There was no hiding how Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron are playing lifeguards in Baywatch, the much-talked-about update of the ‘80s TV series that starred David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson (both of whom will have cameos in the film): Paparazzi appeared almost daily on the movie’s Florida set to grab beefcake shots of the cast that includes Alexandra Daddario (San Andreas) as Efron’s love interest and Priyanka Chopra (Quantico) as antagonist Victoria Leeds.
And now EW has an exclusive shot of its own that features Johnson and Efron walking the shore.
“When you’re out on beach and open water, there’s nothing you can do to get out of the line of sight [of paparazzi], so we just kind of embraced it,” says director Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses), who made doubly sure the flick included lots of winks to the series’ signature cheesecake moments.
“The history of the show is to showcase beauty,” Gordon says. “There’s a beat where one of the characters sees someone running and asks, ‘Is she running in slo-mo? And why is she wet but not that wet?’ Stuff like that shows that we are in on the joke.”
Baywatch hits theaters on May 26.