Zac Efron gave Dwayne Johnson all the names to call him in the movie, like One Direction and Bieber.
Nina Dobrev, Ashley Benson, Alexandra Shipp, Shelley Hennig, Bianca A. Santos, and Denyse Tontz were considered for the role of Summer.
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.
After scathing reviews poured in from critics and fans alike, Dwayne Johnson tweeted that the film wasn't made for critics.
Dwayne Johnson's character constantly refers to Zac Efron's character Matt as boy-band names like One Direction and NSync. He also calls the character "High School Musical," which were the movies that starred Efron.
The second film with Dwayne Johnson and Alexandra Daddario. The two worked together on San Andreas (2015).
In December 2016, Paramount pushed the release date back one week to May 26, 2017, to avoid competition with Alien: Covenant.
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 Gonzáles, Jimmy Hart, Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Ric Flair, Leon White, Kevin Sullivan, Shawn Michaels, and Torrie Wilson appeared as guest stars on Baywatch (1989).
Priyanka Chopra has said that she was a huge fan of the original TV series Baywatch (1989) as a girl in India.
Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra to play the main antagonist (Victoria Leeds) in the movie.
At one point, Mitch admits he hit rock bottom. "Rock Bottom" was the name of his wrestling finishing move when he was known as The Rock in WWE.
Baywatch began filming in Florida at the same beach where Lee Hodge worked as a real lifeguard.
Zac Efron's character Matt Brody was rumored to be based on Ryan Lochte after Lochte's scandal when he lost sponsorship deals. On Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003), Efron told Jimmy Kimmel that he and Gordon came up with the character entirely on their own.
Glamour models Keeley Hazell and Kelly Bell were rumored to have auditioned for roles.
Kelly Brook was rumored to be in contention for CJ Parker at one point, along with Kate Upton and Charlotte McKinney, but Brook later denied the rumor, though Upton and McKinney remained silent. The role later went to Kelly Rohrbach and McKinney was later cast in a another role in the film.
Mitch calls Matt High School Musical. Zac Efron is best known as Troy Bolton in High School Musical (2006), High School Musical 2 (2007), and High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008).
Zac Efron's character, Matt Brody, coincidentally has a name in common with two characters from Jaws: Matt Hooper and Chief Martin Brody.
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