Jaws was the first summer blockbuster and this year marks its 40th anniversary. To celebrate this milestone here are 12 movie trivia from the film and its sequel Jaws 2.
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.
3. B#@& better have my money
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.
Jaws 2 (1978)
7. Expensive taste
The total cost for the making of the sequel was around $30 million, making it the most expensive film Universal Pictures had ever made at that time.
8. Novel cameo
In one of the boat scenes, a young man is reading Peter Benchley’s novel Jaws.
9. Quick shots
During production of the film, actor Murray Hamilton (Mayor Vaughn) shot his scenes very quickly due to his wife being in failing health.
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