Donald Trump was preparing to act as president long before he stepped foot in the White House. The billionaire was almost given the role of commander in chief in the epic movie “Sharknado 3.”
Members of the movie franchise at SyFy told The Hollywood Reporter in a Wednesday story that the deal was very close to getting done.
“The Donald said yes,” said David Latt, who is part of the team behind the SyFy flying-fish franchise.
The idea for Trump to play president came from the movie’s star, Ian Ziering, who experienced the Donald’s screen-filling, presidential personality first hand on “Celebrity Apprentice.” While on the show, the actor imagined “his reality TV boss would make a good commander in chief,” the 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 governor Sarah Palin (R) was originally selected for the role, but negotiations with the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate ultimately fell through.
The Sharknado team waited patiently to hear back from Trump after taking negotiations far enough that a contract was written, but soon realized all their talk of casting Trump as president turned out to be somewhat of a prophecy, since Trump had begun thinking about the real thing.
“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.
Holding true to his character, Trump was reportedly angry when the franchise cast Mark Cuban as the president instead.
“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 recalled jokingly.
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