The Hoff Does Vegas – in Drag!
He's played a crime fighter in Knight Rider and a lifesaver in Baywatch, but now David Hasselhoff takes PEOPLE behind-the-scenes for his most challenging role to date – the cross-dressing director Roger DeBris in a Las Vegas production of the Broadway musical The Producers.
WHAT A TEASE!
Hasselhoff shows off one of two shapely gams that caught legendary producer Mel Brooks's eye. "Now I know why women can't wait to get out of heels," Hasselhoff says of wearing 2-in. pumps. But even he has his limits, drawing the line at the original 3-in. pair: "I'll fall over like a giraffe."
When Hasselhoff first put on this 35-lb. beaded-gown costume, he admits his initial thought was, "Oh God, I don't know." Now, comfortable in his second skin, Hasselhoff wonders during the fitting, "Why do they make the butt so big on this?"
Transforming into his alter ego "the Grand Dutchess," Hasselhoff says that when he puts on the red wig, "it looks like Dennis Rodman on acid." But getting the call to play this flamboyant character has been just another side trip on his Hollywood ride: "I never thought I'd be talking to a car or in syndication history with a crazy show like Baywatch."
HE LOOK PRETTY TODAY
Instead of letting the makeup artists help, Hasselhoff (here, expertly lining his eyes) likes to do his own face painting. "It feels like I'm back in high school drama class again," he says of his 15-minute makeup routine.
ME, MYSELF AND I
"It's David with his new boyfriend!" jokes Hasselhoff, standing next to his Baywatch cutout. In fact, his dressing room – filled with posters of himself from various shows, a Knight Rider lunchbox and a magazine with guess who on the cover – looks like an homage to yours truly. "I must be the most self-indulgent person to have this stuff," he says, "But I've gotta market the Hoff."