Steven Spielberg, movie legend, is not satisfied with the repercussion of the classic Tubarões on the marine ecosystem🇧🇷 In an interview with the BBC’s Desert Island Discs podcast, the filmmaker lamented the impact of the film on shark communities and revealed that he understands the criticism of eco-activist groups, who point to narrative misconceptions about the aggressive and vindictive behavior of these animals.
Since the late 1980s, the 1976 Best Picture Oscar nominee has been the target of conservationists for his controversial remarks about animal violence. According to Spielberg, the project started a “crazy sport fisherman’s feeding frenzy”, with records from the Florida Program for Shark Research indicating a 50% reduction in the shark population along the east coast of North America and a deficit of 79 % in the northwest Atlantic Ocean between the years 1986 and 2000.
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One of the film’s most vocal critics, author Peter Benchley believes that the feature film presented a false representation of sharks. He claims that carnivorous fish do not hold grudges against humans and do not hunt them across the seas in search of revenge. Thus, Steven Spielberg saw an opportunity to share his point of view and prove to be on the side of those who suggest such considerations.
“That’s one of the things I’m still afraid of. Not being eaten by a shark, but that the sharks are somehow mad at me for the feeding frenzy of crazy sport fishermen that happened after 1975”, replies the director, when asked about the changes in ecosystems. “I truly, to this day, regret the decimation of the shark population because of the book and film. I really and genuinely regret it.”
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Despite the criticism, Tubarões was a true commercial and in relation to the names of the film industry. The film was nominated for four Oscar statuettes and maintains an impressive 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, being certified with the Fresh seal and being on the main must-watch long lists.