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Ian Ziering says he was more confident, had more fun making 'Sharknado 2'

"It was a bit more freeing and it enabled me to not have to worry about, 'Gosh, am I going to look ridiculous doing this?'" the actor says of having faith in the movie's visual effects team and his director Anthony Ferrante.

By Karen Butler
Ian Ziering says he was more confident, had more fun making 'Sharknado 2'
"Sharknado" actor Ian Ziering attends The 40th Annual People's Choice Awards. UPI/Jim Ruymen | License Photo

NEW YORK, July 24 (UPI) -- Actor Ian Ziering says he had more confidence -- and fun -- making Sharknado 2: The Second One after the original Sharknado TV movie turned out to be such a phenomenal success.

The 2013 telepicture was about how Ziering's bar owner Fin and his estranged wife April -- played by Tara Reid -- try to survive a freak storm that deposits man-eating sharks on Los Angeles. It became a social-media sensation and quickly spawned a sequel, which is set to air on Syfy July 30.

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Sharknado 2: The Second One follows Fin and April as they find themselves up against a similar disaster in New York City.

Both films were helmed by director Anthony Ferrante.

"In making Sharknado 2, there was a greater amount of ease about it because where I didn't have the experience of what was possible [on the first one]," Ziering told UPI in a teleconference with reporters Tuesday. "After seeing what the visual effects artists were able to accomplish, what Anthony was able to do with the script, going into Sharknado 2, I had a higher level of trust."

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"So, it was a bit more freeing and it enabled me to not have to worry about, 'Gosh, am I going to look ridiculous doing this?' I would do it no matter what, but I had a greater amount of trust knowing Anthony is completely capable and knowing that the visual effects artists are going to make all my actions substantiated by whatever shark it is that I am being threatened by. To make what initially was an action into a very realistic reaction, so I had a lot more fun because I wasn't ill at ease."

Ziering is best known for his work on the iconic 1990s TV series Beverly Hills, 90210. Reid co-starred in the American Pie film franchise.

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