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'I still can't walk from a beach into the water' - JAWS star Dreyfuss reveals how the film affected him

Published 18/02/2014 | 20:02

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JAWS star Richard Dreyfuss has revealed that the movie terrified him so much that he still won’t walk off a beach and into the water.

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He was speaking tonight at Dublin’s Mansion House after it was transformed into the sleepy and washed up town of Amity for an interactive screening of Spielberg’s 1975 classic film.

Mr Dreyfuss, who played the part of marine biologist Matt Hooper, attended the screening with his wife Svetlana and said the film had a lasting impression on him.

“The fact is, when I first saw the film, it scared the hell out of me,” he said.

"I forgot I was in it. To this day, I won't walk off the beach into the water. I will however, scuba.

"I love Dublin. I was last here playing Fagin in 1997,” he added.

Filmmaker Jim Sheridan also attended the screening and presented Dreyfuss with a Volta Lifetime Achievement award.

Tuesday 19 February 2014. Mansion House. Jameson Cult Film Club presents Jaws with actor Richard and Svetlana (wife) Dreyfuss in attendance.
Jameson Cult Film Club presents Jaws with actor Richard and Svetlana (wife) Dreyfuss in attendance (Photo: www.doug.ie)
Actor Richard Dreyfuss  with fan Susan Vickers  tonight attended the exclusive Jameson Cult Film Club screening of the 1975 Spielberg classic, JAWS at The Mansion House ,Dublin 
 
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Actor Richard Dreyfuss with fan Susan Vickers tonight attended the exclusive Jameson Cult Film Club screening of the 1975 Spielberg classic, JAWS at The Mansion House ,Dublin Pictures:Brian McEvoy
Actor Richard Dreyfuss with fan Susan Vickers when he attended the exclusive Jameson Cult Film Club screening of the 1975 Spielberg classic, JAWS at The Mansion House ,Dublin 
 
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Actor Richard Dreyfuss with fan Susan Vickers when he attended the exclusive Jameson Cult Film Club screening of the 1975 Spielberg classic, JAWS at The Mansion House ,Dublin Pictures:Brian McEvoy

"He's an outstanding actor and a ball of energy," Sheridan said.

Sheridan had several casting suggestions if the film was to be re-made.

"I know a good few Irish lawyers who could play the shark,” he joked.

“One look at them and they'd terrify you."

Sheridan also dismissed the Oscars as 'boring'.

"Everyone knows whose going to win. There's no excitement left," he said.

Guest and movie buffs were greeted by amateur actors who recreated well known scenes from the film and ran around screaming ‘Don’t go in the water!’

After the screening, Dreyfuss took part in a Q&A hosted by 2fm’s Rick O’Shea and chatted about the on-set camaraderie and his rise to fame in the 1970s.

"There are more on set stories about Jaws then any other movie. The shark didn't work, it was a tough shoot," he said.

The star is also promoting his new movie Cas & Dylan where he plays a terminally ill doctor. The movie is directed by Jason Priestly of Beverly Hills 90210 fame.

In 1978, Dreyfuss picked up an Oscar for his role in The Goodbye Girl and festival director Grainne Humphreys said it was an honour to welcome him to the 12th annual Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.

"Richard is an iconic figure in American Cinema, contributing to such classics as American Graffiti, Close Encounters of a Third Kind and of course Jaws."

"He has always played men of passionate idealism and has brought curiosity and humour to his many screen roles. It’s an honour and delight to welcome him to Dublin,” she said.

Now in its fourth year, the Jameson Cult Film Club is bringing the experience on the road, with plans for screenings in Cork and Galway in 2014.

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