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