We have a shocking Sharknado revelation: Donald Trump, former reality star and current President of the United States, was this close to making a cameo in 2015's Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! as the movie's president.
The third installment in the ridiculous "it's so bad, it's good" franchise follows sharknado fighter Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering) as he is in Washington D.C. to receive a Presidential Medal of Freedom from the president (Mark Cuban). While there, another sharknado strikes, devastating the nation's capital leading to the president and Fin to work together to stop the sharks. The movie also has a jam-packed colorful cast of guests stars including Ann Coulter as the vice president, Anthony Weiner, Jerry Springer, George R.R. Martin, Kathie Lee Gifford and more.
According to a report by Screen Crush, Trump was approached by producers to play the movie's president and he actually agreed to the role. That was until producers sent a contract to attorney Michael D. Cohen, only to receive a message back stating, “Donald’s thinking about making a legitimate run for the presidency, so we’ll get back to you.” Considering the movie business waits for no one, they ended up going with Mark Cuban (who played himself) to play the president.
That wasn't the end of this crazy Sharknado story though, in typical Trump fashion, he reportedly threatened to sue independent film studio The Asylum and shut the whole film down, according to co-founder and boss David Latt. Here is what Latt recalled published in a story by THR that covered all the wild C-list guest stars in the franchise:
“Then we immediately heard from Trump’s lawyer,” recalls Latt. “He 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!’ “ Contacted by THR, Cohen acknowledges a dinner with Ziering to discuss casting Trump but says he has no recollection of the angry correspondence."
While the entire situation is odd (although not surprising at this point), the timing does make us wonder if the Sharknado 3 offer actually inspired Trump in anyway to run for the actual presidency considering the offer occurred before Trump announced his 2016 presidential bid. Either way, we do know that the newest installment in the series, Sharknado 5: Global Swarming, with the clever tagline "Make America Bait Again" was clearly inspired by Trump's presidential campaign and we are curious to see just how much of Trump's politics made it into new movie in the franchise that keeps on swimming while pushing out new, and relevant, sharknado terrors.
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Source: Screen Crush