a self-proclaimed adrenaline rush junkie, Ryan Merriman looked forward to filming
'Final Destination 3' -- about a high school senior who has a premonition of a
fatal roller coaster accident -- but it proved to be too much of a good thing.
'I love roller coasters so when we rode it 25 times in one day, it was cool at
first, but then you started to feel like you had a hangover. One of the girls
was claustrophobic so even she got a little weary. However, there was no puking
-- it was actually quite amazing.' That will no doubt reassure moviegoers, who
can join the ride when the picture opens Friday (2/10). 'People who were involved
with the first two movies say this is the best one,' he adds.
Merriman is finishing his latest film, 'Home of the Giants,' with Haley Joel Osment.
'I was there two weeks before filming, just training with my teammates -- an actual
basketball team in North Carolina,' the 22-year-old says about playing a high
school basketball star. 'They recruited the top players in the state and put them
on one team.' So how did his skills match up? 'I've always been a good athlete,
but it was a bit intimidating because my main focus is acting. At first I would
hit the rim a lot, but towards the end, I was dropping dimes!'