In his autobiography, “Back to the Batcave”, Adam West talks about time he was pulled into Batman producer William Dozier’s office shortly after he made the cover of Life magazine. Dozier showed West the cover and calmly reminded the actor –and I’m paraphrasing here – “there were seven Tarzans” before dismissing him. Dozier’s message to West was very clear, “you are replaceable. Nobody cares who we put in that suit. You are not the star”.
If you’re reading this Ian Ziering, heed Dozier’s advice/threat. You are not the star of the inexplicably popular “Sharknado” series. Jason Priestly and Tori Spelling have been eagerly anticipating this moment since the first “Sharknado.”
According to New York Daily News, Ziering is expecting a big pay increase for “Sharknado 3”. However, Asylum, the studio that produces the “Sharknado” series has other plans.
They’ll replace him, they’ll replace (co-star) Tara Reid. They’re not essential to the story. No one is,” a source close to the Asylum tells Confidenti@l. “The sharks are graphics, and everyone else is replaceable.
Why are they picking on Tara Reid? What did she do? She’s not asking for more money. “Sharknado” is keeping her off the streets and her nipples properly clothed and protected. She needs these dumb garbage movies. Leave her alone.
At any rate, some “insiders” are noting that Ziering – who, apparently, made a little over $400,000 on the first “Sharknado” – must negotiate very carefully. “If he asks for too much, he will be the first victim to be cut”, noted a nameless source. But it appears that the notoriously tight-fisted executives at Asylum aren’t exactly open to any pay increase. Don’t be surprised if by this time next year “Sharknado 3” is now starring Andy Dick and Lindsay Lohan.