It’s one of the most iconic shows of all time. Its red bathing suits and cheesy, slow-mo scenes are known the world over. Although NBC cancelled the show after one season, that didn’t stop Baywatch from becoming one of the most popular shows on television. Indeed, Baywatch persevered through cancellations, bad reviews, budget cuts and a sex tape, to name only a few. It went on to air in 148 countries and was translated into 15 languages. Of course, we do have to thank David Hasselhoff, who recognized early on that the show could be a success beyond the United States. He also agreed to take a massive pay cut, making it possible for us to admire Pamela Anderson’s bod for years to come.
With a show as iconic as Baywatch, naturally, there was going to be a reboot. This one will star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario and Kelly Rohrbach, as well as cameos by David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson. It’s slated for May 19, 2017. That’s seven long months away, but in the meantime, we’re hoping this juicy behind-the-scenes look at the show will keep your appetite whet until then.
15. Carmen Electra Was Hoff’s Fave
We value David Hasselhoff’s opinion. So, out of all the beach babes Hasselhoff worked with over the years – and there were many – who was his favourite? Hint: it wasn’t Pamela Anderson or Nicole Eggert. That’s right, it was Carmen Electra. “She’s got the most beautiful eyes,” Hasselhoff said. “She’s like one of the guys, she hangs out, she doesn’t look like one of the guys, but she’s cool… she just goes with the flow.” And, perhaps her boobs didn’t threaten to out-due him, like some of his other cast members (more on that to come). Of course, he also praised her professionalism and the fact that she always knew her lines. He liked that she was always ready to jump in the water, unlike the majority of the cast who could barely swim (more on that to come as well).
14. The Show Cheaped Out A Lot
Baywatch had a fairly rocky start. NBC cancelled it after one season because of low ratings. Eventually, its budget was slashed by 30 percent. In order to save as much of their money as possible, they used rooms that were actually meant for the crew as part of their set. A break room that had running water, for example, was used as one of the lifeguard’s kitchen. David Hasselhoff even agreed to be paid significantly less per episode, hoping that he may earn some of that money back in the future if the show became successful enough. The show would not have been able to continue on if it weren’t for Hasselhoff.
You know those famous, corny slow-mo shots of the lifeguards running down the beach toward some kind of danger, whether it was a shark or something else? They were actually used to make short episodes a bit longer, so that they wouldn’t have to spend money on getting more footage.
13. The Cast Was Hot But Kinda Useless
Baywatch simply wanted its cast members to look hot while running down the beach and if you could swim, that was a bonus. But the tight red swimsuits might have been constricting the blood flow to their brain because this proved to be somewhat of a difficult task (that is, looking hot while running down the beach). Pamela Anderson, for example, needed to be coached on how to run on the beach (bless her) while the majority of the cast could barely swim. Don’t most people learn how to run and swim by the time they enter the first grade? Are we just too big for our britches or are we totally right about this one? Even Zac Efron, who will have a role in the Baywatch reboot, had some trouble swimming in the ocean while trying to make himself look like a legitimate lifeguard. Well, at least they all look super hot. We’ll give them that.
12. Baywatch Rejected A Ton Of Stars
Baywatch has broken a lot of hearts over the years. In the original series, Sandra Bullock and Alicia Silverstone were both turned down for roles. Dean Cain auditioned to play Matt Brody. When it came to the reboot and the role of Summer Quinn (a role that eventually went to Alexandra Daddario), a long list of actresses were considered but didn’t end up landing the role, including Nina Dobrev and Ashley Benson, to name a few. Even Kate Upton and Charlotte McKinney (Charlotte being hailed as “The Next Kate Upton”) were said to be in contention for the role of C.J. Parker. While this can’t be confirmed, neither of the two denied it. While McKinney didn’t land the role of C.J. Parker, however, she will still make a cameo appearance.
11. Pam’s Tape Boosted Baywatch Ratings
Anderson, along with her partner Tommy Lee, had the first ever celebrity sex tape – they were the original OGs, if you will. Of course, it initially threatened Anderson’s career because the show had considered firing her once the tape went public in 1995. It was a good thing they didn’t, though, because the ratings actually doubled after the tape leaked. The original producers of the show said that “It was a good thing for Baywatch.” Pamela Anderson and her body, from her DD breasts to her sex tape, did a lot of good things for Baywatch, at least ratings wise.
