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July 21, 2011

Comic-Con 2011: ‘Shark Night’ star Chris Zylka on being a bully

Posted in: Comic-Con,Movies

Those teeth are real in "Shark Night 3D." (Relativity Media)

Playing Peter Parker’s high school tormentor, Flash Thompson, in the “The Amazing Spider-Man” was a “wonderful, wonderful experience,” actor Chris Zylka said at an event for his soon-to-be-released flick “Shark Night 3D” at a Comic-Con International event Wednesday night: “I got to work with a wonderful director. Marc [Webb] is a genius. He’s going to bring something new to the franchise, for sure, that I think people are going to love.”

Zylka was joined by a host of cast members from “Shark Night 3D,” which hits theaters in September, at an event just outside the San Diego Convention Center. The party featured blood-colored drinks called “shark bites,” a ride-on inflatable shark (think mechanical bull) and a green-screen photo booth where guests could have themselves digitally inserted into an underwater cage from the movie.

Zylka, who has also played high school bully Joey Donner in the “10 Things I Hate About You” TV series, said he was mystified as to why he is so often cast in such roles. “I find myself to be the least intimidating person ever,” he said. “I don’t know, maybe that’s all bottled inside of me? Blake, my character from ‘Shark Night,’ is one of the few who isn’t a bully, and he turns into the guy who tries to care, but it just doesn’t work out.”

Directed by David Ellis, the movie is set at a lake house getaway where a group of college students fall under attack by a group of vicious flesh-eating predators.

Star Sara Paxton, who  is no stranger to underwater filming having played the mermaid title character in “Aquamarine” and a swimmer in the horror remake “The Last House on the Left,” described working with three mechanical sharks during the summer shoot in Louisiana.

“I thought they were terrifying,” Paxton said. “I am stuck in this cage with a mechanical shark — and it has real shark teeth — that flies at you at, like, 40 miles per hour and thrashes it jaws. And I hear David Ellis, the director, say, ‘OK, close your eyes and float closer to the shark. Float closer,’ and I’m like, I’m about to die, because this shark has real shark’s teeth, and it’s this close to me.”

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