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These 20 Little-Known Facts About 'Jaws' May Surprise You

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11. An explosive finale

The book ends with the monstrous shark dying of blood loss in the water. Writer Peter Benchley was so emphatically against Steven Spielberg’s decision to instead blow up the shark that the director had him removed from the set.

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12. Absent leader

Despite greenlighting the exploding shark scene, Spielberg actually did not direct it. At the time it was filmed, Speilberg had already left the set to begin the movie’s post production, leaving the shot to his second unit.

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13. “Jaws” ‘stalked’ Spielberg

Stressed out by the film shoot’s many technical setbacks, Spielberg took to sleeping with a stalk of celery under his pillow. Supposedly, the aroma had a calming effect. It didn’t stop the director from experiencing a panic attack following production, though.

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14. Shooting stars

The film’s production wasn’t completely filled with bad luck. During a scene in which Brody searches for the shark in the water, a beautiful meteor can be seen flying by in the night sky. Spielberg was fortunate enough to capture the moment.

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15. Good acting

Another iconic Brody moment is when the character delivers the line, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat,” with a cigarette dangling from his lips. According to writer Carl Gottlieb, actor Roy Scheider improvised this line.

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