Donald Trump threatened to sue makers of D-list film when they didn’t cast him as President

Donald Trump wanted to play the President in D-list movie Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No, but when the deal fell through, he threatened to sue the producers.

hollywood Updated: Aug 03, 2017 20:24 IST
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Donald Trump’s presidential ambitions go back a long way.

Donald Trump’s presidential debut could have come a year earlier. The current President of the United States was offered to play his fictional counterpart in Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No, the third installment in the cheesy action movie series.

The role was initially offered to former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, but when negotiations fell through, the producers had the idea of offering the part to Trump.

“The Donald said yes,” said David Latt, the 51-year-old co-founder of The Asylum, the ‘studio’ behind the films, told the Hollywood Reporter. “He was thrilled to be asked.”

“We got pretty far,” casting director Gerald Webb said. “It was serious talks.”

But then, Trump remembered that he would be mounting a real presidential campaign soon, and an appearance in a D-list, schlockfest could perhaps hurt his chances.

“Donald’s thinking about making a legitimate run for the presidency, so we’ll get back to you,” Latt recalled Trump’s lawyer Michael D Cohen explaining. “This might not be the best time.”

The role was eventually offered to billionaire businessman, and Trump critic, Mark Cuban. This didn’t sit too well with Trump.

“We immediately heard from Trump’s lawyer,” said Latt. “He basically said, ‘How dare you? Donald wanted to do this. We’re going to sue you! We’re going to shut the entire show down!’”

The Sharknado series has become a TV event of sorts, with millions tuning to watch the movies, and mocking it live on Twitter. The first film, Sharknado, was released in 2013. Three sequels - Sharknado 2: The Second One, Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!, Sharknado: The 4th Awakens - have been released yearly.

Sharknado 5: Global Swarming will air on Syfy on August 6, and instead of getting eaten by a Hammerhead in the movie, Donald Trump will still be President of the United States.

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First Published: Aug 03, 2017 20:10 IST