David Hasselhoff has become a master of self-awareness in recent years. Willing to dissect his own resume without fear, his meta approach to his own work came to a head with his newly released comedy Killing Hasselhoff. Oddly enough, however, the film features a bizarrely prophetic running gag about The Hoff wanting to make a "superhero musical" -- which is what he eventually goes on to do in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's fan-favorite "Inferno" video. I recently asked the Knight Rider star about that coincidence while discussing Killing Hasselhoff, and he explained that it was pure serendipity. The Hoff elaborated,
That's so weird, because somebody actually brought that up yesterday, and it never actually occurred to me. And it's a superhero musical! And the whole time I was saying, 'Barry I've got two words for you: superhero musical!' And he goes 'Oh god, put a pin in that.' And it was like Jon Lovitz and I were just jammin' and all of the sudden I'm in a friggin' superhero musical, which is out now with Guardians 'Inferno'. And it's just really... I guess like singing on the Berlin Wall, you know? Just kinda synchronicity. Happens to be in the right time.
What's bizarre about this coincidence is the fact that Killing Hasselhoff frames the idea of a "superhero musical" as something that couldn't possibly happen. The Hoff's agent Barry (played by Jon Lovitz in the film) consistently shrugs off the idea as a pipe dream. By his admission, Hasselhoff didn't even recognize the coincidence until fans saw Killing Hasselhoff and "Inferno" side-by-side. Against all the odds, he pulled off something that his fictionalized self couldn't. Unless Killing Hasselhoff is a stealth prequel to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (it isn't), that's a pretty fascinating coincidence.
Check out the "Inferno" video below to see The Hoff's glorious superhero musical in action.
Killing Hasselhoff centers on a struggling nightclub owner (Ken Jeong) who finds himself in dire financial straights. Learning that he needs to make a quick buck to keep his life together, he realizes that the only way to make the money he needs is to secretly murder David Hasselhoff (who obviously plays himself) to win a celebrity death pool and collect the winnings. The film also stars standup comedian Jim Jeffries and Flight of the Conchords' Rhys Darby.
Killing Hasselhoff is now available on Digital HD and DVD, and you can catch David Hasselhoff's real-life superhero musical on the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 home release, which is also now available. Looking ahead to the rest of the year, make sure to take a look at CinemaBlend's comprehensive movie premiere guide for more information on all of 2017's biggest theatrical releases!