'Sharknado 2: The Second One' Includes More Sharks, More Chainsaw Action & Surprising Cameos
Only time will tell whether "Sharknado 2: The Second One" will have the cultural significance as its predecessor, but we'll know tonight after it airs on Syfy.
During a press call with actors Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, and Vivica A. Fox and director Anthony C. Ferrante, the group talked about the highly anticipated sequel and what fans can expect this time around.
Reid promised "more sharks," while Fox said there will be a lot of action and cameos. "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," she said.
(Be on the look out for stars including Matt Lauer, Kelly Ripa, Michael Strahan, and Judah Freidlander, to name a few.)
One of the things people loved about the first film was its absurdity.
Ferrante commented: "I think the misnomer about Sharknado is people get hung up on the fact that sharks can't exist in a tornado and tornados can't do what they do and all that stuff. And the simple explanation on our end is that it's a Sharknado; it's like our Frankenstein, our Freddy Krueger, our Jason."
Why did the first film become so popular? Ferrante believes the whole package lured people in, including the title and the trailer. "There was something silly about the title and it seemed ridiculous but when you saw the trailer it was - it looks like the big studio movie or trying to be," he said. "We were daring [people] to watch it to see if we could fail and yet we kept delivering every 10 minutes with some big action set piece."
He added: "They get to watch it in the privacy of their home and they had a blast. They made fun of it. They loved it. They hated it. I mean it was just - it was great."
And the sequel promises to be that times 10.
"The brilliance of Sharknado 2 is the fact that it's more of the same. It's a similar formula but it's a different experience, similar situation in a new environment. And if people liked one they're going to love two," said Ziering.
One of the first film's most memorable scenes involved a chainsaw. Is there a chainsaw involved in the sequel? Absolutely. But filming with the equipment wasn't easy.
Ziering explained:"In the second one, working with a chainsaw that is 45 pounds, swinging a chainsaw through the air is a little bit more challenging.
"So when I stood on top of the fire truck knowing that there was a shark flying at me I thought this would be another great opportunity.
"But this time I did it backwards [from the scene in the first Sharknado]. And Anthony says, what the hell are you doing? It looks so phallic. But when we painted the shark in it's such a beautiful kill. It really is."
Ferrante added: "It is a fantastic moment. Yes, we called if the phallic shot. Wow, it was great...that's probably one of my favorite kills in this movie."
There was some pressure on Ferrante to make the sequel live up to the first one. "There is an obligation and you couldn't just do the Sharknado 1 over again. You really did need to amp it up and make bigger and better and greater sequences," he explained.
"I think that emboldened us and allowed us more freedom to kind of push things a little further than we could have in the first movie.
"We definitely pushed the maximum but in the second movie - we go for broke a lot of times. That last 15 minutes of the movie - I could never image selling that to anybody on the first film."
"Sharknado 2: The Second One" airs on Syfy on July 30 at 9 p.m. Eastern.