Ian Ziering is busy marketing "Sharknado 4," but the actor nearly turned down the opportunity to play action hero Fin Shepard in the franchise that became a cultural phenomenon.
"I had an argument with my wife. I said, this will be a misstep in my career," he told CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Wednesday ahead of this weekend's premier of "Sharknado 4."
Instead, the SyFy channel's 2013 made-for-television movie "Sharknado" — which revolves around a shark-spewing tornado — became a surprise social- media sensation and spawned a series of annual summer sequels that air around the world.
"I did a press tour for South America. I spoke to every country, a round table, for every press opportunity down there," he said. "I did the same thing for Asia. I do the same thing for Europe."
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