While the sex tape was seen by a lot of prying eyes, it was not, however, ever seen by Pamela Anderson. Or David Hasselhoff. While Hasselhoff said he would not watch it because Anderson was like a sister to him, he recommended Hoff the Record, a British documentary-like sitcom that stars Hasselhoff instead.
10. Jason Momoa Regrets His Baywatch Past
This isn’t exactly a behind-the-scenes entry. However, given Jason Momoa’s popularity on Game of Thrones as Khal Drogo, we had to talk about it. Momoa is blue over his Baywatch past and it’s definitely a moment in his timeline that he wants to forget about. When he was 19 years old, he played the role of Jason Ioane for an entire two years. He said, “I was 19 and folding T-shirts in a surf shop. And I got chosen out of 1,300 people to play a leading role on ‘Baywatch Hawaii’. I didn’t even know how to act.” Not only did he only appear in the television series, but he also thought that appearing in a Baywatch movie, Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding, would be a good career move. Let us tell you, it wasn’t. Unfortunately for him, he was unable to find an agent for four or five years because of the role and the fact that people considered him only able to play “the pretty boy.”
9. Leonardo DiCaprio Was Almost Cast
Leonardo DiCaprio’s award-winning career may have looked a lot more like a stormy sea if Baywatch had been a part of his past acting credits on IMDb. Thank goodness no one had to rescue his career. DiCaprio auditioned for the role of Hobbie and was even set to play Mitch Buchannon’s son, Hobbie, but Hasselhoff nixed the idea because he said that having a 15-year-old son would make him look “old.” Due to Hasselhoff’s complaining, the part went to nine-year-old Jeremy Jackson instead, while Leo went on to star in the sitcom Growing Pains. Indeed, DiCaprio may have been an entirely different actor than the one he is today because we know for a fact some actors had a hard time finding roles after being cast in Baywatch since no one would take them seriously.
8. Tommy Lee Raged Over Pam’s Intimate Scenes
Leave it to The Hoff to let us in on all the good, behind-the-scenes gossip. Also, don’t trust him with your secrets. This is all thanks to his autobiography, Don’t Hassle the Hoff, by the way. In any case, Pamela Anderson went on to marry Tommy Lee, member of Motley Crue, and Hasselhoff let us know that Tommy Lee went into a rage whenever his wife had to film intimate love scenes with David Chokachi. Not only would he scream, but he would also get violent and destroy property, like smashing windows. Eventually, the security team had to remove him from the set. Although the two would eventually divorce after three years of marriage, Anderson was not shy about saying the two were still intimate – you know, because that’s a point of interest, right?
7. Pam Didn’t Want To Appear In The Reboot
It is now official that both Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff will be making cameos in the new Baywatch reboot (you can breathe a sigh of relief). While Hasselhoff was thrilled about it, that wasn’t exactly the case for Anderson. First of all, she didn’t think a Baywatch film would make it to the big screen in the first place, saying, “I’ll believe it when I see it” and that “I’ve heard this for 15 years.” She also said that she didn’t think a reboot would be a good idea because “It was charming on television and when you make a TV show [into] a movie I think it loses some of its charm.”
Originally, it was reported that Anderson wouldn’t be appearing in the film at all. She said her reasoning was that “I don’t like remakes of TV shows and I kind of want to leave it as is and be remembered for that.” Of course, it isn’t just about that. Let’s be honest. Anderson also said that “‘I don’t know if I want to go on Baywatch and be, like, the old lady working at a counter somewhere.” It was a surprise when Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson took to Instagram to make an announcement about the new cast member, saying, “She introduced the world to ‘CJ Parker’ and became one of the most iconic characters of a generation – for the most successful TV show of all time”.
6. Most Guys Weren’t Fit Enough For Baywatch
Baywatch was known for having the most attractive people with the best bodies – so much so that viewers didn’t even really care much about the plot line or acting (which is probably why the show was one of the longest-running shows to never actually receive an Emmy). You may think of David Hasselhoff as pure perfection, but he had “very skinny chicken legs,” which meant that he had to have a body double stand him for him a lot of the times. This is according to Michael Newman or “Newmie,” who was a real-life lifeguard that served as an advisor and actor on the show. If the actors weren’t that fit, which was the case for many of them, they also had to be put through training camp in order to get that Baywatch bod.
