TMZ caught up with Anderson, who played lifeguard C.J. Parker in the original TV series from the ‘90s. When asked about what she thought of the new movie, she said:
No one appreciates the remakes.
She continued to say that the film wouldn’t work in 2015 because the ‘90s were "a sweeter, simpler time" for TV. She also praised the Baywatch series as being the best time of her life, but it should be noted that she was not asked to reprise her role for the movie remake, according to TMZ.
On the other side of this argument is David Hasselhoff, who, according to Radar Online, is in talks to appear in the film. A source claims that he hasn’t signed on yet because he’s demanding a boat-load of money, believing the movie won’t survive without him. Back in 2012, before director Seth Gordon came aboard and the 21 Jump Street-style direction was decided upon, Hasselhoff said he’d appear as himself in the remake and not his character Mitch Buchannon. Though, that detail could’ve changed since then.
Dare we pose this question, but is Pamela Anderson right? If you look back on the movie remakes, there’s perhaps a handful that have stuck and will likely stand the test of time. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill’s 21 Jump Street is one of them, but the fact that the Baywatch movie will follow in this same direction speaks to Hollywood’s trend of over-saturation when a film becomes successful for doing its own thing. The Rock and Efron certainly have enough star power to attract a new generation of theatergoers to a project like this, but Anderson might be right on the money. The vast majority of remakes seem to be fast and easy money, but not longterm winners.
In defense of the remake, Efron distanced the movie from the original property. After telling Reuters it would be "R rated and badass," he said:
I think we're going like pretty big with it and I don't think it's going to be much like the old Baywatch to be honest. I think we're going to kind of reinvent it in a big way, and [Johnson] has big plans for it. I know he's very ambitious.
Pamela be damned, this is happening whether she likes it or not.