Steve Guttenberg, action hero?
Why, yes. The Police Academy vet is all bulked up to reprise his role as Colton West in the sequel to Syfy Channel’s Lavalantula, which did big numbers last summer.
In 2 Lava 2 Lantula!, airing later this year, giant spiders spewing molten you-know-what (OK, lava) have relocated from Los Angeles to — wait for it — Florida. West, of course, saves the day, blasting the vile, incendiary mega-insects to smithereens.
Don’t be surprised if you see the 57-year-old actor around town. He and the cast, which includes his old Police Academy costars Michael Winslow and Marion Ramsey as well as Sharknado butt-kicker extraordinaire Ian Ziering, have been shooting up a storm at various locations in the 305.
Guttenberg and co. have been having a blast (no pun intended) all over South Florida, especially Miami, where the cast and crew have completed scenes in the Everglades and South Beach.
“Collins Avenue was interesting,” Guttenberg said. “People really wanted to see what we doing. We had a busload of school kids stop, and even a van of strippers came out. Cops helped us kind of keep the crowds at bay, but Miamians are very friendly.”
So let’s talk plot: What can viewers expect from the movie this time around?
“Well, now that Colton saved L.A., he’s world famous,” explained the native New Yorker. “But lo and behold, these crazy spiders are back in Miami, so he and a couple of his friends have to go down there to rescue his stepdaughter and beat the hell out of them.”
Guttenberg believes all your, um, burning questions will be answered.
“I mean, you probably want to know, ‘How do you top Lavalantula?’ Well, we do, and we will. Let me tell you, this film just works.”
And if No. 2 isn’t enough for ya, you can count on a No. 3 — with a twist.
“We’ll do the third one live!” announced the 3 Men and a Baby star. “I acted on Broadway a few years back — a Woody Allen play, Relatively Speaking — and that was great. I love doing live stuff.”
Though Guttenberg remained mum on a Lavalantula 4, he does understand the appeal of these sorts of bizarre disaster tales.
“It’s the same thing as Flash Gordon in the ’40s or Ray Bradbury over the years: Science fiction gives people hope that the future is going to be OK or at least exciting,” he said. “It’s a great exercise of your imagination, and it’s thrilling and unexpected.”
And a story about dangerously tremendous creepy crawly things that couldn’t possible exist are a great escape, too.
“You watch movies because they give you a chance to do what you don’t get to do in real life — and that’s to laugh enough, love enough or cry enough.”