Cameos are pretty much de rigueur when it comes to a film made in the name of nostalgia, and Baywatch is no exception to this rule. However, in the case of former TV cast member Pamela Anderson, it looks like those behind the film are going to have to try a little harder to sell her on the prospect of coming back.
Pamela Anderson caught up with ET Online, and as luck would have it she mentioned that she was offered a part in the film. However, while the role that was offered wasn't the best of fits, she's not completely turning her back on the prospect, as she explained:
I haven’t turned it down completely yet, but I have turned down what they offered me, but we’ll see what happens...Baywatch was such a huge part of my life. And really they're trying to do an homage. It's an honor to have them want me to be a part of it so bad. But I don’t know how it benefits me to be in the film...Who knows, we’ll see what happens.
While the Canadian actress who played lifeguard Casey Jean "CJ" Parker on the original Baywatch TV show does seem a little skittish about just jumping in for any old part they offer her, Pamela Anderson does recognize how iconic she was to the show's success. Between her days in the red spandex swimsuit, and her earlier role of Lisa, a "tool girl" on Home Improvement, Anderson became a well known face to television audiences, and it's a fact that's not lost on her in the slightest. Yet even with those acknowledgements, the fact that she's even entertaining a role in Baywatch's modern reboot is a feat in and of itself.
It was only a couple of months ago that Pamela Anderson had shot down the Baywatch remake, stating, "No one appreciates the remakes, " and that the film wouldn't work in a more modern context. Which has us wondering what this new offer was that somehow got her to only turn down participating in the project partially? Perhaps the role that was offered can somehow be tailored, or the compensation offered for said role can be sweetened to Anderson's liking? At this point, there's an even, yet uncertain, chance that she just might land a gig that would please die hard fans of the original show, while lending the modern take an air of authenticity.
For now though, Pamela Anderson is in a holding pattern on her Baywatch role, with the film already in production for a May 19, 2017 release date. So if she's actually interested in being a part of this satirical love letter to the show she helped build, she shouldn't waste any time getting that deal in place.