David Hasselhoff is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a major and innovative way. Hasselhoff, the man best known for Baywatch and Knight Rider, is making his superhero debut with a cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. But unlike traditional celebrity cameos, The star doesn't just appear in the film, he's also singing on the soundtrack. Really, the David Hasselhoff cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is just the beginning of his involvement.
Hasselhoff, who also entertained a brief music career, recorded a rap song for the GOTG 2 soundtrack with The Sneepers called "Guardians Inferno." According to the Hof himself, the song is the main title theme with lyrics written by writer-director James Gunn himself. Why did Gunn go out of his way to write a song for Hasselhoff? Well, the actor said that Gunn approached him due to his love of Knight Rider. "He kinda wooed me into singing the main title song, which I've already cut, and it's really fun, and he wrote that," Hasselhoff teased at the L.A. premiere of the film, via ComicBook.com. The song itself was released two weeks before the film, and is already available to purchase as part of the official movie soundtrack, Vol. 2 Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 2.
Besides getting to deliver awesome lyrics about the Guardians in "Guardians Inferno" — he even gets to call Groot an "infantilized sequoia" — Hasselhoff also has a more traditional cameo in GOTG 2. Small spoiler alert! Early in the film, Star-Lord mentions that he used to fantasize that Hasselhoff, one of his childhood heroes, was his father, only to have his actual father, Ego, shapeshift into Hasselhoff right in front of his eyes. The cameo is brief, but sweet.
Unfortunately, we don't get to see Hasselhoff actually perform "Guardians Inferno" in the film, and Marvel has yet to release a music video for the track. Hasselhoff's cameo, both on screen and in song, is sure to be a hit with fans, especially with those who might remember his turn as Nick Fury in the 1998 TV movie Nick Fury: Agent of Shield. Whether or not Hasselhoff's cameo was a one time deal remains to be seen, but it definitely sounds like Hasselhoff would be willing to return to the franchise. "What I'm allowed to tell you is it's been a great experience — a really great experience," Hasselhoff said at the premiere.
James Gunn and yours truly saying better watch this movie!! pic.twitter.com/X1ylxNJB70— David Hasselhoff (@DavidHasselhoff) April 20, 2017
I don't know about you, but I don't want to get on Hasselhoff's bad side, so I think I'll go see what this Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is all about.