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Tara Reid interview: 'John and Edward almost appeared in Sharknado'

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Tara Reid in 'Sharknado'
It's the movie everybody's talking about. Since premiering on SyFy on July 11, Asylum's Sharknado has quickly transcended its B-movie schlock-horror roots and become a bonafide cultural phenomenon. Ratings have soared on repeat viewings, it's heading to cinemas for special midnight screenings and celebrities from Mia Farrow to Wil Wheaton joined in as it became a social media phenomenon.

Tara Reid is at the centre of the mayhem as April Wexler, who reunites with her estranged husband Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering) as a freak tornado sends sharks hurtling through Los Angeles. As the film gets ready for its US cinema debut and UK broadcast on SyFy, Digital Spy got on the phone with Tara to talk fear of fins, John and Edward's almost-cameo and taking Sharknado 2 to New York.

Are you excited about your UK fans getting the chance to see Sharknado?
"Absolutely! I hope they enjoy it, the ridiculous humour we have in this film."

It's a very fun movie to watch, was it the same making it?
"It was like playing the biggest game of make-believe of your life. We never shot with sharks, it's all green screen - we're hitting and killing these sharks that didn't exist. We were laughing so hard because we had no idea what the sharks would look like, how bad it could look or how good it could look. The lines and stuff we had to say were just so over the top - nobody really took it that seriously, we were just laughing. I think that's what makes the film work."

Are you scared of sharks in real life? Jaws seems to have popularised them as go-to movie monsters.
"Oh, sharks terrify me but this isn't a movie like Jaws. You're not feeling like 'duh, duh, duh, duh', it's more like, 'There's sharks falling from the sky! We've gotta save the world. Run! Shark! Shark!' It's that kind of thing."


The movie provoked a huge reaction in the US, particularly through social media. Were you surprised that it took on a life of its own?
"It's unbelievable. If anyone had ever told me that I'd be talking to you in the UK about this movie I'd be like, 'Yeah, right!' We kind of thought we'd do this silly, fun movie and that would be it. The thing is, we did no press for the movie, it went so viral and started trending on Twitter every day.

"Normally it airs on TV one time, but this has aired three times and the numbers keep going up which is impossible. Usually it's like the box office, you have a big opening weekend then you go down, down and down. This kept tripling and tripling and we're like, 'What?' It went crazy in Australia, Asia picked it up, it's just going viral everywhere. It's incredible what's happening to this movie."

What kind of feedback have you been getting from fans?
"It's crazy. I remember getting a tweet from this woman and she said, 'This movie has brought me and my husband closer than we've been in so many years. We were hitting each other because we were laughing so hard.' People are having Sharknado parties. Everything's Sharknado, Taranado, everything is 'nado' now!"

Do you have a favourite scene in Sharknado?
"There's one in the house that we built in this huge swimming pool. We made it look like a living room and we flooded the pool and the night we shot it was so cold, freezing, like UK cold. We had to be in the water and it wasn't heated. We thought we were going to freeze to death. My boyfriend in the film, in that scene he gets eaten whole by a shark and no-one reacts. We didn't even care, it's like nothing happens. Shouldn't we be a little upset? We're like, 'He died, let's go, go, go!' It's so absurd in so many different ways, it's like a guilty pleasure."

Tara Reid in 'Sharknado'

Tara Reid and Ian Ziering in 'Sharknado'



Was that something you liked about the script? A lot of people might see this as a 'bad' movie but they're missing the point?
"If you don't realise it's a comedy... it's so outrageous. The guy who played my son in the movie (Chuck Hittinger) was actually in American Pie: Reunion, he's like the same age as me. There's a scene where someone cuts out from inside of a shark with a chainsaw. Sharks are flying in the sky, of course I can have a son when I'm 2 years old, it can all make sense in this movie. The more this movie goes on, anything you don't think can happen happens."

You're big friends with John and Edward from your time on Celebrity Big Brother - have they seen the film yet?
"Yeah, they have. They actually came on the set to visit me when I was shooting the movie."

Did they not try and get a cameo?
"They could've if they hadn't come to set that late. There's a scene where we go into this convenience store and they could've been walking out of it, but they came too late. I told them to come early, but if they hadn't come too late they would've made it into Sharknado for sure."

Is there anything you can update us on regarding the sequel? Will you be back? Do you know the storyline?
"There's so many rumours about what's happening with this movie. Everything's a rumour. I think they will make one and the talks right now is that it'll shoot in New York. How they're going to do that, I have no idea. There's no script written yet, nothing's happening with it yet so I'm not really sure."

Sharknado will hold special one-off screenings in US cinemas tonight (August 2) at 12.05am. It will premiere on SyFy in the UK on Wednesday, August 7 at 9pm.

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