The Last Shark From ‘Jaws’ Slices Into Academy Museum

by Thomas Tuna

Funny, Bruce doesn’t look 45. That would be “Bruce,” the infamous shark from the first (and perhaps still the best) of the summer blockbusters–1975’s iconic Jaws.

But then, Roy Scheider’s Chief Martin Brody of the Oscar-winning film did say that no one really knows how old sharks are. Maybe he had something there.

In any event, the last surviving mechanical Bruce will now be proudly displayed in the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles. The special exhibit, as explained in a prepared statement from the museum, will thrill the public when the museum officially opens Apr. 30, 2021, but you can get a sneak peek right on this page.

This 25-foot-long model that still terrorizes movie lovers to this day is, according to the release, the fourth and only surviving version of the shark made from the original Jaws mold. With a 400-pound head and jaws nearly five feet wide, this Bruce survived at Universal Studios Hollywood until 1990, after which it somehow found its way to a junkyard in Sun Valley, Calif.

Fortunately for fans everywhere, Bruce was rescued and authenticated in 2010 and eventually restored under the expert tutelage of special effects and makeup wizard Greg Nicotero (who knows a thing or two about horror).

This model of the film’s “great white”–the museum’s largest displayed object–had to be carefully lifted into the building using cranes, where it is now suspended 30 feet above the third floor. In this prime location, it was explained, Bruce will be visible from many vantage points in the museum and to stunned passersby on the streets below.

Jaws–directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss–was nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award and won Oscars for Best Editing, Best Sound and Best Original Score (for John Williams’ eerily brilliant composition).

Keep reading Horror News Network for any further updates on Bruce’s debut in the new museum. You won’t even need a bigger boat.

 

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