Lifetime's movie actors discuss taking on the 90s comedy in new episode of TheWrap's “Drinking With the Stars”
Lifetime has traveled back to the 90s with its upcoming “Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story” premiering on Labor Day.
Discovered by the same casting director from “Saved by the Bell,” the actors step into the shoes of the Saturday morning show's stars to expose the behind-the-scenes antics.
Have the show's fans accepted the new crew?
“It's been sort of a mixed response,” said Dylan Everett, who played Mark-Paul Gosselaar/Zack Morris. “It was sort of what we expected. There's these really diehard fans who love ‘Saved by the Bell’ and what it is, and they expect to see their favorite actors portray their favorite characters. So, there's a bit of a stigma there.”
Tiera Skovbye, who played Elizabeth Berkley/Jessie Spano, added, “I think a lot people don't realize that this is what happened behind the scenes. Some people think we're trying to recreate their show. We're not doing that.”
Written by Ron McGee and based on “past cast interviews and behind the scenes footage” (and not the controversial Dustin Diamond book as some wrongly believe), the movie does include some reenactments of the show's most memorable scenes.
Everett, for example, gets to ride a motorcycle like a demon. And Julian Works, who plays Mario Lopez/A.C. Slater, will don a leotard. Skovbye teased her reenactment of probably the most famous scene from the entire series. One hint.
Watch the interview above.
“The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story” premieres Labor Day at 9 p.m. ET.