Jorge Bernal Teases His Nascar-Related Death in 'Sharknado 3'

Jorge Bernal
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Jorge Bernal attends the 2014 NCLR ALMA Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Oct. 10, 2014 in Pasadena, California. 

It's one, two, three times the shark! Sharknado, the flying shark fest turned social media phenomenon is back with a third installment, airing on the SyFy channel on Wednesday (July 22).

The franchise is such a global success that the three-quel, hilariously titled Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!, will be released in 86 countries. This time, the entire East Coast is battling a shark feeding frenzy, with the action kicking off in Washington D.C. and then moving to Orlando.

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You can expect to see some of the usual suspects from the franchise, including Tara Reid and Ian Ziering in the lead roles. This time around, The Asylum, the production company behind the highly successful franchise, has upped the ante and assembled more celebrity cameos than we can count, with everyone from Jerry Springer to Ne-Yo appearing in the film. 

Among the familiar Latinos with roles in the movie are Frankie Muniz (of Malcolm in the Middle fame), NBC News' Natalie Morales, Lorenzo Lamas, and Jorge Bernal, host of Telemundo’s reality singing competition La Voz Kids.

It’s Bernal’s first feature film role in Hollywood and he's enjoying every minute of it. "My character's name is Bernie and he’s basically a tourist in Orlando," Bernal tells Billboard. "My main goal was to die and I die in the best fashion possible, obviously by a shark. It was shot at Universal Studios. They shut the whole entrance area down to shoot."

Judging from this behind-the-scenes shot, the set was a blast. 

The fate of Bernal's character is quite tragic, he teases. "I’m one of the tourists who is enjoying the theme park and I very innocently try to get inside of a Nascar, but my ignorance is that Nascars don’t have doors or keys, so my scene is me struggling to get into the car, and, unbeknownst to me, there’s a shark behind me."

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Like the rest of the world, Bernal says he'll be joining the #Sharknado3 Twitter fest, as well as hosting his own viewing party at home. "That is the magic of the movie, is tweeting along with it," adds Bernal. "When the first one came out I was like what the heck is this, and then people went crazy on social media."

Bernal will be talking to fans of the film directly on Tuesday (July 21) via a Facebook chat at 5:30 pm ET, taking place on his Facebook page


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