‘Saved By The Bell’ was one of the biggest hits in the ’90s, but what really happened behind the scenes? TV movie ‘The Unauthorized Saved By The Bell Story’ tells the ‘true’ story…and the original cast isn’t too happy.
Saved By The Bell launched the careers of teen heartthrobs and sex symbols, including Elizabeth Berkley, now 42, but were their perfect on-screen lives actually filled with tons of drama? That’s the picture painted in Lifetime’s TV movie — which is based off of Dustin Diamond‘s (a.k.a. Screech) tell-all book — but the actress from the original cast doesn’t seem to care!
‘The Unauthorized Saved By The Bell Story’ Depicts Drama Behind-The-Scenes
Say it isn’t so! Children of the ’90s’ dreams are being shattered with the new Saved By The Bell movie, which shows the cast fighting non-stop.
Say what?! We thought Zack Morris and Screech were besties!
Well, according to Lifetime, Not quite.
In the trailer for the TV movie, Zack (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), Kelly Kapowski (Tiffani-Amber Thiessen), A.C. Slater (Mario Lopez), Jessie Spano (Elizabeth Berkley), Screech (Dustin Diamond) and Lisa Turtle (Lark Voorhies), portrayed by newbies Dylan Everett, Alyssa Lynch, Julian Works, Tiera Skovbye, Sam Kindseth and Taylor Russell, respectively, run rampant behind the scenes. And it’s not pretty.
All of the girls fight over Mark-Paul and Dustin is jealous of Mario’s guns, to say the least.
Elizabeth Berkley Slams Movie: ‘We Know The Lives We Led’
So is it really true? Elizabeth, who played Jessie in the original series, says no.
“I don’t know what they are planning, I have no idea!” Elizabeth tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “But I am not really curious about it because we know the lives we led and we have no idea what their picture of it is.”
Sounds like the original cast didn’t even know about the film being made, but one thing we do know? Mark-Paul is not a fan of Dustin, nowadays. After all, the TV movie is based off of his tell-all book.
The actor slammed him, 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.”
The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story airs Monday, September 1 (9/8c) on Lifetime.
HollywoodLifers, do you think the original Saved By The Bell cast should be angry at the new movie? Or is it no big deal? Let us know!
— Elizabeth Wagmeister with reporting by Russ Weakland