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Actor meets with Johnson’s approval

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Jason Johnson is not only pleased with the way "The Princess and the Marine" turned out, but he's also quite happy about the actor who played him — Mark-Paul Gosselaar, whose best known for his long-running role in the teen comedy "Saved by the Bell."

"I grew up watching that," Johnson said. "I grew up watching him on Saturday mornings while I was eating breakfast."

While he wasn't consulted on the casting of the telefilm, it turned out that Johnson was in sync with the producers.

"When we (Johnson and his wife) were talking about who we would like to see cast, I was like, 'You know, it would be cool to have that guy on 'Saved by the Bell' — Zack," he said. "When they cast him, I thought it was so cool. I've always watched him. I've always wanted to meet him. And now I get that opportunity."

And neither Johnson nor his wife has anything but praise for "The Princess and the Marine."

"I think it's really, really good," Al-Khalifa Johnson said.

"If it wasn't accurate, it wouldn't be good," said Johnson, who acknowledged that they condensed the story to fit a two-hour TV time slot. "But for the most part . . . they did a very wonderful job."