National treasure and master thespian Tara Reid, star of such critically acclaimed works of direct-to-DVD greatness as The Crow: Wicked Prayer and Unnatural Causes, told Access Hollywood (via Metro) that she was initially hesitant to take on the role of Ian Ziering’s Tara Reid-ish ex-wife “April Wexler” in Sharknado because she was afraid it would kill what was left of her illustrious career. No more sequels to Van Wilder. No more Celebrity Big Brother. No more embarrassing low-budget made-for-TV movies about flying CGI sharks. Nothing!
“When I first did it, it was called Dark Skies, so I thought, okay, it’s not gonna sound so bad on my resume… it’ll be fine. And then, all of a sudden, they’re like, ‘We’re changing the name to Sharknado‘. I said, ‘Oh my God, this is it! My career is over.’
Going so far as to refuse to be involved in any promotion for the movie, the blonde says she ‘begged’ filmmakers to change the name: “It was horrible. They said, ‘Trust us, it’ll work.'” And it did.
“When it became this phenomenon, I was like, ‘Are you joking me, is this really happening?'”
Thank goodness Sharknado was such a huge success; I’d hate to see Tara Reid bury what was left of her esteemed acting career in a shallow grave and be forced to take a job hawking cheap perfume or something. Now she can finally get back to more serious roles, like “Hard-looking party girl” or “Tired-looking stripper” in direct-to-DVD films and unauthorized American Pie sequels. Or, she can finally give us a second season of her documentary series Taradise (PLEEEASSE?!?!!?)
And here’s more of future EGOT winner (E! Alumnus Award, Gelsons loyalty card member, Old Navy Friends & Family event invitee, Tit.com’s notorious nip slip hall of fame inductee) looking like a shimmering sun-kissed daisy petal at Vivica A. Fox’s 50th birthday party this past weekend: