According to The Hollywood Reporter, Donald Trump nearly got to the White House early — he was reportedly “in serious talks” in 2015 to play the commander in chief in “Sharknado 3.”
“The Donald said yes,” said David Latt, one of the producers.
The idea to cast Trump as a fictional president on the “Sharknado” series — which always features a flood of pop culture and political cameos — came from its star, Ian Ziering. The former “90210” actor had appeared on a season of the then-Trump hosted “Celebrity Apprentice” as a contestant and reasoned “his reality TV boss would make a good commander in chief,” The Hollywood Reporter writes.
“He was thrilled to be asked,” Latt said of Trump, although he apparently wasn’t the “Sharknado” team’s first POTUS pick. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was originally selected for the role, but negotiations with the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate ultimately fell through.
While negotiations with Trump “got pretty far,” and a contract was drawn up, weeks went by and producers hadn’t heard from the real estate mogul. “Donald’s thinking about making a legitimate run for the presidency, so we’ll get back to you,” Latt says Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, told him at the time.
Instead, producers offered the “Sharknado” role to Mark Cuban, who has been an outspoken critic of Trump.
After the casting change, Latt says, “Then we immediately heard from Trump’s lawyer.”
“He basically said, ‘How dare you? Donald wanted to do this. We’re going to sue you! We’re going to shut the entire show down!’” Latt said.
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