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'Oh Hell No!' Trump passed on 'Sharknado 3' role to pursue presidency

In this image released by Syfy, Mark Cuban portrays the president, left, and Ian Ziering portrays Fin Shepard in a scene from "Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!" premiering on Wednesday, at 9 p.m. EDT on Syfy. (Syfy via AP)

President Donald Trump reportedly turned down a role in 2015's "Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!" to run for office.

The controversial leader was approached by the TV movie's star Ian Ziering, who appeared on Trump's reality show "Celebrity Apprentice," to portray the commander-in-chief in the disaster horror comedy after negotiations with former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin fell through.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Trump initially accepted the offer to be part of the SyFy network venture, but subsequently backed out.

David Latt, the co-founder of The Asylum production company behind the TV hit, tells the publication, "The Donald said yes (prior to filming). He was thrilled to be asked."

Gerald Webb, casting director for "Sharknado 3," notes Trump was close to closing a deal: "We got pretty far," Webb shared. "It was serious talks."

When Trump's team failed to finalize his involvement with the project, Latt claims the mogul's attorney Michael D. Cohen revealed the reality star's plans to pursue the presidency in the 2016 election, so they offered the part to multi-billionaire businessman and "Shark Tank" star Mark Cuban, something that allegedly enraged Trump.

"We immediately heard from Trump's lawyer," Latt recalled. "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 maintains he has no recollection of the dispute.


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