"You're going to need a bigger boat". It's an iconic scene from a groundbreaking film. And this particular line has become a classic metaphor. Jaws was one of the most memorable movies of the 1970s. It also held the highest grossing spot until it was supplanted by Star Wars.
Roy Scheider was an excellent actor (nominated for two Academy Awards, a BAFTA Award, and a Golden Globe Award) and Steven Spielberg is incredibly gifted (winning two Academy Awards for best director - and he's also the highest grossing director of all time) - but they got a crucial part of this scene wrong.
What emotion(s) does Scheider's face convey?
To slice this expression even thinner, Scheider's eyelids are mildly closed here - which is completely incongruent with fear or surprise.
Captain Brody would have never kept that cigarette in his mouth either. The dynamics of the mouth and lips during fear or surprise would not have allowed it.
If, with respect to human nature and context, this moment would have been accurately directed and acted, we would have first seen surprise - rapidly replaced by a fear expression. Here Scheider shows neither.
When the body language doesn't match the scene in a film we call it bad acting. But when the nonverbal behavior is disparate from the words or vocal qualities in the real word - other alarm bells should be sounded.
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