Hasselhoff meets someone with the ‘Same Name’
Everybody knows David Hasselhoff, right?
You know ... the high-voltage-power technician and landscaper from Lake Jackson, Texas?
It’s nothing new for someone who shares a famous name to take a lot of ribbing, but the not-so-famous one gets to meet his or her celebrity counterpart when the unscripted CBS series “Same Name” premieres Sunday, July 24. In the opener, “Baywatch” and “Knight Rider” icon Hasselhoff samples the world of electrical worker Hasselhoff, and vice versa.
“I didn’t know anything about another David Hasselhoff in America, so when they called me about this, I went, ‘Hmm, that’s interesting,’ ” the actor says. “Then they said, ‘Well, his father is David Hasselhoff Sr.’ I found it really intriguing, and because Hasselhoffs by nature are outgoing and personable, I said, ‘Bring it on!’ ”
However, the other David Hasselhoff didn’t embrace the “Same Name” idea quite as readily. “I was real hesitant,” he admits. “I am a normal guy that never wanted to be on TV.” Ultimately, though, he agreed to do the show because he was “excited about getting to actually meet the guy (who played) all of the characters that I got my nicknames from.
“I was probably 8 or 9 when I first heard of ‘Knight Rider.’ I was playing football, and I made a tackle. Over the loudspeaker, they announced, ‘Nice stop by David “Knight Rider” Hasselhoff!’ I wasn’t sure what ‘Knight Rider’ was, though; I was a little young for that show. The worst was boot camp. The last thing you wanted was to stand out, and how do you not stand out with the same name as (the actor who played ‘Baywatch’ character) Mitch Buchannon?”
“America’s Got Talent” alum Hasselhoff says he found the same-named technician “just a real stand-up guy, someone that you and I would hang out with. And someone who had a big misconception of Hollywood. He apologized to me at least four times. The last time on the telephone, he said, ‘We all think of celebrities a certain way, and I just never knew you were ... ’ And I said, ‘A nice guy?’ And he said, ‘Yeah!’ ”
Indeed, Texas resident Hasselhoff allows that he thought the actor would be “pretentious, arrogant and snooty. After living in his shoes and seeing firsthand who he really is, I was ashamed of myself for stereotyping him.”
Temporarily living in those shoes involved “citizen” Hasselhoff being led through a concert crowd in Switzerland by celebrity Hasselhoff, who says he wanted to give the Texan a taste of his extra European fame as a music star.
“I said, ‘We’ve got 6,000 people here tonight, and they are crazy. I’m gonna walk this guy from the back of the theater to the front, and I know we’re not gonna make it.’ But I wanted to show him what it’s like when you are riding the wave and you’re in the middle of it all, and how exciting and electric and dangerous and passionate and wild it is.
“This guy went onstage with me, and he froze,” performer Hasselhoff adds. “I had the words to ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’ right in front of him, because everybody knows that song, and he couldn’t sing.”