Baywatch is a 2017 American action comedy movie directed by Seth Gordon and based on the television series of the same name. The movie is written by Mark Swift and Damian Shannon, and it stars Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Jon Bass, Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach and Priyanka Chopra. Take a look below for 26 more fun and interesting facts about Baywatch.
1. The movie follows lifeguard Mitch Buchannon and his team who, in an effort to save their beach, have to take down a drug lord.
2. The movie grossed $177 million worldwide and received negative reviews from critics, with criticism for its crude humor, storyline, and character development, but did receive some praise for its cast.
3. Baywatch received four nominations at the 38th Golden Raspberry Awards, including Worst Picture and Worst Actor for Zac Efron.
4. Zac Efron gave Dwayne Johnson all the names to call him in the movie, like One Direction.
5. In an interview, Priyanka Chopra said that the role of the main antagonist was written for a man, but the director changed the role and the script upon meeting her.
6. After scathing reviews poured in from critics and fans alike, Dwayne Johnson tweeted that the movie wasn’t made for critics.
7. Nina Dobrev, Ashley Benson, Alexandra Shipp, Shelley Hennig, Bianca A. Santos, and Denyse Tontz were considered for the role of Summer.
8. In December 2016, Paramount pushed the release date back one week to May 26, 2017, to avoid competition with Alien: Covenant.
9. Baywatch is the second movie with Dwayne Johnson and Alexandra Daddario. the two also worked together on San Andreas.
10. Zac Efron’s character Matt Brody is rumored to be based on Ryan Lochte after Lochte’s scandal when he lost sponsorship deals, but Efron stated to Jimmy Kimmel on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that he and Gordon came up with this character entirely on their own.
11. Dwayne Johnson is the tenth professional wrestler to work on Baywatch, and the first wrestler turned actor who didn’t appear on the show. Jorge Gonzales, Jimmy Hart, Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Rick Flair, Leon White, Kevin Sullivan, Shawn Michaels, and Torrie Wilson all appeared as guest stars on the original Baywatch show.
12. One of the names that Mitch calls Brody is “High School Musical.” Zac Efron got his start in acting as a lead in the High School Musical series.
13. Priyanka Chopra has said that she was a huge fan of the original Baywatch television series as a girl in India.
14. At one point, Mitch admits he hit rock bottom. “Rock Bottom” was the name of Dwayne Johnson’s wrestling finishing move when he was known as The Rock in WWE.
15. NFL players Arian Foster and Vernon Davis cameo as basketball players at the beginning of the movie when Mitch is running along the beach. Foster is the one that Mitch blocks the shot of.
16. Jorgie Porter auditioned for the role of Summer Quinn.
17. Robert Ben Garant was going to write and direct the movie.
18. When Mitch is talking to Brody, Brody refers to Mitch as Aquaman. Jason Momoa starred on the original Baywatch show and is also the current Aquaman in the DC Extended Universe.
19. Kelly Brook was in talks to star in the movie as CJ Parker, but she later denied the rumor. Kate Upton and Charlotte McKinney were on the short list for CJ before Kelly Rohrbach was cast, McKinney was later cast in the role of Julia.
20. The movie was made by Paramount Pictures despite the studio having no involvement in the original television series, which is owned by Fremantle Media.
21. Glamour models Keeley Hazell and Kelly Bell had auditioned for roles.
22. Justin Timberlake and Justin Bieber were rumored to have roles in Baywatch.
23. Jessica Simpson was rumored to be cast as CJ Parker.
24. Ilfenesh Hadera and Izabel Goulart also worked together in Show Me A Hero before appearing in Baywatch.
25. The USCG Helicopter 6551 is used in a few scenes. The aircraft is actually an active duty USCG helicopter.
26. Jeremy Garelick was, at one point, set to write and direct the movie.