Original Saved By The Bell Cast Reacts To Dustin Diamond’s TV Movie About The Show
The Unauthorized Saved By the Bell Story, a Lifetime TV movie that promised to tell the show’s fans what really happened behind the scenes of the popular sitcom, hit the air earlier this week and was overwhelmingly jeered on social media.
It appears that Saved by the Bell fans aren’t the only ones that were unhappy with what critics are calling the “cringe-worthy” and “cartoonish” movie. Members of the show’s original cast gave their views on the TV biopic, which was executive produced by Dustin Diamond, who played Screech Powers on the 1980s-1990s sitcom. The movie was based off of Dustin’s 2009 book, Behind the Bell.
While the show’s star, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, has yet to comment on the motion picture since it aired, his pal Mario Lopez, who portrayed hunky jock A.C. Slater, took to his Twitter to retweet comments by fans that reflected how he felt about the movie.
Mario added, “Agreed” to a fan’s comment that, “It’s a shame Dustin felt the need to take down cast. Sad he’s so bitter.” He also confirmed via Twitter that he and the other original cast members were not consulted by Lifetime for the movie, nor did they approve of it.
Lark Voorhies, who played Lisa Turtle on the original show, took a stand against Dustin’s movie by simply refusing to watch it.
“I did not watch, and will not watch,” she tweeted the night the movie premiered. She later added, “Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones,” an obvious jab to Dustin’s questionable past, which includes starring on multiple reality shows and in an adult movie.
Perhaps the most vocal Saved By The Bell cast member to speak out against the movie was Dennis Haskins, who portrayed principal Mr. Belding. In an interview with HuffPostLive on Friday, Dennis revealed that he questioned whether some of the events in Dustin’s movie and book actually happened. He also revealed that Dustin reached out to him after the movie aired.
Dennis Haskins, who played Mr. Belding on the show, said his experience on set was great. (WENN)
“I literally talked to Dustin yesterday. I haven’t talked to him in several years but he reached out to me,” Dennis said. “He made some choices to do some things, and he’s dealing with the results of his choices.”
Dennis told HuffPostLive that his experience on the show was very positive, and that he thinks that Dustin was trying to make a quick buck at his former friends’ expense.
“Clearly, it’s about money,” Dennis said. “The movie made some money, I guess….That’s the message that I get… You want to give everyone the benefit of the doubt, but how many times do you do that?”