Fame’s a bitch. One minute you’re riding high in red trunks, sharing screen time with Pamela Anderson on the nation’s biggest television show. The next, you’re drunk and shirtless and eating a cheeseburger on the floor of your Vegas hotel room, being videotaped by your 16-year-old daughter.
In May 2007, while starring in a Vegas production of The Producers, David Hasselhoff had little else to boast about besides a rabid fan-base in Germany. Since his starring roles on Knight Rider and later Baywatch, the Hoff’s career had taken some hits, and in addition to mostly playing himself in cameos, he’d also developed a drinking problem. And then he found himself in the midst of an acrimonious divorce from his wife of 15 years.
This viral video, which his daughter shot with intent to show Dad the error of his ways, features him slurring his words and gnawing on a burger (when he can get it up to his mouth, that is). As his daughter pleads with him to stop drinking, the Hoff can only murmur, “I have trouble in my life,” and chew with eyes half-lidded. “This is a mess,” Hoff sputters as he drunkenly drips Secret Sauce all down his bear-rug of a chest. You said it!