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Thursday 22 March 2018

'Jaws' star Dreyfuss in Close Encounter with film fans

Richard Dreyfuss with fan Susan Vickers at The Mansion House
Richard Dreyfuss with fan Susan Vickers at The Mansion House
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

'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.

He was speaking last night at Dublin's Mansion House after it was transformed into the sleepy town of Amity for an interactive screening of Steven Spielberg's 1975 classic.

Dreyfuss, who played the part of marine biologist Matt Hooper, attended 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 and presented Dreyfuss with a Volta Lifetime Achievement award. "He's an outstanding actor and a ball of energy," Sheridan said.

Actor/director Jason Priestly;
Actor/director Jason Priestly;

Sheridan had several casting suggestions if the film was to be remade. "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 who's going to win. There's no excitement left," he said.

But Sheridan doubts Michael Fassbender will pick up the Oscar for Best Supporting actor. "I think Jared Leto is going to win," he predicted.

"Michael is always in very edgy material – its harder to win in that material."

As for U2 who are competing for the award for best original song, Jim said: "I think it's 50-50. They will kill me for saying this. That 'Let it Go' from Frozen – everyone loved that song."

Guests and movie buffs were greeted by amateur actors who recreated 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. "There are more on set stories about Jaws then any other movie," he said. "The shark didn't work, it was a tough shoot," he explained.

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'."

Irish Independent

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