David Hasselhoff Clears Up An Old Rumor

David Hasselhoff presents an audiobook during his visit to Berlin and clears up an old rumor.

Berlin. White sneakers, black leather jacket, and the shirt unbuttoned over the graying chest hair: This is how “Baywatch” star David Hasselhoff shows himself on Tuesday at the East Side Gallery in Friedrichshain longest remnant of the wall painted by artists. Hasselhoff chews gum; his forehead looks pretty smooth for his 67 years. “One, two, police,” he calls out to the photographers.

He gives his thumbs up and poses a bit like James Bond. The reason for his flying visit: He presents his crime thriller audiobook “Up Against The Wall – Mission Mauerfall”, which will be published on October 3rd. The story takes us to Berlin in 1989 and revolves around a CIA agent who looks very much like Hasselhoff. He himself can be heard in the English version. The German voice comes from William Cohn, known from the Jan Böhmermann show “Neo Magazin Royale”. According to Hasselhoff, the audiobook story has a lot of humor; he himself is a kind of caricature in it.

Self-irony – that’s what Hasselhoff is using today, 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, to market itself. On New Year’s Eve 1998/90, he sang “Looking for Freedom” at the Brandenburg Gate. Since then, the actor has been considered a cult by many. The anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall comes in handy to build on his earlier successes.

David Hasselhoff: “I had nothing to do with tearing the wall down”

The thriller also plays with the absurd rumor that Hasselhoff personally brought the wall down. He has been asked about this for 30 years, says the actor. “I had nothing to do with tearing down the wall; I just sang a song about freedom.” Today he is happy that the remains of the wall are still standing, he says.

What does he like most about Germany? “That I am still popular after 30 years.” On October 3rd, the day of German unity, Hasselhoff will sing again in Berlin – in the Max-Schmeling-Halle. Hasselhoff promises it will be an absolutely crazy and fantastic evening.