Dustin Diamond played everyone’s favorite lovable loser, Screech, on the teen sitcom Saved by the Bell. Ever since the series came to a close in 1993, however, the actor had a bit of trouble remaining in the spotlight. The solution? Starring in his own adult video, of course.
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Diamond later regretted the odd choice on Oprah Winfrey’s Where Are They Now. “The sex tape is the thing I’m most embarrassed about,” Diamond said, while admitting his inspiration for it was Paris Hilton, who he claimed profited $14 million from her X-rated vid. “My buddy said, ‘…where’s the Screech sex tape? You got to be worth at least a million.’ And I thought, ‘Yeah — yeah, maybe.’ And that’s as simple as it was.” But it wasn’t that simple, really, because he faked the whole thing.
“I got a stunt wang. I’m not an idiot. I’m not going to really put myself out there,” Diamond told the Daily Beast, adding, “I’m an opportunist, really. Needless to say it did not make millions. But I had to take the shot. I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t.”
At the time of Diamond’s fake foray into the adult industry, his agent, Roger Paul, offered even more insight into Diamond’s possible motivations. “Dustin has been trying to escape the ‘Screech’ typecast,” he told New York Daily News (via Digital Spy), adding, “So this may help me get more bookings.” Spoiler alert: it didn’t.