Hasselfhoff, the star of Piranha 3DD, has never shied away from camp. So it was no surprise when David Hasselhoff’s name was added to the ever growing cast of characters in what can now be officially called the Sharknado franchise. For the third installment, this time set in Washington, D.C., Hasselhoff joins the cast as the father of Fin Shepard, played by Ian Ziering. We know you have questions, so we went straight to the Hoff for answers. Warning: Sharknado 3 spoilers ahead.
Have you filmed your part for Sharknado 3 yet?
I’m done, actually. I came back from the BBC World Conference, I was selling my TV series called Hoff the Record which is like Curb Your Enthusiasm, David Hasselhoff moves to the U.K. It was a super-big high and I said, ‘Hey I want to get my knees done’ so I went in and had some ERP [Enhanced Recovery Programme] stuff done on my knees. I thought I would recover in like four days and I didn’t. So I just rode into Sharknado with a limp and we shot three days as Ian Ziering’s father. You know, I’ve seen the [first two] and the dad character wasn’t really in it and I was going to play him like Clint Eastwood, you know, kind of just a real nutcase. And then I got this epiphany when I was working with Ian and I just played it real and — with all this ridiculous shark stuff going on around us — we played it real and it worked. Suddenly we’re like, “What are we onto here?” When you take something like Sharknado with sharks outside and you play the characters real, it works.
And they recently announced the airdate: July 22.
You’ll hear a lot about it. They’ve got me now, they hooked me because everyone else is doing a cameo and they gave me a nice chunky part and I said, “OK I’m in.” I’ve never had more fun, it’s a great group of people and I think they’re still smiling because they can’t figure out why it works either. [Laughs.] And it was the same guys from [the first] Sharknado and they’re hoping there will be, you know, Sharknado 100. I die in the movie, but I think they love me so much that they’ll find some way to regurgitate me from some shark and bring me back.
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In a movie with shark hurricanes, it can’t be too out-there to bring a character back from the dead.
I think it could be like Hoffnado next year instead of Sharknado. It’ll be Hoffnado with, like, thousands of Hoffs.
That sounds like a fantastic idea, and you should pitch it to somebody immediately.
As soon as I hang up, I’m going to call Netflix.
Sharknado 3 airs Wednesday, July 22 at 9 p.m. on SyFy.