UNITED STATES - Television movie Sharknado, a ridiculous comedy-horror about sharks flying through the air and ripping humans up, has become the latest cult success in the United States, with 5,000 mentions a minute on Twitter when it aired there last month.
Cast member Tara Reid, 37, who played shark-bashing mother April Wexler, told reporters over the phone from Los Angeles about her experience filming Sharknado.
Sharknado seems like a fun movie. Was it fun making it as well?
The movie was really fun making. Everything we shot, there were no sharks in it. It was all playing make-believe.
We were all looking at different areas and not at the same shark. We didn't even know what kind of shark we were facing!
So we would laugh at each other and we felt so silly because nothing was there.
What were some of the challenges you faced?
The biggest challenge was that it was freezing and soaking wet the whole time.
The coldest was when we were in a house which was built in a pool. We had to be in the water and it was so cold at night.
What was your first reaction when you read the script?
When I was reading it, I was laughing so hard because it was so silly. It was the most ridiculous movie (script) I ever read. I was like: "Are you kidding me? You're making this movie?" I couldn't believe it.
That night, I went out for dinner with a friend. I was telling them about the movie (role) I was offered. They laughed so hard and my friend told me that I had to make the movie.
What's changed the most for you since the success of Sharknado?
Nothing's changed for me. The one thing that changed my mind a little bit is how powerful social media is.
Without it, this movie would never have been what it is.
Why do you think Sharknado is such a cult success?
I think it is because it didn't take itself seriously.
If you go to a theatre and see a movie for free, and have a great time watching it, with people running from sharks flying in the air, nothing makes sense. My kids (in the movie) looked the same age as me.
This movie is so bad and nothing is believable. It's so bad, it's good.
Have you ever eaten shark? If not, would you be willing to try it?
I've never eaten shark and I don't really like fish, so no.
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