From The Celebrity Cafe
David Hasselhoff is known for his roles in the 1980’s hit series Knight Rider as well as the 1990’s hit Baywatch but “The Hoff” is more than a lifeguard in red swim shorts. Since he has contributed to America’s Got Talent, Britain’s Got Talent is currently working with Play Station to create his own video game. He has also teamed up with Lean Pockets as well as released his newest album,This Time Around; not to mention a series of online work which fans can contribute to! The hilarious Hoff took a moment to talk to TheCelebrityCafe.com about his current work and future work, but it wouldn’t be an interview with The Hoff if there weren’t a twist of sarcasm and humor mixed in.
TheCelebrityCafe: Tell me about your work with Lean Pockets.
David Hasselhoff: Mr. Lean came to me through, well, I don’t know how he came to me. [Probably] through my manager because I’ve been doing a lot of work online – I have a big online presence with my website and my Twitter. I’m getting a lot of things actually. I’ve things with Play Station where I’ve done a “Dance Hoff.” I have a game coming out on iTunes for the iPhone from Play Station.
I have a commercial in Norway which is an interactive commercial where you can actually co-star in the commercial. We’ve green screened everybody and you put your Facebook in there and it says that “David Hasselhoff is looking for Sarah in the mall,” and there’s a picture of you, and at the end we find you in your house. If your house is on satellite we actually shoot coming to your house – it’s pretty wild.
I’ve been doing things in Germany that actually involve my video tape. Basically my online presence is generating a lot of resources for me. We have a keen sense of recognizing the obvious and the obvious is that Baywatch is still the number one syndicated show in the world and since people know me so well they respond to whatever I do.
Then from there, America’s Got Talent to Britain’s Got Talent and episodes ofKnight Rider and Baywatch are still running and so, this came to me. [Lean Pockets] know I have a crazy sense of humor, and they know that I like to make fun of myself. They brought me in and said they have this German metrosexual crazy character, and they told me what it was like and it kind of (In his best German accent) “Talks like this! And it’s up to you!…”
He’s very funny. I went and did the show and I went 2000 percent crazier than they expected and it was great. When it first came out the reviews said, “Has Hasselhoff gone crazy? What won’t this guy do?” And I thought, “Oh my God my career is over.” My girlfriend came in and told me some negative report right online and the next thing that came out was 3 million hits and we went, “Oh! I guess we’re a hit!”
So now it’s a hit. It’s a funny character, it’s not gay, it’s not making fun of anybody. He’s just a crazy character like Will Ferrell or Steve Martin would do, and I was always a fan of those guys, so it was kinda cool to do it! Besides that, the Lean Pockets are good, so it’s not like you’re promoting cigarettes, they really taste good!
They actually sent me a bunch of them when I was making The Christmas Consultant which will be out on Lifetime next Christmas. I came home from work one freezing cold night in Canada and there was Lean Pockets there and thought, “Ah! Let’s try one of these baby’s out!” I ate about six of the cheese ones right away, they’re really good.
TCC: Are those your favorite kind?
DH: The three cheese are my favorite, but there is this one that has meat in it, gives you a little protein if want to work out. You know, they’re definitely munchy food.
TCC: You were mentioning games that you were going to put out, what are the names of those games?
DH: The game is called “Hoff Zombie Beach.” It’s Hoff against the Zombie’s and it’s going to be awesome. We’ve been working on it for, gosh, it’s going to be 8 months and we designed it ourselves. I went to Play Station and I said I don’t want an advance, I don’t want any money, I don’t want to own this. I want to develop with you guys, I want it to be the Hoff’s and all of the “Hoffisms” – like we have the watch from Knight Rider - and it’s all kind of little things that have happened in my life. I’m dressed as a lifeguard at the beach and all of these zombie’s come out of the water. There are a lot of other things coming out as well.
I’m on a thing called Trust Us With Your Life which is on ABC on July 10. I’m on the third episode and it’s kind of like What’s My Line with Drew Carey and Fred Willard is the host. It has Wayne Brady and a bunch of comedians; it’s really, really, funny. Right now I am trying to get back into a line of things in America but I am so busy with Europe.
Each Christmas I do a panta in the U.K which is like Peter Pan where I play “Hoff the Hook.” It’s a big sendoff; it’s fun and very, very successful and it only lasts 5 weeks, but it’s Christmas so I have to bring Christmas over there, which in a way is great, but it’s kinda not the same. In a way it’s neat because my girls come over and it’s usually snowing and cold, but I’ve done a lot of concerts and I am working on my own show for Broadway called “Hoff Broadway” and I’m trying to get back into a line of television in the states.
