From: The Times of India
David Hasselhoff needs no introduction. This American actor made waves in India in the late 80s and the 90s with his stint, first in the hit TV series Knight Rider and then again, with Baywatch. Chennai Times gets chatting with the actor who will be appearing in a new film Piranha 3DD.
Can you tell us about your role inPiranha 3DD?
I play the role of David Hasselhoff. There was a lot of competition out there but I won the role! I took a little training to play David Hasselhoff. I’m very excited to play him. He is one of my favorite actors and all time hero; so to play him is kind of to live up to the expectation was a little nerve racking. But I think I pulled it off. I went into a deep trance, and every night I meditated, and I read David Hasselhoff’s book to try to find out who he was about.
It’s kind of the dark side of David Hasselhoff, and I enjoyed playing that and especially not wanting to rescue the ginger little moron kid. And not making any of the rescues — I just thought it was the funniest thing ever!
Aren’t you annoyed that your past few appearances in movies have been as a celebrity guest, mostly playing yourself?
I think it’s funny playing David Hasselhoff. And it works because I was able to play David Hasselhoff, and kind of get to the essence of him.
How was the experience shooting for the film?
It was amazing. The cast and crew were so creative. I got to take a piranha home with me. It’s in my house now. And it’s strange because every time I try to feed it, it’s pretty scary. I got a little blood in my eye once, but I kept going. I’m a hero! There were so many girls in such a good shape that it looked like Baywatch on steroids. It was living in 3D moment every time you go to the pool. It was distracting at times like, ‘Oh my God! What’s that?’ But it was more fun watching everyone in the pool get… eaten by the fish. And there was a lot of blood.
What’s next on the cards?
I’ve got a film in development called Jungle Brats, which is like Goonies. I’ve got a movie coming out called The Christmas Consultant. It’s really a big role. It’s the lead. So things are really turning around for me.
Would you ever consider doing a new Knight Rider Movie?
I’m actually looking to try to bring back Knight Rider.
Have you watched any Indian films before?
Does Slumdog Millionaire count? Yes, I have watched several.
What are your first thoughts when you hear India?
I think I could live off of Indian food! I love it all, especially the chicken korma! I would love to have any reason to come to India. I am ready to come to the India … so call me!