5. Pam’s Breasts Inspired Surgery
You would think that a pair of breasts would only be a nice thing, but that wasn’t the case. Not only did David Hasselhoff reject the casting of Pamela Anderson because he thought her breasts would upstage him (we will get to that later), but her breasts also made other female members of the cast insecure, including Nicole Eggert (left), who played Summer Quinn. Eggert was actually jealous of Anderson’s busty bod to the extent that she underwent breast enhancement surgery after a few seasons of finally being tired of being outdone by Anderson. Eggert claimed to be “sick” during the procedure and then suddenly emerged for season 7 with entirely new assets. One of the original producers told the story, saying, “She wanted to wear that jacket and I couldn’t figure out why. And then finally, when she took off the jacket, she had these giant double Ds. I didn’t know what to do. I had to put things in front of her and hide her for the rest of the episode.”
4. Contracts Restricted Their Weight
There’s a reason why everyone looked so fit in those tight, red swimsuits – they had contracts stipulating that they couldn’t gain (or lose) more than 5 pounds, a stipulation that applied to both men and women! This is according to Nicole Eggert who played Swimmer Quinn on the show. However, Traci Bingham, another cast member, added that “If you did anything to gain or lose weight, etc. you were in trouble.” All cast members had to wear body makeup as well.
Given that the show was not known for casting people for their acting abilities (Iceland even complained about subtitles getting in the way of them being able to see the hot swimsuits, meaning that no one even cared what anyone was saying), we can’t say we’re entirely surprised. That said, it is very likely that these restrictions probably contributed to a lot of body issues in some of the cast members. We already know that Nicole Eggert felt the need to undergo breast enhancement surgery to compete with some of the other, more endowed women on the show.
3. Pam Slept With Everybody
We know a lot about Pamela Anderson’s sexual history. In perhaps the most scandalous detail to be revealed about what was actually happening behind the scenes of Baywatch, it was apparently a lot of naughty business – and Pamela Anderson was involved in the action, both on-screen and off. While Anderson may have been exaggerating just a little bit, she did say, “Oh everybody was having sex everywhere. In the trailers, behind the trailers around the trailers. I think I slept with everybody at least once.” Baywatch seemed to have the perfect conditions for such events to happen, so it isn’t entirely surprising. Pamela Anderson only ever wearing a bathing suit? Who could resist such a temptation?
2. Hoff Was Nuts Over Casting Decisions
Just when you thought that David Hasselhoff could do no wrong, it turns out that The Hoff is a lot more fragile than you think. Over the course of the show, he threw more than one behind-the-scenes temper tantrum over who was being cast, particularly when it came to someone that could potentially outdo him. When they brought in Playboy model Pamela Anderson for season two of the show, Hasselhoff was against the idea because he didn’t want her (and her breasts) to take attention away from him and “his character.” Of course, this is all only a producer’s opinion and not something Hasselhoff admitted. However, Hasselhoff did say he didn’t want the show to cast Anderson because he didn’t think a Playboy model should be on a show that children watched. Hasselhoff obviously didn’t get his way on that one. Similarly, when the show cast 15-year-old DiCaprio to play his son, Hasselhoff was against that too. Michael Berk, the original producer of Baywatch, said that “[Hasselhoff] had a lot of concerns of that type.” And the plot thickens…
1. Even More Behind-The-Scenes Coupling
This might be the most scandalous entry of them all. While there was a lot of sexiness happening on-screen (even if Pamela Anderson described the show as “sweet” and “innocent”), it seems that it was even steamier off-screen. It is no longer a secret that the majority of the cast members were engaging in intimate relations with one another. A number of former cast members have spoken about this, both men and women. David Chokachi, who played Cody Madison, confessed that “We’re on the beach we’re naked, we’re around each other all day. It’s like sun and ocean, it triggers a lot of stuff!” All of this came to light in a TV documentary Where are they Now?, that was released in May of 2016 – perhaps you should give it a watch if you’re curious to see what other scandalous things the Baywatch cast was getting up to.