Donald Trump Almost Played the President in Sharknado 3 Before Running for Office - NBC New York

Donald Trump Almost Played the President in Sharknado 3 Before Running for Office

The Hollywood Reporter said an offer was made and Trump accepted.

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    The Simpsons aren't alone! "Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!" almost predicted Donald Trump's presidency too.

    The Hollywood Reporter reported Wednesday Trump was offered the role of the U.S. president in the 2015 film "Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!" The outlet said the producers had hoped to cast Sarah Palin in the role, but negotiations with her fell through, after which cast member Ian Ziering suggested Trump. Ziering starred on Trump's show "The Celebrity Apprentice." The Hollywood Reporter said an offer was made and Trump accepted.

    "The Donald said yes," David Latt, co-founder of production company The Asylum, told the outlet. "He was thrilled to be asked."

    Trump has not commented.

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    The Hollywood Reporter reported after negotiations, a contract was drawn up and sent to Trump's attorney Michael D. Cohen. Latt said after a few weeks, the lawyer said, "Donald's thinking about making a legitimate run for the presidency, so we'll get back to you."

    The production company later cast Mark Cuban instead.

    "Then we immediately heard from Trump's lawyer," Latt said. "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 told The Hollywood Reporter that a dinner with Ziering to discuss casting Trump did take place, but said he has no recollection of the angry correspondence.

    Anthony C. Ferrante, director of all the Sharknado movies, also said at SharkCon in Tampa, Florida last month that Trump was originally supposed to play the president in "Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!" and that the role went to Cuban due to scheduling conflicts.

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    "Now I kind of actually believe [Trump] still thinks he's in Sharknado," he said, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

    As for Ziering, he had shown his support for Trump's real presidential prospects publicly on Twitter in 2014.

    "I wonder if I run for PRESIDENT, will the haters and losers vote for me knowing that I will MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN? I say they will!" Trump tweeted.

    "@realDonaldTrump Go for it Mr. Trump, you're the kind of leader that gets things done," Ziering replied.