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Debbie Gibson and Tiffany Use Their Teen-Pop-Idol Powers to Take on 'Mega Python vs. Gatoroid'

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 28th 2011 10:00AM
Debbie Gibson and TiffanyFormer teen pop idols Debbie Gibson and Tiffany (real name Tiffany Darwish) spent most of the '80s and late '90s running between recording studios and concert venues (including, of course, malls); their paths rarely crossed.

"We were both kind of running so fast that running just as fast as we can to coin a phrase," Gibson told reporters on a conference call. "And we would cross paths, you know, doing a TV show here or there or whatever. But it was really like ships in the night."

Strangely enough, it took a giant mutant python and a snarling hybrid alligator to bring them together. The two team up for the Syfy original movie 'Mega Python vs. Gatoroid' premiering Sat., January 29 at 9PM ET on Syfy.

"I think it's something that our fans have waited for a long time," Darwish said. "I mean the funny thing to me is who would've thought that pythons and gators would unite us, you know?"

Gibson plays an animal right advocate who frees a group of hyperactive pythons into the Florida Everglades and accidentally starts a war with the local gators that the local park ranger (Darwish) has injected with steroids to even the playing field.

The movie gave the two a chance to not only work together, but put to rest the rumors of rivalry that have hounded them since their days as teen idols.

"I definitely developed a lot of admiration for Tiffany and her abilities and her work ethic and besides the fact that we just had a crazy good fun," Gibson said. "Like at one point, we were ducked under a table slathered in like whipped cream and banana cream pie and we looked at each other and went, 'What? What is going on here?'"

The movie also marks a first for Syfy as 'Pet Semetary' director Mary Lambert becomes the first female to helm a movie for the network. Darwish said Lambert kept the set loose and freeing and made the experience feel more like backyard fun than work.

Lambert would tell her, "OK, look, I know there's a huge gator that you can't see but it's huge. And you're saying, 'Oh look -- look at the gator' and some other kind of semi-cheesy lines. But I really want to see that in your eyes."

Preparing for their roles also gave them the unique opportunity to get their hands dirty with some actual pythons and gators.

"I went and played with some snakes at the local nature preserve," Gibson said. "I ended up not having to really handle a lot of snakes. But I did want to find something likable about them, some reason why I was going to bat for them."

"And physically I wanted to get in shape," she continued. "But I almost intentionally went for kind of a scrawny look because I think I was like channeling (Nicole Richie) when she was at her like, you know, hippy chic. I'm an activist."

"I would like to say it was more in-depth for me," Darwish said. "And I handled a baby alligator, but that was just because I thought it was cool. There wasn't some kind of like method that I was going through to prepare for my role unfortunately."

The stars have made Syfy movies before, Gibson in 'Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus' and Tiffany in 'Mega Piranha,' so teaming up to do another one for Syfy and The Asylum, the production company behind all three movies, seemed like a natural fit for the pair.

"All these years later we have a lot of mutual friends we have a lot of fans on my Facebook, her Facebook," Darwish said. "So I think both of us are still very plugged into what the other person is doing ... I saw 'Mega Shark' [and] being a Syfy fan I was like, 'That's really awesome.'

Then 'Mega Piranha' came my way. I read the script and I was like ... I would love to do this. And I think I kind of want to do it for my fans as well but also my son who's 18, that's one of the only things we watch together."

"I'm a huge Syfy fan," Darwish added. "And now I'm kind of addicted."

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January 29 2011 at 6:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was thinking that Debbie is a pretty good actor too---but that she SHOULDN'T go with botox. Look at that priceless expression she has in the above photo, one that she couldn't achieve with a face-full of botox! And to hell with the "boob job"---Her body is fine enough!

January 29 2011 at 6:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Debbie isn't too bad with acting, but she could enhance her bosom a bit, give those lips a boost, and add more botox. She kind of looks like Kari Byron. Tiffany could probably be taken more seriously, if her **** weren't jiggling all over the place. Most viewers take more notice in that, than they do with the act! Forget about losing so much of the brows, what about the pounds. Liked her performance in that mall, back in the 80's. They're still cuter than Britney and Christina when they were teen pop stars!

January 29 2011 at 5:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What has Christ got to do with a Gatoroid?----Oh, the snake threw you off!

January 29 2011 at 4:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kareem A. Allen

I just want to grab Tiffany's boobs. I saw her Playboy spread back in 2002. Those things are 100% real!!

January 29 2011 at 4:25 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Steve Frye

bad actor but nice titties

January 29 2011 at 3:15 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Donna L. Ferrier

Except I don't think calling them wenches is going to help them find Christ any faster.

January 29 2011 at 2:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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