Steven Spielberg ‘really regrets’ shark population decline due to Jaws

Steven Spielberg said he “really regrets” the “declining shark population” following the success of his 1975 film Jaws.

Speaking to Lauren Laverne on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, he discussed his successful directing career, including his latest project – the semi-autobiographical film The Fabelmans.

Spielberg, 75, is best known for Hollywood blockbusters including ET, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park and Jaws.

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Spielberg’s latest film The Fabelmans tells the near-true story of his own childhood and his early filmmaking in postwar America (Yui Mok/PA)

The 1975 Oscar-winning horror film tells the story of a man-eating great white shark that attacks an American coastal town, prompting an increase in sport fishing across the United States.

When asked by Laverne how it feels to have real sharks circling his desert island, he said: “It’s one of the things I’m still afraid of.

“Not to be eaten by sharks, but those sharks were somehow angry with me for the frenzied feeding behavior of the frenzied sports fishermen that occurred after 1975.”

He added: “I truly and to this day regret the decline in shark populations because of the book and the movie. I really, really regret that.”

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Oscar-winning thriller tells the story of a great white man-eating shark that attacks a coastal town in the United States (Academy Museum of Motion Pictures/PA)

Spielberg’s latest film The Fabelmans tells the near-true story of his own childhood and early filmmaking in postwar America.

The film, starring Paul Dano and Michelle Williams, received critical acclaim, receiving top nominations at both the 2023 Golden Globe Awards and the Critics’ Choice Awards.

Discussing the making of the film, Spielberg admitted he initially thought the project would be “the most self-satisfying thing I’ve ever asked people to come with me”.

Describing it as “$40 million therapy,” he said: “I really don’t know what I’m doing, except that I’m meeting my needs.

I really and to this day regret the decline in shark populations because of the book and the movie. I really really regret that.Steven Spielberg

“As an orphan, or recently orphaned by the loss of both parents, to recapture some of those memories in a way that doesn’t seem too indulgent for actors I really respect. .

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So it’s been a tightrope for a while.

When asked by Laverne if he became emotional while filming, he replied: “Yes, I do. I did. Oh, my god, I did.

“Perhaps the biggest difficulty I have when making films is not being emotional. But there are times when it’s out of my control.

He said the project pushed his fear levels to the “roof”.

“I’m a public person, and I can’t hide someone else’s authorship or a book or a genre or American history,” he said.

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Steven Spielberg arrives at the UK premiere of War Horse, at Odeon Leicester Square (Ian West/PA)

“I can’t get into any really convenient bomb shelters and just get stuck with myself, right here talking to you.”

Spielberg added that it was “absolutely right” to consider him a “sentimental and nostalgic” person.

He added, “I think nostalgia is even more than affection, but I never get mad when I hear that unless someone says it ruined the drama for them…I don’t like it. that.”

More generally, he said the role of a filmmaker is not to “manipulate” audiences by playing with their emotions, although he admits to doing so himself with Jaws. and his 1982 supernatural horror film Poltergeist.

“A filmmaker should never manipulate an audience unless every scene has some sort of jack-in-the-box (scary moment). It’s manipulation,” he said.

“I did it a few times in Poltergeist and I certainly did it once in Jaws where the head came out of the hole. It’s okay, I confess that…

“Our job is to guide the audience to really form a better understanding of themselves through the stories we are telling.”

The full interview with Steven Spielberg on Desert Island Disc will air on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds on Sunday at 11am.

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