If only we lived in a reality where Donald Trump was just the president in “Sharknado” films…
Prior to becoming a real-live president of the United States, Trump was offered a chance to pose as the president in “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!” — because a C-grade sci-fi movie about sharks flying about in Washington, D.C., in freak hurricanes obviously needed a commander-in-chief.
It probably was an omen of impending doom.
David Latt, cofounder of The Asylum, the film company behind SyFy’s “Sharknado” series, told the Hollywood Reporter that in January 2015 Trump agreed to appear in the movie after producers’ first choice, Sarah Palin, (yes, you read that right) rejected the opportunity.
That was when Ian Ziering, who played the hero in the series and just so happened to be a friend of Trump after he appeared on “Celebrity Apprentice,” thought it was a good idea to approach Trump.
The billionaire real estate tycoon responded almost immediately.
“The Donald said yes…. He was thrilled to be asked,” said Latts.
A contract was immediately drawn and sent to Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, the very same one who is now under investigation for alleged Russian links. However, a bigger disaster than freaky shark-hurling tornadoes struck: Trump announced his bid to become the president — for real this time.
There followed weeks of silence from Trump after which Cohen finally deemed it appropriate to call and inform the filmmaking team that “Donald’s thinking about making legitimate run for the presidency, so we’ll get back to you…. This might not be the best time.”
Really? Did he even know Trump?
After getting the negative from Trump, film producers decided to give the role to Mark Cuban instead. However, as soon as they got his contract signed, they heard back from Cohen, who basically said, “How dare you? Donald wanted to do this. We’re going to sue you! We’re going to shut the entire show down.”
Cohen admitted to the Hollywood Reporter he had dinner with Ziering to discuss casting Trump, but said he did not remember being as angry as Latt suggested.
The film also starred the ultra-conservative Ann Coulter, who played the vice president Sonia Buck in the movie, and had a cameo appearance by Anthony Weiner. The disgraced politician was first offered a role as a sexting-scandal spoof, however, since it struck a little too close to home, Weiner refused. He was then casted to play a boring NASA administrator instead.
Trump was nearly but ultimately not cast as the President in SHARKNADO 3, meaning that our current reality is dumber than SHARKNADO 3— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) August 2, 2017
Trump threatened to shut down filming of ‘Sharknado 3’ because he didn’t get cast as the president— NOT satire. https://t.co/dF2QSCq7xm— Scott Dworkin (@funder) August 2, 2017
Sharknado producers felt Trump wouldn’t be a good B-movie POTUS. They were right. Even flying sharks should be taken way more seriously.— Adam Best (@adamcbest) August 3, 2017
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