Steven Spielberg feared sacking as ‘Jaws’ director

Washington: Hollywood director, Steven Spielberg would forever be indebted to his mentor Sid Sheinberg as had it not been for Universal Studios executive, Speilberg would have been fired form the movie ‘Jaws’.

The Filmmaker has revealed that the threat of being sacked hung over the set of the 1975 shark disaster movie, especially when costs escalated after the director chose to film at sea, rather than in a water tank, but the movie mogul insisted his young visionary should be allowed to complete the movie, which is now a classic.

“(The producers) didn’t warn me to threaten me or intimidate me - they just said, ‘Is there anything you can do with the script, with the schedule, to avert a shutdown?’ and I didn’t have anything to do, because I couldn’t cut the third act out of Jaws,” Contactmusic quoted him as telling the Entertainment Weekly magazine.

“I had to keep moving forward, and the schedule was dictated by the mechanical shark and by the weather conditions.

“Every time there was an intention to replace me, Sid stepped in quietly behind the scenes and stopped it,” he added.


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