“You want to make sure you’re satisfying that part of an audience’s need which is showcasing the bodies of Baywatch, but also making sure we’re having a lot of fun.” – Dwayne Johnson on Baywatch
When Baywatch first premiered on television in 1989 it was an immediate cult sensation that led to eleven seasons in total and several made for TV movies. The campy hit followed Mitch Buchannon, portrayed by David Hasselhoff, a head coach of a team of lifeguards along the hot sands of Los Angeles. The lifeguards are all too pretty and not very bright, but they run in slow motion showing off fresh tans and six pack abs while saving lives and solving murder mysteries along the way.
Baywatch finds itself on the silver screen decades later, with Dwayne The Rock Johnson stepping into Hasselhoff’s shoes to play Mitch Buchannon. In this remake, Buchannon teams up with new hot shot Matt Brody (Zac Efron), a hot head who gives everybody around him a headache. The unlikely pair come together to solve a criminal plot that threatens the lives of LA Baywatch’s finest crew of lifeguards.
Dwayne The Rock Johnson has a long, long list of films coming out this year and next, including: The Fate of the Furious, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Rampage, and San Adreas 2 where he will reunite with Baywatch costar Alexandra Daddario. Baywatch also stars Zac Efron (Neighbors), Kelly Rohrback (Cafe Society), Prianka Chopra (Quantico), and Jon Bass (All Nighter).
To play the heroic, fatherly figure Mitch Buchannon, Dwayne The Rock Johnson had to go into Baywatch knowing that through all of his words of advice, he would have to be shirtless in nearly every scene of the film. No stranger to pumping iron, Johnson trained vigorously yet again for another big movie role. While Johnson admits he’s never had to be saved before, he says, “I have had really bad injuries that have happened, you know like tearing a lot of different things away from my body that needed immediate attention.”
Dwayne The Rock Johnson sat down with FilmInside to discuss the making of Baywatch. He talks saving lives, cyberbullying, body expectations, and more. “No, I have not ever saved anyone,” says Johnson. “I have practiced multiple times mouth to mouth resuscitation with Zac Efron.” To see more about what Dwayne The Rock Johnson has to say about Baywatch, watch the exclusive video interview below.
Check out the exclusive interview with Dwayne The Rock Johnson here: