room. Over the years, he has sought help for drinking and mended fences with his daughters.

Until this season, Hasselhoff was a judge on popular TV contest "America's Got Talent," but by taking a role on "Piranha 3-DD," he is angling for more time on the big screen. The film's producers, The Weinstein Co., own rights to "Knight Rider," the TV show that launched Hasselhoff's career, and there has long been talk around Hollywood about a film version of that program.

"I have no idea what's going to go on," Hasselhoff said when asked about a "Knight Rider" movie. "All I know is they were very happy with what I did in the movie," he told Reuters.

Here, Hasselhoff discusses "Piranha 3-DD," the cheeseburger, girls in bikinis, and what it's like being "the Hoff."

Q: How did you get involved with "Piranha 3-DD"? Did they come to you or did you pursue the role?   Continued...

Actor David Hasselhoff shows the peace sign at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California April 13, 2012. REUTERS/David McNew