David Hasselhoff goes Hoff the record for his 60th Birthday
Photo by Dimension Films
One of the world's most unique entertainers, David Hasselhoff, turns 60 today. In honor of such an important date -- which we assume will someday be a German national holiday -- we're posting this completely bizarre, stream-of-twisted-consciousness audio interview with "The Hoff." If words can be considered gold, this interview should be stored in Fort Knox.
While Hasselhoff may have become world famous for his starring roles on "Knight Rider" (1982) and "Baywatch" (1989), at this point, he's probably best known just for being "The Hoff." But who is "The Hoff," exactly? Obviously, he's a complex amalgamation of melodramatic actor, German singing sensation, and embarrassing YouTube video star. But behind all that there is a gloriously unfiltered aspect of The Hoff, which guarantees pop culture relevance: his mouth.
Perhaps there is no one in Hollywood, or anywhere for that matter, who says as much crazy stuff as "The Hoff." Some prime examples:
- " I feel like Elvis. Only alive."
- "Beyond its entertainment values, 'Baywatch' has enriched, and in many cases, helped save lives."
- "These products will be an extension of who I am, and what better way to start your day than by spraying yourself with me and then heading out to face the world?" (About his signature fragrance.)
Hasselhoff was just as quote worthy when I spoke to him in May about playing himself in the T&A/ horror film, "Piranha 3DD" (due out on DVD and Blu-ray September 4). While the interview is jam packed with quality quotes, there is one in particular that I have chosen to live by: "Once you realize life isn't fair and it's a bit of a joke, then you can get on your Hoff Train and take a ride." I've been much happier ever since.
To celebrate 60 years of "The Hoff," we invite you to climb on board the Hoff Train and enjoy this most entertaining interview, either the recording, which begins with Hasselhoff yelling at his assistant, or the transcription below. Either way, it's one amazing ride.
[Related clip: The Hoff finally makes a rescue]
Adam Pockross: Mr. Hasselhoff, how did you prepare to play Mr. Hasselhoff?
David 'The Hoff' Hasselhoff: 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. I spent probably two days eating cheeseburgers. I also prepared by looking at old "Baywatch" episodes that he was in. And then I talked to his children, Taylor-Ann and Hayley, and spoke to them at length about what it's like living with their father. And then I visited the Berlin Wall and saw exactly the part where he cracked that exact spot. I stood on the wall for a while and I cried, because it was so emotional. And then I went onstage with the director, and we did some emotional recall where you lie down and you go into your childhood memories. Like, 'If you were David Hasselhoff, what would have been your first big toy?' And it was a go-kart that came to me, like in 'Knight Rider.' It was really weird. And, 'What was your second-favorite thing?' It was the beach, and I was like, 'Wow!' So, that's how I did it.
And I think it worked because I was able to play him and kind of get to the essence of him, especially with the line, 'Holy f---, I'm old.' That was a hard line for me to do because I don't feel old, and I never say the word 'holy' and 'f---' together. I've said 'f---,' but never 'holy f---.' But that was the hardest part, to say, 'Holy f---, I'm old.' But I got to do it. And then also, I did get some blood in my eye when I was making the film, but the best part about it was I just kept going. And the director said, 'God, that's fantastic!' And if you look really closely, you'll see me trying to clear my eye during the movie.