When the next Sharknado blows into town, it'll bring plenty of TODAY talent along with it!
TODAY anchors Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, Natalie Morales, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb will be among those biting back when "Sharknado 3" premieres next month on SyFy.
As Savannah noted in a recent conversation about her cameo in the campy TV-movie series about the horrors of shark-infested tornadoes, "If you love the TODAY show, our role in this movie is just like that — only shark-ier."
Just ask Hoda and Kathie Lee. In a clip from "Sharknado 3," rather than using wine bottles as a delivery vehicle for the nectar of the gods, the anchors smash them and unleash primal screams, perhaps to prepare for battle with the meteorological menaces.
They might have gotten some tips from Matt and Al's work in "Sharknado 2," in which Matt plunges an umbrella into a (green-screen) predator while Al holds it down.
Matt has had more than a few memorable moments while hosting a morning talk show, but even he admitted, "I've never gotten more response to anything in my 20-something-year career at the TODAY show than 'Sharknado 2.'"
To promote their roles in the new movie, Natalie, Kathie Lee and Hoda conducted fictional split-screen interviews with real sharks that allegedly felt snubbed about computer-generated phonies beating them out for choice roles.
"Real shark, how are you feeling about this?" Natalie asks. "They're stealing your paycheck. This is your role."
In response, the shark makes several gargling noises, which apparently mean, "Why would they cast fake sharks? I mean ... I didn't even get to audition!"
Hoda and Kathie Lee chatted with a hammerhead shark, who's apparently a "huge fan" of their work.
"Why are you so angry about not being in 'Sharknado'?" Kathie Lee asks, to which the hammerhead — via translated gurgles — responds, "I'm not angry, per se. I'm just really sad. I'm going to cry."
Many of the first "Sharknado" movie's original stars, including "Beverly Hills 90210's" Ian Ziering and "American Pie's" Tara Reid, have returned for the third chapter. Among the other celebrities to appear are Frankie Muniz, Mark Cuban, Michelle Beadle, Robert Klein, Bo Derek, Penn Jillette, Jerry Springer, Chris Jericho, Benjy Bronk and David Hasselhoff, with Hasselhoff already promoting his appearance with the hashtag, #Hoffnado.
The appropriately named "Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!" premieres at 9 p.m. July 22 on SyFy.
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