David Hasselhoff Prevented A Young Leonardo DiCaprio From Starring As His Son In The Original ‘Baywatch’

Well, we all know by now that Leonardo DiCaprio’s favorite thing in the world may be trotting around on his various luxury yachts. Yet, although we may be familiar with , little did we know that he also had a brush with his current lifestyle long before he was snapping up Academy Awards for getting in a tussle with a bear:

According to original Baywatch producers Michael Berk and Douglas Schwartz, when he was just 15-years-old, a fresh-faced Leo almost landed the part in the iconic ’90s show. In fact, the young actor was close to starring as David Hasselhoff’s son Hobie.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Berk revealed:

“We actually had DiCaprio ready to be cast. But David thought he was too old to play his son.”

Apparently, as the story goes, Hasselhoff was against the casting because he had concerns that a young actor would make him appear far older than he wanted to be. Schwartz added:

“David thought it would make him look older. He had a lot of concerns of that type.”

As we know, the part actually ended up going to Brandon Call in the first season, who was then replaced with Jeremy Jackson for the remainder of the beach babe extravaganza.

Brandon Call and Jeremy Jackson in 'Baywatch'
Brandon Call and Jeremy Jackson in ‘Baywatch’

And young Leo wasn’t the only budding star that Hasselhoff was eager to veto when the first season of Baywatch came out. Apparently, the Hoff was also very against red-swimsuit stalwart Pamela Anderson from joining the cast. Berk admitted:

“David said, ‘I don’t want a girl that’s been in Playboy.’ He said, ‘Children watch this show.’”

Hasselhoff and Anderson in 'Baywatch'

Hasselhoff and Anderson in ‘Baywatch’

Schwartz then piped in, drawing attention to Pammie’s ample assets as being a particular reason for Hasselhoff’s uncertainty:

“She had these enormous breasts and David thought he would be upstaged by everyone looking at her breasts. Which is what happened.”

Oh, you sneaky Hoff! Let’s hope that kind of behavior wasn’t an issue on the recent production of the upcoming Baywatch adaptation, starring The Rock, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario and

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