Donald Trump Almost Played the President in 'Sharknado 3'

He had to back out of the project because he decided to run for the actual presidency instead
Donald Trump Almost Played the President in 'Sharknado 3'
Ever since Donald Trump was sworn in as the American president earlier this year, people have been pointing their fingers at all kinds of sources in search of someone to blame. Some say it's Russia's fault, while others have blamed Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders or Jill Stein. Still, as with most bad things in the world, the blame for this can potentially be pinned on the producers of Sharknado.

The Hollywood Reporter has shared a lengthy interview with David Latt, co-founder of The Asylum studio that's responsible for all those awful shark movies. Of his many revelations, Latt revealed that they almost wrangled the Donald to play the president in Sharknado 3.

After negotiations to cast Sarah Palin fell apart, the idea was first pitched by Ian Ziering, who had worked with Trump on Celebrity Apprentice. The idea was to have Trump as president, with Ann Coulter as his VP. "The Donald said yes," Latt said. "He was thrilled to be asked."

The casting may have planted an idea in Donald Trump's brain, because negotiations with the production stalled when he started considering a real-life presidential run.

Trump was pissed, however, when the Sharknado producers went with one of his many mortal enemies instead, casting Mark Cuban as the president.

"Then we immediately heard from Trump's lawyer," Latt recalled. "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!"

In other words, perhaps Sharknado is a little more prescient than we first thought. Hopefully that means we'll all be destroyed by a swirling horde of Great Whites.