Actor Ian Ziering, aka the chainsaw-wielding Fin from last year's social media sensation Sharknado, is about to face another shark storm, only this time, the sharks are going to take a bite out of the Big Apple in Sharknado 2: The Second One. And in an exclusive interview with Blastr, Ziering promised that there will be plenty of big sharks, in-jokes and celebrity bait to bloody the waters, while Fin and April (Tara Reid) try to save New York City. The movie premieres on Syfy tonight at 9 p.m.
“The second one is as good as the first, only better. In keeping with the campiness, it's going to bite, just like the first one did,” said Ziering.
Last July, the original Sharknado was a Twitter sensation and indeed combined freaky weather with sharks that were hurled at Los Angeles. Fin and April survived to save L.A. and fight sharks another day, but not without a little chainsaw action.
In Sharknado 2, “Fin and April are trying to patch things up, and they fly to New York to be with their family,” said Ziering. While it's not clear why they face another tornado flinging sharks at another major city, or why those sharks have a taste for celebrities, one thing is certain. “Only Fin can do something about it. He's the only one who has any experience in New York City. He really is pretty famous at this point. When you show up and you're world-famous for beating a force of nature and saving millions of people, people kind of know who you are after that happens.”
And once again a cacophony of celebrities have lined up for the potential to be shark food, including Vivica A. Fox, Judd Hirsch, Mark McGrath, Kari Wuhrer, Matt Lauer, Courtney Baxter, Dante Palminteri, Judah Friedlander, Al Roker, Robert Klein, Kurt Angle, Kelly Osbourne, Benjy Bronk, Downtown Julie Brown, Sandra “Pepa” Denton, Andy Dick, Stephanie Abrams, Kelly Oxford, Biz Markie, Raphael Miranda, Richard Kind, Tiffany Shepis, D. C. Douglas, Perez Hilton and even Subway's Jared.
They are “just a little bit more shark food to add to the recipe,” said Ziering.
In Sharknado 2: The Second One, "the level of action and adventure just gets revved up. We're all over the place now. The entire island of Manhattan from Liberty Island to Citi Field. It's nonstop,” he said.
Tasty celebrities and shark-laden cherished New York landmarks aside, Ziering believes that tonight's Sharknado is just as much fun as the first one.
“There was such mass appeal for Sharknado. It went over so well, not just here in the United States, but globally, that it would be such a missed opportunity and a ripoff for the fans not to bring Sharknado back. They already greenlit Sharknado 3,” he said. Indeed they have. Sharknado isn't just a movie with a sequel. It's a franchise.
“It's definitely a franchise now. It just validates what I've been shooting for all my life, and that's to be a journeyman actor. Not just to be a one and done. But this is my 37th year as an actor,” said Ziering, who is known for his work on Beverly Hills 90210 and for Dancing With the Stars.
“I've just been very lucky, yeah. I've managed to catch lightning in a bottle a couple times. I'm very lucky. But I want to do this forever, I enjoy it so much. One of the challenges as an actor is to stay relevant,” he said.
“It's really nice, because I've always wanted to do action-adventure and I've always loved science fiction. The fact that this marries two focal points that I was always targeting is really just a gift, and I'm really so lucky to be involved with a project that not only is so much fun to shoot, but is loved by everyone, from little kids to their parents,” said Ziering.
“People spend hundreds of millions of dollars to make movies that don't do anything. I mean, no one's talking about Pacific Rim today. No one's talking about The Lone Ranger, and those were $100 million movies that didn't have nearly the impact that Sharknado did. No one's waiting for the sequel of that movie. Not only are they not talking about a sequel, but there's no third movie in anyone's imagination for those either. With Sharknado, they've got a great mix of TV and film. This is a film that has film impact in the TV medium,” he said.
Here's a look at Sharknado 2: The Second One:
So what celebrities would you like to see eaten in Sharknado 3?