Almost half a century after terrorizing bathers in Jaws, the model of the shark of almost 8 meters in length has joined the long-awaited Academy of Oscars in Los Angeles, we learned on November 23.
“Bruce the Shark”, which is said to have been named after director Steven Spielberg’s lawyer Bruce Ramer, now hovers nine meters from the floor of the 3rd floor of the museum, which is due to open on April 30, 2021.
The fiberglass marine predator is the last version created for the filming of the cult 1975 film. Its jaws of more than a meter and a half wide do not pass the doors of the museum elevator, it was necessary to pass through the model through a window, using a crane.
“This is the end of a long journey for Bruce since his acquisition in 2016 and we couldn’t be happier to welcome him to his new home.”, said museum president Bill Kramer.
– Academy Museum of Motion Pictures (@AcademyMuseum) November 23, 2020
Weighing more than half a ton, “Bruce” is so far the most imposing object of the collection of the museum of the Oscars, which will also include, among others, the famous red pumps of Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz or the Dracula cloak worn by Bela Lugosi in the 1931 film.
It took nearly a century for the idea of this museum dedicated to the 7th art to see the light of day, and the building designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, due to open its doors in 2017, was behind schedule.