As the Trump presidency descends further into chaos with the release of a highly controversial transcript of his call with Mexican President, another even more absurd scandal is rearing its ugly head. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Trump had considered taking legal action against the production company behind the Sharknado films after he was not cast as the President.
Trump was being considered for the role of President in "Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!" in 2015, after negotiations with Sarah Palin had fallen through. "The Donald said yes," recalls David Latt, co-founder of The Asylum production company. "He was thrilled to be asked."
"We got pretty far," says Gerald Webb, an actor and casting director who worked on the first three films, on the Trump negotiations. "It was serious talks."
After weeks of radio silence from the Trump team following the initial enthusiasm, the crew received a letter alerting them of a change in plans: "Donald's thinking about making a legitimate run for the presidency, so we'll get back to you," Latt recalls attorney Michael D. Cohen saying. "This might not be the best time."
Changing directions, the team ended up asking Mark Cuban (a noted Trump adversary) for the role instead, leading to angry follow-up letters from Team Trump: "[W]e immediately heard from Trump's lawyer," recalls Latt. "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!'"
Cohen claimed he did not remember sending a letter of that kind, and a suit never actually materialized.
Reportedly, Anne Coulter was being considered for the role of Vice President.
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