12 Crazy Things You Didn’t Know About The Sharknado Franchise

  
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Sharknado? Crazy? How could those two words ever meet?! *insert heavy sarcasm into previous text* But beyond the hella-impossible weather phenomenon and whole-human devouring sharks that appear in the now notorious film franchise, there are more wildly wacky facts that will shock the sci-fi-shark-movie-lover in you. Here are 12 crazy things you didn’t know about the Sharknado franchise.

12. Sharknado Starring…Steve Guttenberg?

Before Ian Ziering stepped into the shark-slaying lead role in Sharknado, the character of Fin Shepard was first offered to Steve Guttenberg. Guttenberg is perhaps best known for his roles in the ’80s hit movies Police Academy (as well as its sequels) and Three Men and a Baby. But apparently he wasn’t up to facing a shark-filled freak weather phenomenon and Steve Guttenberg turned down the role resulting in Ian Ziering being cast instead.

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11. Necessity Made Ian Ziering Take the Role

When Steve Guttenberg passed on the role of Sharknado’s leading man Fin Shepard, the shark-slicing spot was offered to Ian Ziering. But instead of jumping on the obviously brilliant acting opportunity, he was more than just a little hesitant. In the end, it wasn’t a deep need to explore the role or a connection with the character that made him accept the gig, it was pure necessity. Along with needing an acting job – any acting job – in order to earn enough to qualify for the Screen Actors Guild health insurance for himself and his family, his wife also insisted he take the role as they had another child on the way at the time and needed the payday. Necessity breeds invention, and apparently breeding invents necessity.

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Photo by Broadimage/REX Shutterstock

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