Monday, February 11, 2008

Hail to the Chief


After more than 30 years, Jaws remains one of my all-time favorite movies.

It's just a classic in every sense of the word, a near-flawless display of exhilarating storytelling highlighted by performances that are absolutely believable; you care about the fates of the characters because there isn't a second that you aren't wholly invested in each of them.

Particularly, Chief Martin Brody -- the all-too-human everyman, the audience's surrogate -- played to perfection by Roy Scheider.

Yesterday, Scheider died at the age of 75.

I can say without fear of contradiction that he'll be sorely missed.

He could play passionate and bombastic, he could play modest and vulnerable.

He could do anything -- he was the chief of police.

15 comments:

Jayne said...

aww... now Roy can join my boyfriend Jonathan Brandis in the great big SeaQuest in the sky...

Chez said...

My wife everyone.

She knows Albert Finney as Daddy Warbucks in Annie.

VOTAR said...

I don't know.

It was no Blue Thunder. But few could be.

Chez said...

JAFO.

Al said...

I always wanted to see Blue Thunder go up against Airwolf....Jan-Michael Vincent vs. Roy Scheider in a rotor-a-rotor battle to the death. Won't happen.

Damn shame.

benji said...

JJ Abrams gave a talk for TED and he talks about jaws. he shows a clip that is one of my fav parts of that film (and a great roy schneider moment as well). also, abrams is an interesting speaker.

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/205

RottweilerTOM said...

EXACTLY...I like me in one of Grisham's movies, playing some cold-hearted money grubbing Insurance Ex. I forget the title cause it's one of Grisham's movies

B said...

I was sad to hear the news, he was in two of my three favorite movies (Jaws, The French Connection). He was vastly underrated, and I agree, he will be missed.

-B

lakelady said...

Jaws great, yes. For me it's his brilliance in "All That Jazz" that was the best. Yes, he will be missed.

Adam said...

Captain Nathan Bridger will always be my personal favorite. While I can't speak to much on his CV beyond Jaws and SeaQuest, I can say that I don't ever recall being disappointed when Roy Scheider made an appearance.

Semi-related, imagine the further depths of my personal sadness when Jane's post alerted me five years late that Jonathan Brandis was also in the great beyond. I will admit without shame that I love Sidekicks with every remaining piece of my 11-year old psyche and further that Lucas Wolenczak (along with Wesley Crusher) conspired to create the computer geek that stands here today.

If, someday, I find it in my purview to help create a device that allows people to speak to dolphins, either by my wits or by any measure of my support, I will drive that project to fruition, and when I stand before science and the assembled peoples of all nations I will proclaim that "Beneath the surface lies the future." Hopefully somewhere, whether in this life or the next, the cast and crew of SeaQuest DSV will realize in their way that they changed the world.

Jayne said...

Another SeaQuest fan! See, honey, I'm not alone in the world!

I know- isn't it tragic? I couldn't help thinking that if only he had opened my fan letter from 14 years ago, he would not have chosen to go the way that he had. Of course, my marriage is more secure now because he did...

My childhood best friend and I, ever the pre-teen fangirls that we once were, drank a toast to Jonathan five years ago, and she was the first person that I called when I heard about Roy.

I think I still have my SQ DSV hat somewhere... :)

Chez said...

I love you baby.

Even though Peter DeLuise played a fish-boy on that show if I remember correctly.

kanye said...

He could do anything -- he was the chief of police.

I know the line, but the way you dropped it in there...it almost sounds like you're talking about somebody else.

Milo Johnson said...

We're gonna need a bigger boat...

Adam said...

It was the OTHER DeLuise (Michael) that played the morally-flexible Aquaman. Peter DeLuise was the genetically engineered super-soldier with a heart of gold (and the rockin' face tattoo).

I have the first season of DSV on DVD proudly displayed beside my TV, but I never got a hat. If my envy were manifest, it would be stealing this hat even now.

When I was a young lad, through a complex sequence of freak occurrences involving tourists from Massachusetts, I exchanged a couple of pen-pal letters with, deep breath now, BOB BALLARD. I liked to picture him walking off the set of SeaQuest after a hard day of consulting and sitting down next to the Titanic (don't tread on my dream) and piecing together a great letter about the latest Alvin/Jason developments and the newest measure of awesome in underwater archaeology.

Also, apologies for the misspelling, Jayne with a y.