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Hasselhoff lands Producers role
David Hasselhoff
Hasselhoff has previously appeared in Chicago
David Hasselhoff has signed up to star in hit musical The Producers when it begins its run in Las Vegas next year.

Hasselhoff, 54, will don a dress as the flamboyant gay director Roger DeBris in the show, based on Mel Brooks's film.

"He is perfect for Roger DeBris because he has the best legs in Hollywood," Brooks said.

The musical opens at the Paris Las Vegas hotel on 31 January. Brad Oscar will play producer Max Bialystock. The part of Leo Bloom is still to be cast.

"I am honoured to be a part of anything Mel Brooks is involved with," said Hasselhoff, who has previously starred in Broadway shows Jekyll and Hyde and Chicago.

'Fun'

"He has always been my favourite man of comedy," he added.

The actor, who filed for divorce from his wife earlier this year, said he needed to have some fun.

"God came to me and said you have had enough stuff in your life over the last year, here's fun," Hasselhoff told the Reuters news agency.

Brooks praised Hasselhoff for his "incredible comedic timing, terrific musical theatre experience and a stage presence that I think will be a perfect marriage for the role".

Hasselhoff recently pulled out of his debut Christmas pantomime role in London to star as a judge on Simon Cowell's latest reality TV series, America's Got Talent.


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