Lee Fierro and Jeffrey Voorhees were unknown actors when they played Mrs. Kintner and Alex Kintner in Steven Spielberg’s groundbreaking film. jaw. He spoke about his experience working on the film and shooting the horrific scene when Alex Kintner was killed by a shark.
‘Mrs. Kintner was not interested in the role of ‘Jaws’
Voorhees and Fierro share their experience in a 2005 interview Martha’s Vineyard Magazine. Fierro died of coronavirus (Covid-19) in 2020, but Voorhees still lives at Vineyard, which is where jaw was filmed. Fierro was a veteran actor who initially rejected the notion of participating in the film.
“I protested because I had been out of theater for many years and I was not interested in Jaws at all. I had read the book, but I couldn’t see anything in it for me,” she said. But the local casting director urged him to reconsider. So she auditioned for the role, thinking she would never get it.
“So I was surprised when two weeks later I got a call from Shari Rhodes that Steven Spielberg was on the island and wanted to see me,” she said. “I went downstairs and he asked me to improvise the beach scene with my son. Shari would play Alex and I had to keep him out of the water. I did exactly what Steven told me. And Shari tried Key and me tried to persuade him to go into the water, and I didn’t. And Steven finally stopped us and he said, ‘You have to let him in the water or we don’t have the movie.’”
‘Alex Kintner’ reveals the real reason he’s in ‘Jaws’
Voorhies recalled was primarily inspired by the $40 that was hanging in front of him for the role. “My friends and I were asked to sign up at Kelly House” [in Edgartown] And they’ll give you $40 a day,” he said. “We thought it was great. We were just kids, and so we flew there, and we all signed up and left. “
The $40 promise turned into “big money” for the Voorhees. “A few weeks later I got a call and they asked me if I could come down and read a few lines because they needed some speaking parts,” he said. “So I came downstairs with a friend of mine. We read a few lines. He said, ‘Okay, we’ll talk to you later.’”
“A week or so later we got a call asking if I would be Alex Kintner in the film,” he said. “He told me I’d get $138 a day. When you’re twelve, that’s a lot of money. So I said, ‘Sure, I’ll do that.’”
‘Jaws’ actors share how shark attack scene was shot
When it came time to actually film the horrific scene when Alex Kintner is murdered by a monstrous shark, Voorhees described the scene as nothing short of exhausting.
“We completed ‘Mom, can I go back to the water?’ And all that, ”said Voorhis. “After begging him, he let me in – to die. (Laughs.) And then I float on the raft and they say, ‘Bite.’ they took the raft out of my hands and then they had a raft that was cut in half and they had this thing that was full of blood, and all this stuff in the air, and they put half the raft on top of it And they said, Now lie down on it, and when it bursts, go under the water and stay under it as long as you can.’”
“So I lay on top of it and all of a sudden it’s gone, and I go under the water and come up after a while, and they say, ‘Bite! Your hand was out of the water. Do it again,’” ‘ He said. “And it’ll take, like, three hours to get all the blood clean. Finally, for the fifth time, they said, ‘Okay, this time we’re going to try something different. Two guys in wet suits And going underwater with the wind and they’ll catch you,’”
Fierro said, “Hey [Steven Spielberg] Didn’t do much. He actually left us alone until we did something he didn’t like. Spielberg used plenty of movie magic to punctuate the death without adding graphic material.
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