Whoa! Leonardo DiCaprio almost played David Hasselhoff's son on Baywatch


Leonardo DiCaprio's career could have had a very different start - he came very close to playing David Hasselhoff's son in Baywatch!

The Revenant star was only 15 years old when he auditioned for the part of Mitch Buchannon's son Hobie in the lifeguard drama and he was the hot favourite for the role.

David Hasselhoff attending a press screening of Hoff The Record at the Empire Cinema, Leicester Square, London.

The original Baywatch produers Michael Berk and Douglas Schwartz told The Hollywood Reporter: "We actually had DiCaprio ready to be cast. But David thought he was too old to play his son."

The part eventually went to Brandon Call for season 1 of the show and was then replaced by Celebrity Big Brother star Jeremy Jackson for the rest of the run.

Jeremy Jackson entering the Celebrity Big Brother house at the start of the latest series of the Channel 5 programme at Elstree Studios

The produers said: "David thought it would make him look older. He had a lot of concerns of that type."

The Hoff also apparently tried to veto Pamela Anderson's casting when she joined the show in the second season.

Michael told THR: "David said, "I don't want a girl that's been in Playboy." He said: "Children watch this show.""

Actress Pamela Anderson at the 2001 VH1 Divas Live show, which this year was a tribute to Aretha Franklin, held at Radio City Music Hall in New York, USA

Schwartz said: "She had these enormous breasts and David thought he would be upstaged by everyone looking at her breasts. Which is what happened."

The big screen version of Baywatch, starring Zac Efron and Dwayne Johnson, will hit cinemas in May 2017.