Leading up to the release, Dimension had structured their online campaign mostly behind the B-movie prowess of actor David Hasselhoff, who become an online legend after his drunken cheeseburger tirade a few years back. And while it may appear that the summer bloodbath was built around Hasselhoff’s lengthy role, producer Joel Soisson reveals to Moviehole that they had other names in mind, with his personal favorite being NBA all-star/hall of famer Chalres Barkley.
“Former basketball great Charles Barkley, hands down. During the scripting stage, Bob Weinstein had suggested there be more celebrity lifeguards than just Hasselhoff. Off the cuff, he threw out names like Snooki, Kim Kardashian and Barkley. Now, I don’t watch that reality shit so I don’t know much about Snooki and Kim but I am a HUGE Barkley fan. Seeing Sir Charles toss out some of his classic lines like “You know why that little girl’s crying? It’s because she’s thinking ‘my daddy’s a wussy’” — well there are at least 27 different situations in our movie where that line would have killed.”
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