Kicker – Honoring Bruce

NICK EICHER, HOST: The Academy of Motion Pictures is honoring the star of a series of classic movies with a new exhibit at its museum in Los Angeles. 

If you’re over 40, chances are you’ve seen him on the silver screen. We’ll give you a hint. His name is Bruce. 

Big Bruce delivered where it counts—at the box office, but he was a bit of a pain to work with.  

In a 1981 interview, director Steven Spielberg said the biggest issue was that Bruce didn’t like salt water!

SPIELBERG: At the press of a hydraulic button and pulling a lever back, supposedly the shark comes shooting out of the water head first. 

Which is terrifying and now Bruce the mechanical shark—the star of the Jaws franchise—all 25 horrifying feet of him—now at the museum of the Academy. His jagged smile on permanent display.

The mere thought of him a reminder of how many beach vacations he spoiled.

It’s The World and Everything in It.

(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) A man looks at a fiberglass replica of Bruce, the shark featured in Steven Spielberg’s classic 1975 film “Jaws,” after it was raised into a suspended position for display at the new Academy of Museum of Motion Pictures, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. 

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