‘Sharknado 2: The Second One' is ready to take a big bite out of New York City

Movie was shot during frigid New York City winter

Flying sharks? Again? You bet.
 
The weather event that started an Internet phenomenon is about to strike again Wednesday night. ‘Sharknado 2: The Second One’ will take a big bite out of the Big Apple on television screens across the world.
 
For many of the actors who are new to the franchise, they jumped the shark to join ‘Sharknado 2’.
 
“I actually campaigned to get myself in it. I’m a fan of the genre,” said Judah Friedlender, who plays Bryan in the movie. “I actually live tweeted the first ‘Sharknado’ and I kind of met the director as I was tweeting that night cause he was tweeting also. So after awhile they realized I was serious and that I wanted to be in it.”
 
Friedlender wasn’t alone in his excitement to battle flying sharks.
 
“I jumped at the opportunity,” said Vivica A. Fox, who plays Skye. “I didn’t hesitate when they said they want you to be part of ‘Sharknado 2’. It was the little film that could and I said why not?”
 
Part of the thrill for the actors were doing things that normally is not done in mainstream Hollywood blockbusters.
 
“It’s not everyday you see someone standing on top of a fire truck hoisting up a 45 pound chainsaw that’s five feet long yelling ‘Let’s go kill some sharks’ in Manhattan,” said Ian Ziering, who reprises his role as Fin Shepard in ‘Sharknado 2.’
 
You may not think filming a movie that could be perceived by many as silly would be tough but it was. The production was hindered by hundreds of fans.
 
“The first movie we were shooting in Los Angeles nobody could care less we were making this movie,” said director Anthony C. Ferrante. “When we were in New York the first day shooting outside the hotel there were people lining up around. It was like we were shooting a studio movie. We couldn’t go anywhere without people following us taking photos.”
 
And then there was the weather in the Big Apple in February. The production shot during sub-freezing temperatures.
 
“I don’t think there was a day over 12 degrees in the eighteen days that we shot 'Sharknado' in New York City,” said Ziering. “There were days so cold my mouth would not work.”
 
“We could barely get our lines out,” Fox agreeing on the brutal conditions. “There was one scene where we had to get a little wet so it was like you turned into an icicle for ‘Sharknado.’”
 
Despite the comedic nature of the film, the production crew and actors felt it was extremely important to take their roles serious while making ‘Sharknado 2.’
 
“It’s very easy to wink at the camera or mug for the camera but if anyone would have done that it would have let the air out of the balloon,” Ziering said. “The movie would have fell apart.”
 
“You have 18 days to shoot a movie like this. We shot it in February and delivered it in June. We have over 700 visual effects. Try that Superman,” said Ferrante. “Say what you will about these movies whether you hate it or you love it or if its rough around the edges but we pulled off the impossible on both movies.”
 
The success of the first ‘Sharknado’ took everyone by surprise.
 
“Last year we thought no one would be watching the movie,” Ferrante explained. “We thought stoners would be standing there lighting up. And that would be our audience because it was a weird film.”
 
At times there were five thousand tweets about ‘Sharknado’ every minute on Twitter. The actors are preparing to join in on the online fun for the premiere.
 
“I’m having a birthday party ‘Sharknado’ tweeting party,” said Fox. “We’re going to have salmon so I’m eating some fish. Eating, tweeting and celebrating my birthday.”
 
“I will be posting pictures from behind the scenes the whole time, just talking from people all over the world.”
 
Zierring is asking fans to follow him on his Twitter account, @IanZiering.
 
“I will be posting pictures from behind the scenes the whole time, just talking from people all over the world.”
 
Even Friedlender, who is in London doing standup, says he will try to be online for the premiere.
 
'Sharknado 2: The Second One’ premieres on the Syfy network Wednesday night at 9 p.m. EDT.
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