Recently released by Peter Benchley’s widow Wendy on the new PeterBenchley.com website, this RARE video features Peter interviewing JAWS producers David Brown and Richard Zanuck, Steven Spielberg, and Robert Shaw. Shaw is wearing a yellow JAWS t-shirt for his interview, backed by 70s porn music.
It’s been a couple weeks since Frank Mundus (an inspiration for Quint) has passed away, but I found an interesting retrospective article about him and his book, Captain Frank Mundus, Shark Man: Master Hunter of the Deep. Here’s what the post author had to say about the book:
“That book was full of tales of Mundus as a youth, learning to fish off Long Island, getting in scrapes with the sea and its sometimes dangerous denizens. Deep dark, cold waters is where Mundus explored his limits and that of the beasts he sought. Shark Man was a book I read over and over again. I think the last time I picked it up was when I was 15 or 16. This was tales of danger and excitement, this book excited my imagination and got me wishing I was out there, hard living and hard playing (I know I was just 7, but you have to appreciate I had a vivid imagination.)”.
You can read the full article here.
Check out Frank Mundus’ autobiograpy:
Fifty Years A Hooker (great title!)
Lost Interviews from the 70s
by Dan Ward/Jake Gove
‘New England Our Way’ TV show (1974)
Thanks to Dan Ward for providing a copy of the 1974 TV program New England Our Way. The program is a fascinating look some at the key people involved with JAWS before it was released. It contains interviews with the “big three” of Scheider, Dreyfuss and Shaw, Steven Spielberg, and Martha’s Vineyard local Craig Kingsbury, who played Ben Gardner. Check out the video clips below:
Please note: Windows Media Player 7.0 is required to view these clips. More info about the player can be found at http://www.windowsmedia.com
Robert Shaw (Quint) discusses filming his death scene.
Shaw on Death Scene
Robert Shaw on what he does between shots to alleviate boredom.
Shaw on Boredom
Roy Scheider (Brody) on the “time it takes for takes”.
Scheider on Takes
Richard Dreyfuss (Hooper), talks about his performance in JAWS.
Dreyfuss on Acting
Robert Shaw (1927-1978) played Amity’s most colorful character, the Ahab-like Quint, who offers to kill the shark. Quint has a reason to hate sharks; he was a survivor of a harrowing incident during World War II, which he reveals in a chilling scene. The town is initially unwilling to pay Quint’s bounty of $10,000, and instead offers up $3,000, which prompts amateur shark hunters for miles around to take to the seas. The townspeople finally give in to Quint’s demands, and he heads out in his old boat, the Orca to do battle with the shark.
Robert Shaw was an accomplished actor, author, and playwright when Steven Spielberg cast him in JAWS. A Best Supporting Actor nominee for A Man For All Seasons (1966), Mr. Shaw had several memorable roles, including the James Bond film From Russia With Love (1963), The Sting (1973) and Black Sunday (1977).
- “Here’s to swimmin’ with bow-legged women”
- Quint’s USS Indianapolis Monologue