The last two years I just really got into touring and I said, you know, there’s really nothing happening in the States right now other than reality and I didn’t want to do America’s Got Talent, and I did Britain’s Got Talent for a year. It’s fun to do it when it’s live, but the rest of the time it’s not. It’s a lot of travel and watching people on stage and sitting there. I kind of feel like, I’m 59 years-old, I don’t want to be watching people. I’d rather be on stage doing it. Even if I don’t make the same amount of money, I don’t care about that. I want to do what makes me happy and that’s singing and pleasing people and adventure and surprise.
I like the adrenaline. I go to South Africa after this and we’ll go on a safari after our concert. So, we try to find some sort of adventure that kind of coincides with whatever we are doing.
TCC: You just released an album titled This Time Around, can you tell me about that?
DH:This Time Around is an album that took me a few years to finish. The music of Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse who wrote “Jekyll and Hyde” and they did, “Stop the world, I want to get off” and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Their music is just phenomenal and it comes from Broadway and it comes from Frank’s library and This Time Around is a tribute to those who made fun of me singing because I can sing. I grew up in the theater and I trained for this and I’m very proud of the album; people who hear it, love it. It’s kind of a Josh Groban album, it’s beautifully done. I was out promoting that, so when I’m in my concert tours I’m doing the Edinburgh Festival between the 20th and 27th and then I do Leicester Square in the U.K on the 17th and 18th of August.
In those shows I will do half way Broadway and half these beautiful ballads then I’ll turn it into a rock n roll Hoff party. I do a tribute to Hoff, a tribute toBaywatch, a tribute to Knight Rider. I sing “Jump In My Car” which was a big hit in Europe. Then, I actually do disco! They called me and I said, “Disco? Why would I want to do a disco for?” They said, “How about 20,000 pounds?” I said, “I’ll do a disco!” They all dress up as me and when they play the Baywatchtheme they all take off their tops! I said, “Let’s just do disco’s for the rest of our lives.” It’s crazy, guys are ripping off their tops, girls are ripping off their tops revealing bikini’s and they’re all dressed as Baywatch and they stand there and scream, “Oh we love the Baywatch!” They kiss me, then they leave and give me money. Then I went, hmmm… hmmm… this is fun! So we do a few of those a year, and now we’re starting to do a university tour.
Universities are coming after me to do a homecoming because I sing at the homecoming game and its entertainment for the parents and the kids. It’s kind of a funny place in my life right now so if a TV series comes along I would probably do that, but nothing has really come along that I really like. I did Sons of Anarchy but they’ve kind of run their course and been around the block, so I’m looking for something new and we’ll see what happens.
TCC: You also make an appearance in Keith Lemon: The Film where you star as “The Hoff” what is like playing your infamous nickname?
DH: Well Keith Lemon is a good friend and one time I did his show and I didCelebrity Juice about five times. So, I’ve been on Keith Lemon about twenty times now and I always say I’d like to do my own show and call it “Hoff an Hour” so he wrote “Hoff an Hour” in his show and I’m a host like David Letterman. I’m interviewing Kelly Brooke and she’s telling me about her new calendar and I get turned on – on stage and I get very embarrassed that I can’t get out of my seat. Then Keith Lemon comes on with the Keith Lemon phone and it’s a really funny cute movie and he’s a first class guy, I love working with him and I think the movie is going to be crazy. Same reason I did Piranha 3 DD , it’s probably the worst movie ever made, but that’s why it’s so good it’s so frickin’ funny, it’s so stupid it’s so funny, everybody gets eaten and beheaded. I won’t make any rescues because I’m not really a lifeguard I’m David Hasselhoff. It’s really funny! We went and saw it in 3D and we laughed, of course there were only 5 people in the audience but we laughed with our audience.
TCC: You have The Christmas Consultant, Keith Lemon: The Film , the video games, the commercials and not to mention your album- where will fans see you next?
DH: You know, I don’t know… I’m working on an online series called “Bum Baywatch.”
TCC: Based off of the Baywatch series?
DH: Based off of David Hasselhoff going to Bum Bay to make a Bollywood movie! You can see what happens to me when I go there…just put a camera on my head and you would not believe the kind of stuff that happens to me. It’s just crazy. Here’s a series: Hide a camera in my head, follow me with a camera, two guys with other camera’s and let’s watch what happens! I can shut down Time Square in 28 seconds, just by going out and handing out autographed pictures. I’m just saying, I go to Zimbabwe in the jungle and every time someone sees me or delivers me room service they say, “Knight Rider!” Or another guy goes, “Knight Rider, when did you get so old?” [laughing] And that’s in Zimbabwe! I mean, Knight Rider, so I got down on my knee and proposed to my girl and I was doing that as a gag on Twitter and it says, “Knight Rider proposes to girlfriend” in Victoria Falls. They didn’t even say my name; they called me “Knight Rider” the whole interview.
You know it’s funny and endearing, and it’s wonderful it’s a positive thing. When I see people on the street, even the homeless people, “Hey Knight Rider, how you doing?” They all know Knight Rider.