If most actors were informed that they were wanted for a movie called Mansquito, they'd laugh their tails off. Corin Nemec certainly did.
But then the Parker Lewis Can't Lose star tore through the screenplay for this week's Sci Fi Channel original about a giant bloodsucking bug (Saturday at 9 pm/ET). Ever since then, he tells TVGuide.com, he's ranked the fantastically titled creature feature among the greats. (Even if he is a little biased.)
"The script actually has a wonderful humanistic quality to it," the 33-year-old actor says. "It goes back to the classical plays of the Greeks.
"When I read it, I was like, 'Wow, I wonder if even the people involved in it know that there's this beautiful arc that I see. And obviously they did, because the end product tells that story. I'm definitely enthusiastic about it."
And how! Nemec — a Sci Fi fave since his stint on Stargate: SG-1
— got so into playing a cop who's out to save his girlfriend (Buffy
's praying mantis, Musetta Vander
) from an insect stalker that he performed most of his own stunts. He then signed on for yet another far-out thriller, The Citadel
, about a Nazi-made Frankenstein monster. Now that's
"A guy fighting a giant mosquito-man seems absolutely ridiculous to the average individual," he concedes, inadvertently revealing that he's never hung out with the TVGuide.com. "But when it's captured realistically, it becomes very believable. You just have to be willing to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.
"I could [even see Mansquito
becoming a series]," he adds, "but it just depends on whether the audience wants to see more of those characters. It's like with Indiana Jones. Once you saw Raiders of the Lost Ark
, you wanted to see him go through more stuff. You can't have just one movie!"