Bruce was the nickname that was given to the main shark prop that was used in Steven Spielberg’s Jaws. Bruce is the only surviving shark prop from the 1975 movie and now it has been restored for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
According to THR, Bruce has been “fully transformed.” The only details awaiting to be added are eyes and teeth. You can see photos of the various stages of the restoration below thanks to special effects artist Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead). It was his team at studio KNB EFX, and the Academy Museum conservation team that brought Bruce back to life.
Just in time for the 44th anniversary of #Jaws (1975)…🦈
An update on Bruce the shark's restoration! Special effects legend @G_Nicotero, his studio KNB EFX, and the #AcademyMuseum conservation team have fully transformed this undersea giant.
Photos by Greg Nicotero. pic.twitter.com/np2SEzPkld
— Academy Museum of Motion Pictures (@AcademyMuseum) June 20, 2019
There are lots of behind-the-scenes stories of the making of Jaws and how the production was troubled with issues, most of those problems came from the mechanical sharks regularly malfunctioning. I can only imagine that seeing this Shark again after all these years would bring back the frustrations and panic attacks that Spielberg must have encountered while shooting the movie!
Before Bruce ended up in the museum, it was displayed at a junkyard after the studio scrapped it in 2016. Thankfully, the shark is now being taken care of with proper attention.
Academy Museum of Motion Pictures opens the museum after the 92nd Academy Awards on in 2020. So we’ve to wait for a while.