Could billionaire Mark Cuban be President Donald Trump's successor in the Oval Office?
In the world of Sharknado, it already happened. In January 2015, the makers of Sharknado approached Trump to play the POTUS for the second sequel to Syfy's Sharknado series, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"The Donald said yes," David Latt, co-founder of the company behind the Sharknado series, told The Hollywood Reporter.
A contract was drawn up and sent to Trump attorney Michael D. Cohen. But weeks of silence prompted the production company to turn to its backup plan, offering the role to Cuban.
Cuban, who doesn't miss a chance to take shots at Trump, said in an email Wednesday that we'll never know whether The Donald could've fulfilled the role like he did.
"Who knows. But don't know if he could have done the action scenes," he wrote in the email. "Lots of running. No golf carts allowed :)"
As proof, Cuban attached a seven-second video clip of him doing a body roll in front of the rolling cameras. "And that was 6 months after a hip replacement :)," Cuban wrote.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Latt heard from Trump's lawyer after Cuban had accepted the role.
"He basically said, 'How dare you? Donald wanted to do this. We're going to sue you! We're going to shut the entire show down!' "
Contacted by The Hollywood Reporter, Cohen acknowledges a dinner with Sharknado leading man Ian Ziering to discuss casting Trump but says he has no recollection of the correspondence. Ziering, a former cast member on The Apprentice, recommended Trump for the role after negotiations with former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin fell through, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
As for Cuban, he played the POTUS in Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! with campy zest, gunning down flying CGI sharks raining on the White House.
In an appearance at New York's "Ozy Fest" last month, Cuban relished the idea of challenging Trump if he runs for re-election in 2020.
"If he lasts four years, I'll be there to kick his a**," Cuban said. In February, Trump tweeted that Cuban wasn't up to the challenge.
Plan your week
As part of its Sharknado Week, Syfy is showing Sharknado 3 at 9 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, leading up to the premiere of Sharknado 5: Global Swarming at 7 p.m. Sunday.