'Saved by the Bell' Late Star Dustin Diamond Had Hoped to Star in the Reboot, Manager Says
Seasoned TV actor Dustin Diamond shut his eyes for the last time on Monday, after an unsuccessful lung cancer battle. However, the 44-year-old had hopes of recovering.
Fans were deeply saddened by the news, as they would recall that the actor's outstanding performances as "Screech" in the 90's series titled "Saved by the Bell" made him a household name.
"Screech" starred in the TV series for the first season. In 1993, the show came to an end after running its fourth season. He later moved on to spinoffs titled "The College Years" and "The New Class."
Recently, there were news of bringing back the "Saved by the Bell" cast for a reboot. Diamond was not informed about this development, and an insider explained that he approached the producer to discuss this. Roger Paul, who managed the TV star, said:
"He was upset that he wasn't asked to be part of the reboot, but he talked to one of the executive producers about possibly coming to appear on the second season..."
Paul stated that his client was hooked on his "Screech" role in the "Saved by the Bell" series, making it hard for him to fit into another role perfectly.
Despite having difficulty staying stereotyped, Diamond was thrilled that his character could connect with kids who have been victims of a bully. Paul mentioned that he "embraced" it after struggling to strip himself of it.
In Diamond's 2009 biography titled "Behind the Bell," he alleged that there were illicit sex and drug use behind the scenes.
His longtime friend and fellow cast member, Mario Lopez, hopes that the production honors the actor even in death, as he was a crucial part of the show. Lopez also explained that he does not hold the show to ransom if they decide not to pay tribute to Diamond.
While it is not certain what steps the producers may take, sources have it that they might have been responsible for leaving out the actor when they planned a reboot.
Even with his long history with the show's several spinoffs, they concluded that his past actions injured the series and some of its actors.
In Diamond's 2009 biography titled "Behind the Bell," he alleged that there were illicit sex and drug use behind the scenes. A few years down the line, he tried to take back some of the divulged information, but it was already too late.
Following the news of his untimely death, the show's cast released several heart-wrenching messages that shared their deepest concern and love for him.
Tiffani Thiessen, Lopez, Mark-Paul Gosselaar all had one or two affectionate words describing their fellow actor's strength as a talented comic-character.