JAWS the shark named Bruce.

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ob1al

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Originally posted by BAlinger15@Feb 8 2006, 11:07 PM
Very cool.  So does someone have any specific info on this?  Where did the guy get it, is it def from the original molds, potentially screen used, etc... History??

-Brandon
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There used to be a website kicking around, a 'Save Bruce' type of thing with lots of background info and images, I've googled it but not managed to relocate it.
 

acerocket

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Hey, that's like 2 miles North of where I work. And you aint kidding about needing some artillery.
 

kurtyboy

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Rubber Lewis guns? I paid for a Rubber Lewis gun nearly a year ago.... still haven't seen it :lol

Originally posted by slave1pilot@Feb 8 2006, 05:55 PM
I have these;


Not that a bunch of rubber guns would do us any good.
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slave1pilot

Sr Member
Originally posted by kurtyboy@Feb 8 2006, 03:50 PM
Rubber Lewis guns? I paid for a Rubber Lewis gun nearly a year ago.... still haven't seen it :lol
I'm sorry, that was before my time. :confused
don't know what happened there.
 

CTF

Sr Member
Old thread, I know...

Well, here's the junkyard - not sure that I can spot Bruce though:

He's in between the trees. :D

When you visit Amblin there's a Shark's head in the well near the lobby. Not sure if it's a used one - but it's big from what I remember.
Nah, I've got a pal [who visits Amblin all the time] that took photos for me -- a big no-no -- which shows that thing. It really is like a cartoon. But then again, so is the shark on the tour. That thing has carrots for teeth! :unsure
 

GuntahKela

Sr Member
I thought I read somewhere that the shark at the Universal backlot tour was cast of the movie shark molds, with the modifications, over the years, to make it look more menacing, like the carrot teeth.

Anyone seen the documentary "The shark is still working"?

http://www.myspace.com/tsiswmovie
 

CTF

Sr Member
I thought I read somewhere that the shark at the Universal backlot tour was cast of the movie shark molds, with the modifications, over the years, to make it look more menacing, like the carrot teeth.

Anyone seen the documentary "The shark is still working"?

http://www.myspace.com/tsiswmovie
Nah, pretty sure that the shark on the tour is a copy of Brucette...? So a couple of generations from the original. :)

Less than 100 people have seen that. And I ain't one of 'em! :angry
 

yakcam

Sr Member
I had one a long time ago, I'll see if I can find it. Hopefully it's not on some old, dead hard drive.

Cheers,

Kraig
 

yakcam

Sr Member
Well, that was easier to find than I thought it would be...



I'm not sure who to credit for the photo, I got it a few years ago.

Cheers,

Kraig
 

ob1al

Sr Member
This is the LAST remaining copy made from the molds of the original shark. It's not screen used, but as it's the last surviving copy from the original molds, it's the closest thing left to the original screen used sharks.

He used to hang at the Visitor's area at Universal Studios in Hollywood. They replaced him with a mako looking shark. He now sits in the junkyard about 5 miles north of Universal Studios.

I have it from reliable sources that the owner will not sell and he's not budging. Greg Nicotero offered him big $$ for it also and he declined.

People pay money to go into the yard to see the shark, it's also been filmed for various TV shows...so the owner knows what he's got there.
 

ob1al

Sr Member
AFAIK, Universal were throwing it away when they brought in the new, innacurate display shark. The JY owner rescued it before it was dumped.

I think it's fiberglass with a rubber outer skin, or possibly just painted fiberglass. It's the outer layer which is peeling away, the fg structure itself should be very weatherproof. The teeth are just plywood make-do's someone has thrown in there, not acurate at all.
 

ob1al

Sr Member
Yeah, according to the current owner the shark was sitting in the Universal backlot waiting for the dumpster or the sledgehammer when it was offered to him.
 

ob1al

Sr Member
Some great footage of the original Bruce (made from the same molds as the JY shark pictured above) during prep for the filming of JAWS - these were posted by my friend Jimmyjawz over on www.thejawsboard.com:

http://www.absolutelywildvisuals.com/Shark-Great-White-Sharks-Ron-and-Valerie-Taylor-stock-footage-15796-841528-120-60.aspx

http://www.absolutelywildvisuals.com/Jaws-Filming-stock-footage-11454-841528-0-60.aspx

http://www.absolutelywildvisuals.com/Jaws-Filming-stock-footage-11455-841528-0-60.aspx

http://www.absolutelywildvisuals.com/Jaws-Filming-stock-footage-11456-841528-0-60.aspx

http://www.absolutelywildvisuals.com/Jaws-Filming-stock-footage-11457-841528-0-60.aspx

http://www.absolutelywildvisuals.com/Jaws-Filming-stock-footage-11458-841528-0-60.aspx

http://www.absolutelywildvisuals.com/Jaws-Filming-stock-footage-11459-841528-0-60.aspx

http://www.absolutelywildvisuals.com/Jaws-Filming-stock-footage-11460-841528-0-60.aspx

http://www.absolutelywildvisuals.com/Jaws-Filming-stock-footage-11461-841528-0-60.aspx

http://www.absolutelywildvisuals.com/Jaws-Filming-stock-footage-11462-841528-0-60.aspx

http://www.absolutelywildvisuals.com/Jaws-Filming-stock-footage-11463-841528-0-60.aspx

http://www.absolutelywildvisuals.com/Jaws-Filming-stock-footage-11464-841528-0-60.aspx

http://www.absolutelywildvisuals.com/Jaws-Filming-stock-footage-11465-841528-0-60.aspx

The original Bruce was a very singular shark with specific, recognisable features, unlike the sharks used in the sequels. Notice the heavy jowls at the sides of his mouth, in particular - this is one of the unique features of the original Bruce shark.

Al

PS - 3,000 posts - wow...
 

Jon8712

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Here's a recent picture of Bruce from when we visited him in August.

The story we've heard is that his escape from Universal was not so legit, and Universal may be seeking to "re-capture" him...

Art
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