When you’ve been answering questions about anything for 40 years, the line of interrogation can become a tad tiresome.
That’s certainly been the case for Richard Dreyfuss, who has been copping questions about the film Jaws – in which he played oceanogrpaher Matt Hooper – since the original summer blockbuster’s release all the way back in 1975.
But one Aussie journo gave the veteran actor a question he’d never heard before.
Specifically, “what’s the most shocking reaction to the film that you’ve heard of”.
Andrew Bucklow, of News.com.au, fired the Q at Dreyfuss, who had this to say in response:
“I have this thing where I say: ‘I’ve been asked everything about Jaws. If you can ask me a question I haven’t heard of I’ll pay you $10′,” Dreyfuss said.
“And that’s a question I’ve never heard and I owe you $10.”
Meet a legend of the silver screen and make ten bucks? That’s a pretty good day at work.
As for what the most shocking reaction Dreyfuss had heard of, he actually kept his response to one that originated Down Under.
“I have heard that in Australia, that funny country over there, that the [Jaws theme] music is used as a shark warning on the beaches,” he said.
When it was suggested that maybe that wasn’t quite on the mark, he responded, “Well, I’ve actually heard that from Australians and I would admit that if I was in the water and I heard [Jaws theme] coming out of the loudspeakers, I would get the hell out of there.”
The iconic score for Jaws won John Williams the 1975 Academy Award for Best Original Dramatic Score and it is unquestionably a masterpiece – as evidenced by the fact that even 43 years later, just humming those two notes will strike fear into the heart of any beachgoer.
But it’s worth noting that great white sharks are not actually brutal killing-machines and Peter Benchley – the author of the book on which Jaws was based – spent the last years of his life campaigning for sharks.
“I couldn’t write Jaws today,” he said, shortly before his death in 2006.
“The extensive new knowledge of sharks would make it impossible for me to create, in good conscience, a villain of the magnitude and malignity of the original.”