Lifetime's biopic about Saved By The Bell showcases a different experience for Mark-Paul Gosselaar than Dustin Diamond. Breckin Meyer weighs in on the topic and defends rest of SBTB cast.
Mark-Paul Gosselaar doesn't remember the drug-fueled, orgy moments that former Saved By The Bell co-star Dustin Diamond claims happened.
On a promotional tour for the new season of TNT's Franklin and Bash with co-star Breckin Meyer, HuffPost Live asked the actor about the accuracy of Diamond's experience. Diamond's book, Behind The Bell, is the basis for Lifetime's unauthorized biopic of the television series.
Diplomatically, Gosselaar said, "I don't remember those things because my experience on the show was very positive." Admitting to reading excerpts of the 2009 tell-all book, the only thing he had to say was the book's content "is negative" and ran counter to thier experience.
While Gosselaar refuses to talk ill about former co-stars, Meyer had no problem being a little more upfront, calling Diamond "a dick." Meyer's acquaintance with "Elizabeth [Berkley], Tiffani [Thiessen], Mario [Lopez]" means he's heard many different takes on the Saved By The Bell set and only one person admits to so much negativity.
Succinctly, the Clueless star lays the experience at Diamond's feet. "And I'm like, 'That might be you, bro.'"
Apparently not done, the actor went on to comment on the sex tape titled Screeched." Screech is not packing that." And he didn't lie.
On Oprah: Where Are They Now? last year, Diamond confessed to using a ghostwriter for the book and considering the final product "another disappointment." He also admitted to using a stunt double on every shot except the face for the sex tape.
Diamond's manager spoke to the Los Angeles Times, about the sex tape. "That's all in the past, and that's it."
In the HuffPost Live interview, Meyer acknowledged that he'd never met the former Saved By The Bell star. Diamond's manager openly addressed Meyer's accusation and comments. "Let him meet him himself and let him make the decision then. You can't judge without meeting."
However, those offering commentary on Meyer's nothing career may want to turn on Cartoon Network and watch the Emmy-winning Robot Chicken, which Meyer runs with buddy Seth Green (Buffy the Vampire Slayer).
However, King of the Hill's Joseph Gribble did end the interview with a humorous jab to his starring status compared to Gosselaar. He proposed "Mark-Paul's New Screech Angry At The Old Screech" be the headline.
Meanwhile on Live with Kelly & Michael, Gosselaar finally confirmed dyeing those blonde locks to play Zach Morris--which is a non-surprise to fans of the series. Roots show and his surprise at "putting toxins" for six years didn't make the hair fall out of make him bald is somewhat endearing.
Though, it is good to know Berkely and the 40-year-old have maintained friendship throughout the years.
Apologies for my stoopid potty mouth. My swear jar runneth over.— Breckin Meyer (@breckinmeyer) August 7, 2014
Sometimes the best way to fight bitterness to simply move on. It looks like Gosselaar's no longer worried about Zack Morris and embracing his role as Peter Bash. And managed to survive the transition from teen heartthrob to leading man.
Besides, why focus on something that happened two decades ago when you're now working beside Malcolm McDowell and have guest stars like Rob Lowe showing up to work with you?