The American Pie actress is currently on the promo trail for the final movie in the six-part Sharknado series.
The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time hits television on August 20, proving critics wrong – who thought this wacky disaster movie concept would never be a hit.
But Tara Reid herself, who stars as April Wexler in the films, admitted to Daily Star Online she was far from enamoured with the Sharknado’s crazy concept when she was first approached.
In a candid chat, she lifted the lid on the “outrageous” films, which have turned into one of the most popular TV releases ever thanks to the social media buzz they have created.
“It’s so bad that it’s good”
Speaking about her initial reaction when she received the script, Tara said: “I remember when I received the script, I was like ‘This is the stupidest movie I’ve ever read in my life.’
“And I was like, ‘I’m not going to do it as this is just re*****d as sharks are there in LA and taking over Beverly Hills,’ and I thought what a stupid movie.”
But Tara, 42, revealed that her pals convinced her to take part.
“I was out to dinner with friends and I was telling them about it and they laughed so hard that it hurt.
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“And they were like ‘You have to do this movie, like, it’s so funny.
“‘You know, like, it’s so bad that it’s good.’”
Tara then revealed that she decided to get involved thinking “no-one would see it”.
But the film concept of a tornado of sharks taking over the globe – which Tara described as “the most ridiculous thing ever” – proved to be a huge hit with viewers.
It was reported in July 2017 by Filmsite.org that the tv movie series had made $ 4.503 billion (£3.5 billion) in “Total Franchise Gross,” making it the best selling movie franchise of all time.
Tara credits a large part of the franchise’s success to social media.
When the first Sharknado movie was aired on Syfy in 2013, it was one of the most talked-about things on Twitter.
The social media platform dissected its success and said that it generated 318,232 tweets during broadcast and 5,000 tweets per minutes at its peak.
This saw it beat competing shows Big Brother and a New York Yankees game.
The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time will premiere in the UK on Monday 20 August at 10pm on SYFY