Originally published a version of this on my Moviepilot page. The site has closed down so enjoy this updated version of my article.
In the summer of 1975, the summer blockbuster was born with the arrival of Jaws. 2015 marked the film’s 40th anniversary and continues to be a favorite with fans and critics. If you read my post 5 OF MY FAVORITE SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS you’ll see why. Jaws is a film that I always watch throughout the year especially during the summer. Here are 12 fun facts from the film and its sequel Jaws 2 (I don’t recognize the 3rd and 4th films).
1. Peter Benchley’s Suggestions And Objections
Peter Benchley’s (the author of the novel that the film is based off) casting choices for the film were Robert Redford, Paul Newman and Steve McQueen. He was also thrown off the set after objecting to the climax of the film.
2. Failed Gun
The gun that actor Roy Scheider uses during the scene where Chief Brody shoots at the shark jammed at least 4 times before the shot worked.
Actor Robert Shaw owed the IRS money and had to flee the country once his scenes were completed.
4. Tension Onscreen And Off
If the tension between Hooper and Quint felt as realistic as possible, it was due to the actors not getting along in real life, as they argued all the time.
5. Lots of Slaps
The actress who played Mrs. Kitchener couldn’t fake a slap so there are 17 takes of her actually hitting Roy Schieder.
6. Spielberg’s Favorite Character
When director Steven Spielberg first read the novel, he found himself rooting for the shark because the human characters were so unlikable. After reading the book, I agree with him.
Jaws 2 (1978)
7. Expensive taste
8. Novel cameo
9. Quick shots
Initially, actor Roy Schieder didn’t want to appear in the film but due to conflicts with the studio about his multi-film contract, he agreed. As a result, the actor was resentful of his involvement and from the beginning of production he clashed frequently with director Jeannot Szwarc.
11. Deleted Scene
One deleted scene from the film revolves around the shark attacking the helicopter. In the scene, when the copter sinks, the shark then attacks the pilot underwater. The sounds of the pilot screaming and the copter being damaged, are the exact same sounds used in the original film when the shark attacks the shark cage and Hooper.
12. The Only One
Actress Lorraine Gary, who played Ellen Brody in the first film, is the only actor to appear in three of the four films in the Jaws franchise. She does not appear in Jaws 3-D (1983).
And those are the facts folks. Enjoy your weekend!