Sharknado 2 Interview with stars Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Vivica A. Fox and director Anthony C. Ferrante
That’s right, kids. It’s Shark Week! The second installment of cult film favorite Sharknado is finally coming to Syfy on July 30th at 7 p.m. EST and 9 p.m. PST. Sharknado 2 brings back the previous movie’s stars Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, as well as introduces a new character played by Vivica A. Fox. I had the chance to sit down and chat with the cast, along with director Anthony C. Ferrante about what we can expect.
Obviously, the success of the first movie was a surprise to everyone involved, especially after it became a pop culture event. Reid said, “We definitely didn’t know it was going to become what it did. It was definitely shocking for all of us. We had no clue signing on to the movie that this would be a phenomenon. And it turned into something wonderful. Now to be a part of the franchise has been incredible. We got real lucky.”
Ziering admitted that he was reluctant to take the role in the first film and only did so to keep his insurance coverage. “I didn’t have the vision and foresight to see what the potential of this movie could be,” he said. “I was reading words on a page that had several holes in it that were left to be filled by visual effects.
He was worried about those visual effects, not knowing what sort of quality he could expect. He said, “But at my wife’s behest, she said, ‘Look, you know, it’s January, you’ve got to make your insurance quota.’ I get my insurance from the union and having babies are very expensive.”
So Ziering admitted that his wife was right and decided to “take one for the team.” He also admitted that he didn’t expect anyone to see the movie. “Boy was I wrong,” he said. “And my wife doesn’t hesitate to say ‘I told you so’ now. It’s great.”
Ferrante agreed, “It’s hard with these things. You never know. You just try to make the best project possible.” He went on to say, “It’s lighting in a bottle. We didn’t tell people to show up and make it a Twitter phenomenon. It just happened. And that’s kind of cool.”
One thing that makes the Sharknado movies so easy on the eyes is the CGI, which is, you must admit, pretty darn impressive. Of course, that presents challenges to the actors. But, according to Ziering, what makes it believable (as much as tornadoes made of sharks is believable) is that Ferrante was specific about what the actors needed to react to. “You have a director who can help tell the story, help illuminate what’s happening around you so you can have trust in the fact that whatever you’re doing is not going to be ridiculous,” Ziering said. “So you can have trust in the fact that whatever you’re doing is not going to be ridiculous, your actions are going to be substantiated because it all gets filled in afterwards. It’s all about having the trust.”
Fox agreed about Ferrante’s role in making their jobs easier, “He was very descriptive in what was happening and what kind of sharks were coming at us.”
Guess what? The first thing you can expect in Sharknado 2 is MORE SHARKS! I bet you didn’t see that coming, right? Obviously, the second film had to be bigger and better. Fox spilled the beans about familiar faces popping up throughout the movie. She said, “A lot of cameos, a lot of cameos. I mean I was really pleasantly surprised how many people wanted to be a part of this film when they saw it. It’s like, famous faces just keep popping up. And it’s just an awesome surprise.”
Ferrante believes that it was important to go bigger with the new movie. “We already did a lot in the first movie for the budget and the schedule,” he said. “And we pretty much had the same kind of schedule on this one and we were trying to do twice as much. So it’s a lot of heavy lifting to make these things look fantastic. We don’t have a $200 million budget to pull it off.”
But money is nothing, Ferrante stated, because the combination of writers and Syfy’s top execs allowed them to make the film they wanted to.