Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Sic Transit Gloria Mundi, Of Course

The inspiration for Robert Shaw's character in Jaws has died, apparently with his boots off.

"It was the funniest and the stupidest movie I’ve ever seen, because too many stupid things happened in it," Mundus's website says. How true, how true, of course; certainly, if I'd directed the flick, I wouldn't have fed a Luscious Babe to the shark at the very outset. And the whole sequence was so poorly lit, too!

But what gives me an all-overish feeling reading this obit is finding out that Mundus had set up a website that discussed Jaws, as if, for the past thirty years, he's gone mad pursuing Benchley's tale, like Ahab hunting the Great White Whale.

Sometimes, Life imitates Art. Sometimes, Art irritates Life.


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