Bruce Lives!

The last-surviving shark created from the original mold from Jaws has been restored and placed on display in an L.A. museum.

Over four decades after terrorising beachgoers in Jaws, the blockbuster movie’s shark model has been installed at Los Angeles’ long-awaited Oscars museum.

The 1,208 pound, 25-foot-long, 45-year-old shark, famous for being difficult to work with on the set of Steven Spielberg’s classic thriller, on Friday was hoisted up in the air above the main escalator of the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles.

It is the culmination of years of planning, including a seven-month restoration by special effects and makeup artist Greg Nicotero. The shark is expected to be a major draw for the museum, which plans to open its doors to the public next year.

The last of its kind, this particular Bruce was not one of the prop sharks actually shown in Jaws. The three mechanical sharks used for the production of the iconic movie were destroyed after filming had completed as the studio hadn’t foreseen the movie’s tremendous success.

Using the original mold, a fourth Bruce was crafted after Jaws turned out to be a blockbuster hit, and he would spend the next 15 years hanging outside of Universal Studios Hollywood for photo-ops for tourists. No other sharks were ever crafted using the same original mold.

The museum is billed as –

“the world’s premier institution dedicated to the art and science of movies,”

The museum will showcase some 13 million photographs, scripts, costumes and props including Judy Garland’s ruby slippers from The Wizard Of Oz and Bela Lugosi’s cape from Dracula.

The museum is due to open April 30th, 2021, although all indoor Los Angeles museums are currently closed due to Covid restrictions.