jaw Actors Lee Fierro and Jeffrey Voorhees who played Alex and Mrs. Kintner shared that they continued to receive recognition, but also received some pretty wild fan requests – years after the film premiered in 1975.
The character Alex Kintner (Vooorhees) is tragically murdered by a mega-shark during an unfortunate day at the beach. Angry and holding Chief Brody accountable (played by Roy Scheider) the child’s mother (Fiero) has an iconic scene where she slaps Brody in the face on his way back from town. The actors may have had small roles in the film, but their impact was lasting.
What wild requests have fans made?
Voorhies, who still lives in Martha’s Vineyard, where the film was shot, recalled that a fan wanted to pay her to visit their daughter. I got a call from this Washington gentleman on Wharf who says, ‘I’m not crazy. I know you were in that movie Jaws and my daughter loved that movie and I’ll give you $400 if you meet my daughter,’” Voorhees said Martha’s Vineyard Magazine in 2005. Voorhees manages a local pub in the town of Edgartown and is still recognized today.
Fierro was asked to recreate his famous slap – on total strangers. “Young people come to me and they want me to slap them. Last summer I did it for the last time,” she shared. Voorhees, who joined him for the interview, asked if he had actually slapped people.
“I said no more,” she replied. Fierro died in 2020.
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Voorhies and Fierro were islanders and so were most of the film’s extras. Co-producer David Brown explains why filmmakers ended up making horror films on the island. “We looked around,” he said. “We went to the Hamptons and we found that sharks roaming around the Hamptons would be welcomed by residents because it would keep tourists away. . . . . ”
“After a search that included several other locations, we settled in the Vineyard, and we settled there for 159 days,” he recalled. “Many of our crew married island girls. We became part of the community. That was our home. [Steven] Spielberg went a little stir-crazy. At the end of the shoot, he wanted to escape by diving off the island. And he did very well. He flew back to California as soon as possible. I don’t think he’s ever returned, but he might.”
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Hotelier Bob Carroll made some cool coins jaw The crew, plus he snag more than just money. “They said they were coming for five weeks and they needed 50 rooms,” he recalled. “They stayed for five months and had about 100 rooms, which was absolutely amazing. I was on the verge of bankruptcy and they saved my life. I made a ton of money that year.”
He was also privy to some very intense Hollywood gossip. He also managed to land a role in the film. “It was a lot of fun for all of us, but you know something, I’m not going to be a full-time actor,” he said. “It’s the most boring job. We did a scene thirty-six or thirty-eight times, and it never appeared in the movie. I understand they’re either drunk or spoilers or there’s something wrong with a lot of them, because It’s boring as hell.”
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