BEVERLY HILLS - A Sharknado in Canada? Stars Ian Ziering and Tara Reid say it’s a distinct possibility if they had anything to do with it.
“I can definitely see that happening. Sharks on the streets of Toronto. Yeah, that works,” says Ziering to the Star while eating a hamburger at the pool of the Beverly Hilton.
Ziering says Niagara Falls and the CN Tower would make perfect Sharknado disaster areas.
“I think that you can take this concept anywhere,” says Reid. “And I think Toronto would be great.”
The two stars are watching the world premiere of Syfy’s Sharknado 2: The Second One. Beside them are inflatable sharks, shark pillows, and floating balloon sharks.
On screen Reid is getting attacked by a giant shark. The two actors both howl at the sight.
No movie in recent memory has been designed to suck as much as Sharknado.
It was as if a committee of social engineers had locked themselves in a laboratory to construct the perfect mix of outlandish plot, cheesy special effects and failed stars.
And they pretty much succeeded.
If we have to remind you, the first one was about sharks that rained on Los Angeles, combining the mythology of shark movies like Jaws and disaster movies such as The Towering Inferno.
Ziering, best known as a star of the teen show 90210, said he did not expect the movie to gain the kind of attention it did.
“I was telling my wife, ‘I don’t think I should take the job,’ and she basically said, ‘You have two kids, go take the job’,” said Ziering. “And then when they ended up calling the movie Sharknado, I knew I was in trouble.”
Reid said she was on vacation in Mexico with her boyfriend when the first show started trending on Twitter.
“I was like, what’s going on? Then I realized it was the show I had shot, so we had to download it and watch it in Mexico.”
For the record, the sequel takes place in New York. And there is some world-class bad acting from the likes of guest stars such as Kelly Osbourne.
The sequel has Reid on a plane to do a book tour promoting How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters: Fight Back When Monsters and Mother Nature Attack.
And then more bad stuff happens.
“Forget the umbrella. Grab a chainsaw,” exhorts Ziering.
The two are joined by an expanded cast that includes Vivica A. Fox, Andy Dick, and Billy Ray Cyrus.
Ziering says Sharknado 3 has already been green-lighted. And if not Toronto, Reid says she wants to go somewhere warm.
“New York was freezing. Maybe Sharknado in Hawaii,” she says.
Hopefully the viewership won’t suck. While plenty folk have heard about the first Sharknado as it became a social-media sensation, few watched. It attracted 300,000 viewers in its Canadian premiere on Space. In the U.S. about 1.37 million viewers tuned in.
The sequel swims into Canadian households on the Space Channel, July 30.