A ROLE TO DIE FOR
HIS breakthrough role was in out-there 1980s franchise Police
Academy. Now funnyman Steve Guttenberg has gone one better with a starring role in SyFy’s latest schlockbuster, Lavalantula.
Giant spiders spewing lava is the latest creation from the people who specialise in combining CGI with the laughably unbelievable.
Guttenberg, 56, knew exactly what he was getting into when he took the role of washed-up former A-list action star Colton West in the movie.
Three years ago he passed on the role of Fin Shephard in Sharknado – the SyFy phenomenon which became a social media smash hit.
“Yep, I passed on Sharknado,” Guttenberg says. “I was smart enough to say yes to this one.”
The Sharknado role ultimately went to Ian Ziering – who makes a cameo in Lavalantula when Guttenberg’s West, frantically trying to save LA from lavaspewing spiders, meets him in the street. Ziering’s character would like to help, “but I’ve got shark problems right now”.
Lavalantula reunites Guttenberg him with Police
Academy co-stars Michael Winslow, Marion Ramsey and Leslie Easterbrook.
“When I saw the script I knew it was in line with what the audience generally wants today – creature features and heroes,” he says.
“In real life, I don’t mind spiders. But ones that are bigger than my head, that’s different.”
Completing the stretch from sublime to ridiculous, Guttenberg’s Lavalantula turn comes just after he completed something even scarier – his first shot at Shakespeare in the adaption Henry 4.1, in New York.
“To do that, which is purely artful, and Lavalantula which is purely commercial, at the same time was kind of cool,” Guttenberg says.
LAVALANTULA SATURDAY, 9.30PM,