Tara Reid Kicks Sharknado Butt in 'Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!'
"Shark Week" may officially be over, but that’s not stopping the return of the biggest shark phenomenon to ever sweep the nation.
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The "Sharknado" franchise is back with more CG sharks and massive tornadoes to destroy every city in their path. Now in its third installment, "Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!", the series promises to bring more action, more laughs, and even more celeb cameos — Bo Derek, David Hasselhoff, Ne-Yo and Mark Cuban, just to name a few.
Tara Reid reprises her role as April Wexler, ex-wife to Ian Ziering’s character of Fin Shepard, as the shark fighting duo who risks it all to rid the world of great whites, hammerheads and bull sharks. Sounds wacky right? But that’s the same reason Reid was attracted to the project in the first place.
"When I read the script I was like, 'Are you joking? This is the worst. It’s so silly,'" she laughs. "When I went out to dinner with my friends that night and I was telling them about the script, they were laughing so hard. They said, 'It’s a classic. Tara you have to do this movie!'"
And of course, her friends were right.
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According to the Hollywood Reporter, 1.4 million viewers tuned in to the premiere of the first film in July 2013, 1.9 million people watched the encore, and 2.1 million watched the third broadcast, which became the most-watched encore for an original movie in Syfy history.
Still not sold? A year later, Deadline reported that 3.9 million people watched the premiere of "Sharknado 2: The Second One" — that’s nearly a 180-percent jump from the original film, making the sequel Syfy's most watched original movie ever.
“We never knew that it would turn out to be this huge, cultural cult film!” Reid exclaimed. “I thought, ‘No one’s going to see it!’”
Reid went on to add that because the actors take their parts so seriously, it makes it that much more fun for the viewers to enjoy the silliness. And after her character’s hand (spoiler alert!) was bitten off in the sequel and replaced with a saw, Reid says fans should expect some extra serious shenanigans with that bionic hand in the third installment.
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If the previous ratings are any indication, "Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!" will bring enormous success to the campy, made for television franchise. So, will this open the door to more movies for Reid?
“There’s talk about making a fourth, but you never know,” Reid hinted, but it sounds like mum's the word for now.
Until then, Reid is keeping herself occupied with three upcoming film projects and working on a perfume line, Shark by Tara Reid, which she describes as a light scent that leaves consumers smelling of lavender and summertime.
And if you’re looking for a hot topic to talk about with co-workers, be sure to check out the premiere of ‘Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!’ on July 22 at 9/8c on SyFy.
Want more? Check out a few pics of Tara from her recent appearance at San Diego Comic-Con below: