Sharknado, the film about killer sharks flying out of tornados, could very well end its trilogy with a fin-filled attack on London. That is if you look at the film scientifically, as star of Sharknado 2: The Second One Judah Friedlander insists you can.
“If you just look at the phenomenon of the Sharknado, if you look at this scientifically…” Friedlander tells RadioTimes.com, using a Sharknado poster as his teaching aid, “This is serious. This is a serious film.
“If you look at the Sharknado scientifically, it started out on the West Coast of the United States on the Pacific Ocean. Going further west it would have hit Hawaii, Asia… but it didn’t. It hit New York next. Which means it’s travelling east and that’s the Atlantic Ocean. The next major metropolitan area in the Atlantic is England, is London.
“That’s why I’m here. To warn you guys, that it’s come to New York, and if you look at the weather patterns of this phenomenon, of the Sharknado, to me, it says it’s coming to London.”
The man’s got a point. And when that third film swings around, Friedlander wants a piece of the pie.
“I can’t say whether or not my character makes it through or not,” he says of Mets-loving Bryan who makes his first appearance in Sharknado 2, “But I would love to be in every Sharknado movie, let’s put it that way.”
And he may very well get his way, given that the actor, perhaps best-known for playing Frank Rossitano in 30 Rock, lobbied to get himself the part.
“I saw the first one live, when it first aired, and I live tweeted the whole thing. It’s one of those movies that I see it and as I’m watching it, there’s an anger and a sadness that comes over me that I’m not in it.
“I wish I was in Sharknado One, I really do. And I started tweeting like crazy with jokes and I started tweeting back and forth with director Anthony Ferrante saying that I wanted to let everyone know that I’d directed it under my psydonym Anthony Ferrante.
“Then I found out Sharknado 2 had started filming. And I was like, man, I’ve missed out again on this thing. So I tweeted them again and emailed and got hold of head of casting Gerald Webb. They’d started filming, but they were like, alright, we’re going to get you a little thing in the movie. Initially it was one line, a different role. And then the director said he’d love me to do more stuff in this. And I was like, ‘Well me too dude!’
“So we wound up combining a few characters and had me play that one.”
But to get Bryan, a blue-collar guy from Queens, just right, it was important he didn’t look like his trucker hat-loving 30 Rock character. Or indeed, his World Champion stand up persona. That would just make a Sharknado moot.
“My whole stand up persona is being the World Champion, the greatest athlete and karate hero on the planet – so that wouldn’t have been a realistic person to be in Sharknado 2. It would probably be over in about five minutes with my shark fighting skills. So we were like alright, I should look different for this, tuck my hair back and stuff.”
Although that doesn’t mean the World Champion won’t consider a comedic follow up to his book How to Beat Up Anybody, but about sharks.
“You know, I don’t discuss beating up sharks too much in my book, but I think I’m really going to have to focus on that in the next one.”
And it also doesn’t mean you can’t get him to pose with you while you wear a Sharknado trucker hat that you made yourself…
See Sharknado 2: The Second One Thursday 31st July at 9:00pm on Syfy and tweet along using the hash tag #Sharknado2
Emma is RadioTimes.com’s resident reality TV expert and is most likely to be found chasing Simon Cowell down the street, cancelling her social life to keep up with the latest batch of sob stories and trying to get selfies with celebrities. Emma is a chat show addict and quotes Friends more than is probably healthy.