The Big Shark Attack Scene In Jaws Was A Real Shark Randomly Attacking The Set
Steven Spielberg's Jaws is infamous for the wildly expensive and dangerous animatronic sharks they were forced to use in place of the real deal. (Real sharks don't always hit their marks, you see. Also they eat their co-stars.) Robots, no matter how primitive, were the best option. But Spielberg forgot one important thing: When you're in the ocean, you don't get to decide when sharks show up. The sharks do.
During the climax of the film, our heroes are stranded on a boat that is slowly sinking, while the monstrous shark waits in the waters below. In a last act of defiance, oceanographer Hooper lowers himself into the water inside a shark-proof cage, intending to poison the beast. Clearly, this is the moment when Hooper gets turned into a fine red mist, right? That's how it goes in the novel, after all. And while the script also initially called for the death of Hooper, Spielberg reconsidered after seeing footage of a breakout performance. No, not by Richard Dreyfuss -- by a live shark.
Universal PicturesThe shark would later return to direct Jaws 3D.
While shark photographers filmed footage in Australia to give Spielberg a realistic underwater cage scene, a wild shark appeared and decided to try its hand (fin?) at the movie business. The shark pounded the hell out of the cage, eventually getting itself tangled in the cables. There was a problem: Neither Hooper or a dummy representing Hooper was in the cage while the shark was going ape in a mess of wires. The footage of a terrifying shark going bonkers was great, but unless Hooper was wearing an invisibility cloak, an empty cage messed up the narrative. So Spielberg rewrote the script, having Hooper swim away in time and thus survive the movie. Even better, he escaped the fate worse than death which claimed Roy Scheider: the sequels.
The Godfather's Cat Was A Stray Coppola Found Wandering The Set
At the beginning of The Godfather, Marlon Brando's Vito Corleone sits in his office granting wishes like a well-dressed genie who just came from the dentist. While a series of Italian goons come and pay their respects, Corleone sits idly, stroking a tiny cat. It's a boss move, and makes for an iconic scene. And it only happened because Francis Ford Coppola has a soft spot for strays.
Paramount Pictures"It meowed me an offer I couldn't refuse."