From Pamela Anderson to Yasmin Bleeth, Baywatch may have professed to be an action drama series about Los Angeles County Lifeguards – but it’s most famous for all those bikini-clad women emerging from the sea and running in slow motion.
And, while David Hasselhoff (the Hoff) was also filmed shaking water from his dripping torso on occasion, his role revolved mainly around rescuing damsels in distress from the treachery of the ocean.
In short, it was a show that objectified women – so, when we learned that a remake was in the works, we weren’t exactly pleased about it.
However the first trailer for the Baywatch movie has now landed. And, judging from what we’ve seen so far, it seems as if men are going to take centrestage this time around.
Zac Efron shared a teaser on his Instagram page, which focused almost solely on his six-pack and ability to dive from a speeding motorbike into the ocean in the work of a moment.
And, when his character is caught checking out the breasts of a young college student, she immediately calls him out on it.
“You should look at my face,” she advises him.
Check it out:
The Rock – aka Dwayne Johnson – also shared a short teaser on his own Twitter page, which features him emerging from the sea with a helpless swimmer in his arms.
Well, while we haven’t seen the face of Johnson’s damsel in distress, it seems pretty clear that it is, in fact, not your classic D.I.D. at all. Because, this time around, it’s a
dude male damsel don in distress.
Watch the clip for yourself below:
While the objectification of both men and women is, of course, wrong, it’s certainly a refreshing twist on the gratuitous, cleavage-heavy scenes of old.
Johnson will be taking on the role of rule-abiding head lifeguard Mitch Buchannon, originally played by Hasselhoff in the original 90s TV show.
Efron, meanwhile, is taking over from David Charvet as young stud Matt Brody.
And there will, obviously, be several female lifeguards on hand to patrol the beaches of Santa Monica alongside their male counterparts.
True Detective's Alexandra Daddario replaces Nicole Eggert as Summer Quinn, and Oldboy star Ilfenesh Hadera is Alexandra Paul's Stephanie Holden.
Speaking about Hadera’s casting, Johnson said on Instagram: “For our coveted role of Stef, [this woman] had to be a lot of things - strong, intelligent, formidable, beautiful and funny.”
He added: “Step out of line Zac and she'll knock your unattractive candy ass into next week.”
Meanwhile Kelly Rohrbach, relatively unknown on the Hollywood circuit at the moment, will be taking over as Pammy’s CJ Parker.
Priyanka Chopra, aka Bollywood icon and Quantico actor, will be stepping in as new character Victoria Leeds – who has already been unveiled as the brand-new Baywatch villain.
And, as the film is being touted as a comedy above all else (it’s being directed by Horrible Bosses’ Seth Gordon) it makes sense that there are some comedians on the cast, too; Hannibal Buress, Jon Bass, Jack Kesy, and Amin Joseph will also feature.
Better still? Pammy and the Hoff also have cameos in the new movie.
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It’s worth pointing out that Anderson has long defended Baywatch from critics claiming the original show was sexist – and she recently told Buzzfeed that it has her decision, not the director or beauty team’s, to make CJ as glam as possible.
“Actually a lot of people [tried to give me a makeunder], especially when I was on Baywatch,” she said. “They were insisting that I didn’t wear eyelashes, but I said, ‘I have my look, this is what I’m comfortable in.’ Sometimes my eyelashes would roll up onto the beach and that’s all that would be left of me. But I was determined to be glamorous. Oh, I loved it, I loved itt. I thought, ‘If you’re going to be on TV, and if you’re gonna be out and glamorous, the natural look can stay at home. If we’re gonna do this, let’s have fun with it!’”
She added: “I think I’m in control of what I do and what I’ve done. I think that’s the ultimate feminine power. Do as you want. Be who you want to be, and not for anybody else. As days go by, women are more and more empowered.”
Baywatch will be released in UK cinemas on 12 May 2017.