|Although producers asked Spielberg to tell well-known actors, he preferred to hire actors were not stars. Anonymous interpreters help wanted viewers to "believe that this was happening to people like you and I," while "the stars carry a lot of memories and those memories can sometimes corrupt the story ...". The director also added that in their plans' superstar would be the shark ". The first actors were hired Lorraine Gary , the wife of then president of Universal Sid Sheinberg , who would play Ellen Brody, and Murray Hamilton as Mayor of Amity Island. Susan Backlinie , formerly a stuntman , would give life to Chrissie, knowing swimming and was willing to undress. Most of the minor roles were played by people of the island Martha's Vineyard , where the film was shot. This was the case of Deputy Hendricks, played by Jeffrey Kramer , who later would become a television producer. |
A Robert Duvall was offered the role of Brody, but was only interested in portraying Quint. Charlton Heston expressed his desire to stay in this role, but Spielberg thought it was a star too well known to put a face to the police chief a modest town. Roy Scheider was also interested in the project after listening to Spielberg in a conversation at a party in which the director was talking about doing jumping the shark in a boat. At first it was Spielberg entirely convinced of hiring Scheider, because he feared a guy who played "too hard," similar to her character in The French Connection .
Nine days before filming began no actors for the roles of Quint and Hooper. A Lee Marvin and Sterling Hayden impersonate offered Quint, but both refused. Zanuck and Brown had just work with Robert Shaw in The Sting and proposed it to Spielberg. Shaw was reluctant to accept the character because he did not like Benchley's novel, but decided to tie the knot at the behest of his wife, the actress Mary Ure , and his secretary. Shaw based his interpretation on his co-star in Craig Kingsbury, a local fisherman, farmer and eccentric character she played in the film by Ben Gardner. Spielberg Kingsbury described as "the version Pure what, in my opinion, was Quint "and some of his phrases and comments were incorporated into the script in dialogue both as Quint Gardner.
For the role of Hooper, Spielberg initially sought to Jon Voight , but also shuffled the names of Timothy Bottoms , Joel Grey and Jeff Bridges . The friend of the director, George Lucas , he suggested to Richard Dreyfuss , with whom he had worked in American Graffiti . This actor turned down the role initially, but changed his mind after seeing the movie The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, who starred in and had just finished filming. Disappointed with their own interpretation and fearful that no one would hire him after it was released, immediately called Spielberg and accepted the role in Jaws. Because the film that the director had envisioned was very different from the book it was based, Spielberg asked him not to read