Trivia / Jaws 2

  • B-Team Sequel: The studio asked Steven Spielberg to return to the director's chair, but he was completely against the idea of a sequel. He did start to warm up to the idea later, but by then, he had another movie on his plate.
  • Dawson Casting: Done with the teenagers.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Marc Gilpin (Sean Brody) claims that when they were shooting one of the scenes on the makeshift raft of wrecked yachts, they were being circled by a real hammerhead shark. All the actors were scared and began to scream and holler at the production crew who were filming that particular scene from a distance. The crew were oblivious to the danger and assumed the actors were simply 'in character' and gave them the thumbs up!
  • Money, Dear Boy: Roy Scheider's main reason for agreeing to appear in this film, along with clearing a contract dispute with the studio.
  • Recycled Script: The plot is largely a retread of the first film's, with the addition of a group of teenagers.
  • Throw It In!: David Elliott (who played Larry Vaughn, Jr.) claims to have improvised the line "She has tits like a sparrow." He said Donna Wilkes (Jackie) graciously forgave him for it, but he later remarked "I wish those words never left my mouth."
  • Troubled Production: Besides further difficulties with weather and malfunctioning sharks, there was considerable behind-the-scenes turmoil. Original director John Hancock was fired early into the production; the studio then considered bringing Steven Spielberg back. Spielberg waffled, eventually deciding to make Close Encounters of the Third Kind instead. Jeannot Szwarc ultimately took over. Roy Scheider reprised his role as Brody only to fulfill a contract obligation with Universal. He demanded a $500,000 base salary plus overtime pay, constantly feuding with Szwarc and threatening to walk off the set. The script was revised several times during filming. Protests by locals over unwelcome publicity forced the production to move from Martha's Vineyard to Navarre Beach, Florida. Ironically, several actors were menaced by real sharks while filming the climactic boat scenes. It ended up costing $30,000,000, making it Universal's most expensive film up to then.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Spielberg's movie would have been a prequel focusing on Quint's time on the USS Indianapolis.
    • Matt Hooper was supposed to appear in the film, but Richard Dreyfuss was occupied.
    • John Frankenheimer and Otto Preminger were considered to direct.
    • John Hancock was brought on as the director for the first few months of filming. His film was more somber than the final product, depicting Amity Island as a run-down ghost town still trying to recover from the loss of business following the attacks in the first film. Hancock hoped that this would allow for meaningful character development for Brody and any other returning characters, but he was kicked off the film when he refused the demands of then president of Universal Pictures, Sidney Sheinberg, to lighten the film's tone and give Ellennote  a bigger role in the climax.
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