September 8, 2017: David Hasselhoff Talks Missing Opportunity at Being Superman

by Neil Cole

When casting was originally underway for the lead role as the Man of Steel in "Superman: The Movie", many actors were considered prior to Christopher Reeve landing the part including David Hasselhoff.

In a recent interview with The A.V. Club reflecting on now lengthy career, Hasselhoff talked about the possiblity of being chosen for the role of Superman in the 1978 blockbuster film but ultimately missing out on the opportunity due to his manager talking him out of auditioning fearing that he'd be typecast.

"A long time ago, I was up for Superman, and my manager at the time said to me, 'I don't think you should do Superman, because if you do Superman, you'll be Superman for the rest of your life'," stated Hasselhoff. "And you know, Christopher Reeve went on to be Superman in real life and in films and in all kinds of different films. That was probably the worst advice."

Hasselhoff when on to talk about the television roles he has become so well known for during his career including Michael Knight on "Knight Rider" and Mitch Buchannon on "Baywatch".

"When people say, 'You're such a nice guy. You still embrace Knight Rider and Baywatch! Most actors get really upset!' What? Why?! I mean, look at Schwarzenegger. He went right back to the Terminator. Get over it. You're lucky if you get one hit. You're freaking lucky if you get one hit! I've had like five or six. So that's the advice I got, and I'm still laughing about that, because I was really close to getting Superman, and we pulled out of it."

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