It’s been 40 years since Peter Benchley penned his best-seller, “Jaws” -- but the movie adaptation that catapulted Steven Spielberg to fame continues to be a summer favorite. (And many Americans still hesitate before plunging into the ocean.)
We caught up with Ben and Emily Dreyfuss, whose father, Richard Dreyfuss, played Hooper in the film. The siblings published a hilarious chat about the movie on the website Mother Jones, where they both agreed it’s a “wonderful film” that “makes no sense.”
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A little known fact: their father almost didn’t take the role in “Jaws” that made him a movie star. The first time Spielberg called he said no.
It seems everyone in America has seen “Jaws” at least once, and probably multiple times. But most people (members of the Dreyfuss family included) seem to have difficulty remembering certain details: such as which character said the famous, “We need a bigger boat” line, or who actually ended up killing the shark.
All these years later Ben and Emily are still wondering why the movie that helped pay their college tuition became the first-ever summer blockbuster. Check out their thoughts after seeing the film for the first time in years—and learn which facts even they couldn’t keep straight.
First published July 16 2014, 2:10 PM
Harry Smith is an NBC News Correspondent who came to NBC News as a Correspondent for Rock Center with Brian Williams in July 2011.
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One of televisionâ€™s most distinguished journalists, Smith has been a news reporter and anchor for more than 30 years. Before joining NBC News, he hosted the CBS News morning shows The Early Show and its predecessor CBS This Morning for 17 years.
Smith served as a senior correspondent for CBS News and substitute anchors for the CBS Evening News, Face the Nation and CBS News Sunday Morning. He also hosted the A&E series Biography.
Smith has interviewed a whoâ€™s who of world leaders from Barack Obama to Margaret Thatcher. Heâ€™s reported from the Persian Gulf War, the Iraq War and the war in Bosnia. Smith reported live from Tahrir Square the night Hosni Mubarak fell from power. He covered the revolution in Libya. Smith has also reported from disaster zones in the United States as well as Japan, Sri Lanka, Haiti and the Philippines. Smith has won several Emmy Awards, an Edward R. Murrow Award, and a du Pont award as well as numerous other honors.
He is a proud graduate of Central College in Pella, Iowa. He is married to the remarkable Andrea Joyce, an NBC sports reporter. They are the parents of two sons.