David Hasselhoff is the man of all men. Having made his TV career in 1975 as Dr. Snapper Foster on “The Young and the Restless”, the 64-year-old star gained tremendous fame for his portrayal of Michael Knight in “Knight Rider” and Mitch Buchannon in “Baywatch”.
Throughout his illustrious career, not only did The Hoff break the Guinness World Records for being the most watched man in the world and for the highest reverse bungee jump, he has also starred in multiple Broadway shows such as “Jekyll and Hyde”, “Chicago”, and “The Producers”.
Though the 21st Century hasn’t been too kind to the former pop icon (mainly due to a leaked clip), Hasselhoff has never backed down. He made a strong and remarkable comeback with the Emmy-nominated comedy series, “Hoff The Records”; released a viral music video for “Kung Fury” called “True Survivor”; and is the captain of “It’s The Ship 2016”!
Thanks to our friends from The Livescape Group, we got a chance to speak with the humble actor and dare we say, he still is as handsome and charming as ever :)
Are there any Broadway songs that you think would make amazing dance remixes?
I think that a good DJ can remix anything. Roughly 8 or 9 years ago, Busta Rhymes did “Knight Rider” and he was the first one to sample the theme song. Even Jay Z sampled “Knight Rider”. The song is a real sonata, it was from the 1800s, you know. Glenn Larson, the guy who created the theme song, didn’t steal it because it was public domain. If you listen to the orchestra, it’s pretty cool (laughs).
What are the differences between Asian and Western fans?
I’ve been to South Korea recently and it’s amazing how people approached me. In Italy, they’ll attack me when they want an autograph and (they) don’t really leave me alone. Some days, I just don’t want to go out, you know. If I don’t have a hat, my girlfriend and fiancee (Hayley Roberts) would say, “You forgot your hat! Ugh!”. I have to put my hat on and look down all the time. Then in Sweden, or in places where no one recognises me because of the cold weather, they’ll pass by and say, “Is that The Hoff?” And in Russia, they knew who I was but they were afraid to come over and talk. It’s like they are in their own little world. But over in South Korea, they have amazing respect. They’ll leave me alone and then they would ask, “Knight Rider?” and then when I say hello, they’ll go “Ohhhh!” It was a really amazing experience. Japan was pretty much the same as South Korea. People there are really respectful.
Will you consider doing broadway again?
I did “Jekyll and Hyde” on Broadway, which was the hardest thing ever. It was filmed so you could actually see it on YouTube, including the act called “Confrontation”, where I do 2 characters. When we did it, I was kinda like a TV star who just moved to New York and I didn’t get a lot of respect (at that time) and it was tough. But now, everyone is watching that show (Jekyll and Hyde), telling me how good it was. So I am really proud of that. I’d like to do Broadway again but it’s just really, really difficult. The music is fun and great and wonderful, but to do Broadway, it’s tough.
Who are some of the DJs you look up to?
I’ve met DJ AM before he died because my daughters were into techno-pop, they had a group called Bella Vida. So they asked me to get them into Coachella to meet DJ AM, which I did. So I met him (DJ AM) and David Guetta, and then I ended up meeting Bob Sinclair on a ship in Abu Dhabi. I’ve also met Afrojack. He and I really hit it off and we just did a thing called “The Gumball Rally” together. So I’ve met those guys and seriously, I became a fan. I didn’t know a lot of their names back then so I put them on Pandora, and it was awesome. I stole a lot of their beats too (laughs)! But those guys are pretty cool and it was just awesome to see how the power of David Guetta and Afrojack affected the audience in Coachella. I was up in the front row and I was kinda like laughing at myself. That is not my kind of music but wow, it’s taking over the world.
You’re an actor, a singer, and a businessman. What are you currently working on and what can we expect from you?
Right now, I’m doing “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare”, which was recently released. Honestly, when I heard “Call Of Duty”, I thought it was a commercial. In the game, I play a DJ in an amusement park and the evil guy is played by Pee Wee Herman. Pee Wee Herman was my roommate in college! He was my roommate Paul Reubens (laughs). So after all these years, we got to work together. So I did “Call of Duty”, then on 19th May comes a little movie called “Baywatch”, which I’m in, and then after that there is a big, big science fiction movie that I really can’t talk about yet because it’s a surprise. Of course when you see it, everyone is gonna know the surprise. I don’t know why they don’t let me talk about it but it’s really cool. And it’s erm…I think it’s the best Marvel film ever, you know. This one should be even better than the last one. I’m also gonna continue music and if “It’s The Ship” goes well, I might be doing more stuff in Asia.
So there you have it peeps, we can now officially say that we “hassled The Hoff” ;)
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