THE EV­ERY­WHERE MAN

DAVID HASSELHOFF POPPED UP HERE, THERE AND HEY, HE’S PROB­A­BLY BE­HIND YOU RIGHT NOW!

Empire (Australasia) - - On Screen - WORDS JAMES WHITE

You ap­peared in Guardians Of The Gal­axy Vol. 2, Bay­watch and Killing Hasselhoff

this year. Why the Hoff­nais­sance?

Haven’t a clue! But it’s been a cool year. I also worked with [Dutch vi­o­lin­ist and con­duc­tor] An­dré Rieu on some con­certs, 10 shows across three weeks, which got broad­cast in cin­e­mas. And I’m work­ing on a new al­bum.

Were you happy with Bay­watch? The Para­mount guys showed me the movie and I went, “It’s not even close to Bay­watch, but maybe peo­ple will like it.” It wasn’t my cup of tea, but I went out and met the cast and fell in love with those peo­ple, so I said I’d do my best to pro­mote it. Will there be a se­quel? I would say if you’re a bet­ting man, don’t bet on it. But I have some great ideas — what if we had a tsunami and the whole cast is in the trees? It could be a dream! You got one of the best char­ac­ter names of the year: Zardu Has­sel­frau in Guardians 2. I’m known as that now. I sign all my texts as ‘Zardu’. James Gunn said they were go­ing to put me in the Guardians ride at Dis­ney­land, a lit­tle cameo. They named a crab af­ter me [a hairy-chested Antarc­tic crab Kiwa ty­leri, nick­named ‘the Hoff crab’ by sci­en­tists], so I at least have to have a cameo in a ride.

What are your plans for New Year’s Eve?

I’m booked to do New Year’s in Ber­lin and prob­a­bly sing Look­ing For Free­dom to another mil­lion peo­ple at mid­night. My fi­ancée wanted to go to Dubai, and I said, “No, we should go to Aus­tralia be­cause it’s re­ally great to be on a boat with fire­works at mid­night, wear­ing sum­mer clothes.” But the plans are to be in Ber­lin singing to ev­ery­one.

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