'Baywatch' Movie Casts Dwayne Johnson to Star & Here's Why They're Making the Right Call — UPDATE
UPDATE: Dwayne Johnson confirmed his involvement in the Baywatch movie with an Instagram post Friday morning, captioned, "This is my beach bitch!" Rumors are true... we're making #BAYWATCH the movie. Edgy, raunchy and hopefully, funny as all hell. Cue slo mo running on the beach... #WhoNeedsMouthToMouth #RedShortsBeHugginABrotha". The accompanying picture can be viewed below.
Ah, Baywatch. The show might have been a bit before my time, but I've seen endless parodies of shirtless men and bikini-clad women running in slow motion along a beach presumably to help save someone from drowning. I know my Pamela Andersons and my David Hasselhoffs. I can even hum the theme song(s). But Paramount is looking to revamp Baywatch for the new generation with a movie and I'm hearing all good things so far. Dwayne Johnson is attached to star in the Baywatch film, though nothing is yet set in stone, and that's all the reason we need to watch the movie. I mean, really, have you seen Johnson's abs?
Of course you have. He's been proudly displaying them to the world for most of his career. I'm one of those people who still refer to him as Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson because I first became aware of Johnson under the guise of his wrestling moniker. I mean, really, how am I supposed to be anywhere near my kitchen without shouting, "IF YOU SMELLLLLLL WHAT THE ROCK IS COOKIN'"? I'm only human. Even as recently as Hercules, Johnson has been showing off his incredibly ripped body and rock hard (pun intended) abs. It's almost like his career was one long audition for Baywatch.
Aside from Johnson, there are no other names rumored to be starring or guest starring in the film just yet. In fact, Paramount hasn't even confirmed that Johnson even will be in the film — just that the movie is finally going forward after numerous delays. The script has yet to be written and no plot has been solidified, but the Baywatch movie is happening you guys. If they don't end up landing Johnson for a main role, or decide to go in a different direction, then I confess that I will be immensely disappointed. The Magic Mike sequel missed its chance to cast him and I would hate to see Baywatch pass that up too.
However, if he truly isn't available, then I wouldn't mind seeing Baywatch beg Zac Efron to come in for a role. Surely I'm not the only one still holding on to Efron's shirtless stunt at the MTV Movie Awards and his numerous shirtless scenes in Neighbors as among my fondest celebrity memories? If he and Johnson get cast side by side in the Baywatch movie, however, it might need to come with a warning label for too many abs for one brain to handle.
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