Zier­ing: ‘Shark­nado’ has ‘se­cret sauce’ he can’t ex­plain

Cape Breton Post - - Entertainment - BY BERENICE BAUTISTA

The memes and mock­ery abound, but “Shark­nado,’’ which has con­quered au­di­ences, net­ted dozens of celebrity cameos such as Ge­orge R.R. Martin, Ne-Yo and Kelly Os­bourne, and has turned into an an­nual event. The fifth in­stall­ment of the TV movie se­ries about air­borne sharks ar­rives Sun­day with new celebri­ties and in­ter­na­tional set­tings.

“As a viewer I ap­pre­ci­ate it be­cause it’s fun, it’s es­capism, it’s pure en­ter­tain­ment. But how do you ex­plain it? I don’t know,’’ said se­ries star Ian Zier­ing, who along with Tara Reid fights a tornado of sharks with a chain saw.

“Ma­jor mo­tion pic­ture stu­dios spend hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars try­ing to cap­ture some of what­ever it is that makes our lit­tle ‘Shark­nado’ movie glob­ally pop­u­lar.’’

“It’s kind of like the se­cret sauce: No one re­ally knows for sure. I wish I knew, I would be mak­ing my own movie,’’ he said with a laugh.

“Shark­nado: Global Swarm­ing’’ pre­mieres Sun­day on Syfy. It finds Zier­ing’s Fin Shep­ard an ex­pert in “shark­na­dos’’ who is called upon by gov­ern­ments around the world to fight the crazy phe­nom­e­non.

Film­ing took the cast and crew to Europe, Asia and Aus­tralia. This year’s cameos in­clude Olivia New­ton-John, Bret Michaels, Clay Aiken, Charo and Mex­i­can weather girl Yanet Gar­cia.

“Now that we’ve be­come a global movie it’s not just people who want to be in the movie, there’s coun­tries who have so­licited,’’ Zier­ing said.

“I think the cra­zi­est place that we shot that was, (where) they were look­ing at us like we were out of our mind would be Tokyo when we were run­ning in the streets at night, like scream­ing. They don’t un­der­stand the lan­guage, and they’re look­ing at us and this crazy hair, and he’s got this in his hand, People were like, ‘What the hell is go­ing on?’’’ Reid said.

The plot has been non­sen­si­cal from the be­gin­ning and has cre­ated many memes on the web. Even Zier­ing found it ridicu­lous at the be­gin­ning.

“When I read the first ‘Shark­nado’ movie I thought It was ter­ri­ble, I told my wife that I couldn’t do this movie, that it would be the end of my ca­reer,’’ said the ac­tor, who starred in the pop­u­lar ‘90s TV se­ries “Bev­erly Hills 90210’’ and “Mel­rose Place.’’

“I am an ac­tor, but my most im­por­tant job is provider of my fam­ily. I didn’t have very much con­fi­dence in the movie, but I did it any­way to pro­vide for my fam­ily.’’

The love of the fans has led to a yearly in­stall­ment since 2013, all of them directed by An­thony C. Fer­rante.

For Zier­ing, the big­gest chal­lenge has been “keep­ing it all to­gether.’’

“We’re say­ing things that are so ridicu­lous that some­times you re­ally want to laugh re­ally hard,’’ he said. “But you have to take all of this re­ally se­ri­ously, be­cause in the con­text of this movie these are very se­ri­ous sce­nar­ios.’’

AP PHOTO

In this Aug. 3 photo, cast mem­bers Ian Zier­ing, left, and Tara Reid par­tic­i­pate in the BUILD Speaker Se­ries to dis­cuss “Shark­nado 5: Global Swarm­ing” at AOL Stu­dios in New York. The film pre­mieres Sun­day on Syfy.

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