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The trials of being the Hoff

The only problem with being a legend is that fans constantly mob him.

David Hasselhoff is annoyed that Hollywood doesn’t take him more seriously, said Simon Lewis in the London Daily Mail. He was, after all, in two of the most successful TV series of the last century: Knight Rider and Baywatch. “But critics never gave me any credit,” he says. “I would have liked to have been in ER. But, you know, I was stuck with two legendary shows, which I can’t complain about because no one remembers ER.

It is, however, some consolation that he remains famous all over the world. “I went to a Zulu village and everyone in the tribe knew me!” The inspirational lyrics to his 1989 pop song “Looking for Freedom,” a No. 1 hit in West Germany, even helped bring down the Berlin Wall. “I went to East Germany [last] year and they were saying, ‘Thank you for the fall of the Wall.’”

The only problem with being a legend is that fans constantly mob him. A quiet night out with his girlfriend, Hayley Roberts, a 32-year-old shop assistant from Wales, can turn into pandemonium. “The other night I went to her sister’s office party. It was a nightmare!” He brings up a picture on his phone of 50 screaming women surrounding him. “And that was just me sitting at my table, trying to have dinner!”

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