Who knew Mark-Paul Gosselaar was a bottle blonde? The “Saved By the Bell” star, who is part Indonesian and part Dutch, apparently dyed his hair blonde for the role of Zack Morris on the iconic kiddie sitcom—and the teen idol even touched up his own roots! This was just one of the many revelations on Monday night’s Lifetime biopic, “The Unauthorized ‘Saved By the Bell’ Story.”
The TV movie was based on actor Dustin Diamond’s (Screech) memoir, but if you were hoping to see an expose filled with scathing hookups or detailed love triangles, you also had to sit through Gosselaar’s bathroom root work and Diamond’s daydreams of being just as blonde and hunky as his co-star was. While Diamond was an executive producer on the telepic, his former co-stars weren’t exactly on board with the new TV project. In fact, they expected the worst.
Elizabeth Berkley, who played Jessie Spano on the 1990s NBC Saturday morning series, caught up with fellow “SBTB’ alum Mario Lopez on Extra, and the former co-stars agreed they had no interest in watching Diamond’s tell-all movie.
“You know what, I feel like we know the lives we led, and I think that they're taking it off of the unauthorized book by Dustin Diamond… so it's a little silly to give credence to that when we know the innocence and the joy that we shared,” Berkley said.
Mark-Paul Gosselaar slammed Diamond for his written recollections of the cast’s days on the “SBTB” set, telling HuffPost Live, “It is negative, that I must say…It’s like everything that I’ve heard about his book is that it is negative and I don’t remember those things because my experience on the show was very positive.”
And Dennis Haskins, who played Bayside High principal Mr. Belding on the series, told TMZ he was disappointed in Diamond and the movie’s other producers for stirring up drama that never really happened. “I was there. I know what happened and what didn’t happen,” Haskins said. “There wasn’t time for a lot to happen behind the scenes, because the kids went to school in the morning …There just wasn’t any craziness. People dated each other. Okay, so what?”
Diamond previously told The Daily Beast that the TV movie wouldn’t throw his cast members under the bus. "No, it’s definitely going to be in a positive light,” he said. “It’s not out to trash anybody or put anybody down or make anybody look in a negative way. That was never the intent, so it’s definitely not the way it’s going to end up.”