Jaws Easter Egg - Author Cameo + Midgets

Know the bit where the reporter is going on about Amity Island and the shark? The person is PETER BENCHLEY, who wrote the novel "Jaws".
On another note, in the book (and a draft of the script) Hooper dies, but because of reasons concerning midgets, giant sharks, weak cages and low air supply - the scene was never filmed.

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Contributed By: Milnest*r on 12-06-1999
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Milnest*r writes:
I guess i should explain a little more. Footage was shot of a small person in a small cage with a regular shark - to make the shark look bigger. However, smaller people still require the same amount of oxygen in their air, but the air tanks had to be shrunk down too, so there wasn't enough air to do proper shots. Just After they gave up shooting the cage was destroyed. (that shot was used)
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movie man writes:
they changed the script to hooper surviving because at one point of filming, a great white attacked the empty cage and got caught, so it began thrashing dramatically, so they kept the film... the scene where he gets outta the cage and the shark tears at it empty is real and it really was stuck
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Midgets is easy. Use your imagination. A little person in a shark cage makes a shark look much larger.
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Demonhawk writes:
Rooster is right, for several scenes they used a midget in a small shark cage with a real shark to get the shot correct. After all, they couldn't control the huge mechanical shark well enough to make it do everything they needed! :-)
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Jeff Curry writes:
I think the reason is that while they where filming with no-one in the cage, the biggest shark got trapped on the rope. So it looked like it was attacking the cage. And hence they had great footage, but there was no-one in the cage, thus they made it that hooper escapes.
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guitar god writes:
I'm sorry, but what does the midgets comment mean?
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