Actor, singer, and perennial talent-show judge David Hasselhoff has suffered a broken back from a dune buggy accident, Star Pulse is reporting.
The 62-year-old was doing dune buggy stunts — because that’s how David Hasselhoff rolls — when he suffered his broken back. He declined to say where or when it happened.
“So I’m flying through the air. It crashed down. I broke a vertebra. It’s broken right now.”
He must not have been injured too badly, however. After he told his Daily Mail interviewer about his injury, he jumped out of his chair to recreate it.
These days, Hasselhoff keeps busy, mostly by being a parody of himself. After his fame waned following huge successes in the 1980s and 1990s — Knight Rider and Baywatch made Hasselhoff one of the most recognized names in the world, and made the man himself indescribably rich — David did what he did best: he embraced the cheesiness of his career, amped it up to 11, and re-branded himself as “The Hoff.”
“You have to be careful what you wish for. With me the phone didn’t ring for a long time, so I stopped waiting for it to ring and started making the calls myself.”
David Hasselhoff has since made a career out of being a star whose career ended long ago. Stints behind the judges’ table on talent shows — America’s Got Talent, Britain’s Got Talent — led to parts in D-Movies (Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! Coming July, 2015), and to a gig hosting what is probably the weirdest talk show of all time.
Airing in Finland and Sweden (“We’re hoping to take it to Thailand too,” says Hasselhoff), The Hoff’s talk show consists of guests who have no clue what they’re getting into, appearing on the set with a host who neither knows, nor particularly cares, who they are.
“So I come on and say, ‘Tell me, why are you famous?’ and they’ll say, ‘Oh I’m the Prime Minister here,’ and the audience will roar. I’m better than the other [talk show hosts] on TV. They’re boring as hell.”
And if that’s not enough, British audiences can look for Hasselhoff every year around Christmas doing his annual Christmas “Panto.” Short for “Pantomime,” a Panto is a form of live theater that is hugely popular in Britain, particularly around Christmas and New Year’s. Think of it as a sort-of Vaudevillian act mixing elements of fairy tales, slapstick comedy, audience participation, and drag queens.
“A lot of Americans don’t get panto. I find it easy. After all, my whole life is a panto.”
Considering his outrageous joyuex de vivre, his larger-than-life persona, and his complete and utter lack of boundaries, it’s no wonder that David Hasselhoff somehow managed to come down with a case of a broken back doing dune buggy stunts.
[Image courtesy of: Getty Images / Sean Gallup]