(PCM) As we bunker down for Sharknado 2: The Second One to roar into our homes with it’s premiere on Syfy tonight, we are pleased to share some fun tid-bits of information that we picked up for the cast and crew during their stop to promote the film during last weekend’s San Diego Comic Con panel and press room.
Comic Con attendees were gobbling up every moment of the panel and after seeing the film, we have to admit that is so ridiculously far-fetched it is actually pretty damn good!
We definitely learned quite a few facts about Sharknado’s, ways to survive them, and just how much fun the cast and crew had putting this film together.
During our interview with director Anthony Ferrante, he says “Because we have a Sharknado, we can do whatever we want! Yeah, they can be in the sky, yeah, they can tear through subway cars..that’s the fun part. That’s what people get hung up on. They are like ‘oh, they can’t do this or that’, but cars don’t turn into robots, right. But you accept that too, so as long as you can accept this stuff can happen than you can take it anywhere”.
Ferrante also revealed that Sharknado 2 actually has its’ very own theme song, aptly titled “The Ballad of Sharknado”. Ferrante claims it is his “ode to the Ramones” and was “created out of necessity” because the film did not have the budget to license any previously existing music.
Ferrante also told us that he would like to see Sharknado go international, but they will have to wait and see how this one does first, saying “We are not even thinking about number three yet”.
Ferrante also revealed that the film originally began filming under the title of “Dark Skies” because of concern that the cast would not want to be part of something called “Sharknado”. When the actual title was revealed there was some backlash, but Ferrante said “Trust me, you are really going to want this to be called Sharknado. It is why we are here and we wouldn’t be here if it were called ‘Dark Skies’. The film is not perfect, but it’s fun!”
Sharknado 2: The Second One boast a ton of guest stars and cameo appearances such as Matt Lauer, Andy Dick, Kelly Osbourne, Judd Hirsch, Perez Hilton and more. When asked who he would like to see in a future Sharknado, Ferrante replies ” I think who ever wants to be apart of it and come and take our craziness can be part of it. I mean this is the movie…’Sharks..argh! Sharks…run, run, run!..maybe Justin Bieber next time”.
When speaking about his role in the film actor Ian Ziering said “I pulled from my experience with Sharknado 1 and there is really no character prep you can do to prepare you for a Sharknado. It is all about the ability to act naturally in imaginary circumstances. That is pushed to the limit when you are dealing with visual effects, I definitely had more trust this time around and the editors did a fantastic job of making me not look foolish”.
Ziering also reveals that he hopes “this is going to be a seven course meal” and is definitely down for starring additional Sharknado films down the line. He too would also like to see the Sharknado taken to foreign shores and something tells me with majority of the cast and crew that we spoke with mentioning taking Sharknado overseas, I would be very likely to bet that is the next place we will see a Sharknado strike. Ziering says “It’s got global appeal.”
Zierings choices for guest stars in future films would be Matt Damon. He says “I dig his action sequences and he’s like an everyman and that is kind of what Finn is like in these films. He is the unwitting hero who is doing some he is very capable at, but really just wants to save his family.”
Ziering joking says Finn is “not a superhuman, but a “super human” and reveals that he absolutely fell in love with his 45lb timber saw used in the film calling it a “masterpiece of technology that can cut through sharks like a buzz saw on bosso wood”.
Sharkando 2 guest star Judah Friedlander claims that he enjoyed taking on the role because it was “something different” to the roles he had in the past. He says “30 Rock was great…but it has been 7 years”.
Friedlander’s weapon of choice for a Sharkando would be a baseball bat, being that he is a baseball fan in the film, as for in real life he says “Heroes don’t need weapons”. He tells me that his tips for surviving a Sharknado would include “studying sharks and studying tornadoes and put the two together. He says “I recommend living under water for a couple of years…learn to know the shark’s environment and how they work. Then sleep next to a fan, because you need to be around wind 24/7. Get rid of your windshield when you drive. Get used to heavy wind. It’s all training”.
When asked why the sharks seems to angry, Friedlander responds “Well, I’m not a scientist, but my hunch is that it all has to do with global warming. Humans..we’ve been polluting these oceans for many years and I think the shark’s are angry. I think they are misunderstood. Yeah, they are the villain, but they have a right to be pissed off!”
He also reveals that he feels the next Sharknado attack will happen in London or Iceland because “that’s the direction that its’ going”.
Actress Vivica A Fox reveals that she is portraying Finn’s ex-girlfriend in the film and refers to her as his “chocolate blast from the past” and she helps him “kick butt and slice up some sharks”. After watching Ian Ziering raise up the 45lb chainsaw and say ‘Let’s go get some sharks!!’ Fox says she thought “Sexy…let’s go kick some shark butt!”
Fox also made sure to emphasis just how cold it was during the filming, but having Ziering lead the way and not complain led the others to not “wimp-out”. When asked if she would prefer going up against sharks or aliens Fox reveals “Definitely aliens, because at least you can communicate with them maybe. With sharks it’s three rows of teeth and they are a natural predator”.
She feels that the sharks are so angry because “a lot of their people got sliced up the first time. Fox, who was promoting two films at Comic Con this year, spoke a bit about Mercenaries and her role opposite Zoe Bell. When asked if she will face off again against Uma Thurman, she says ” It is rumored to be my daughter in the next film, so I am not sure if Quentin will find a way to bring me back, maybe through flashback, but I am betting on black this time. I should have been motherf**king black mamba”.