Spielberg’s Broken Shark and the Miracle of Jaws

Did you know that the mechanical shark in the infamous Steven Spielberg film, Jaws, was so faulty that they had to change their entire approach to the script? It’s a classic Hollywood legend. Jaws was problematically behind schedule and over budget. Furthermore, Spielberg was faced with a dilemma: an unrealistic shark isn’t scary and waiting for the motorized shark to work perfectly might ruin the production. So, the brilliant director solved his problem by finding the answer to this question:

What’s the only thing scarier than seeing a killer shark?

The only thing more terrifying is the idea of a shark in the water that you can’t see. Think about what you remember about Jaws. Most of the movie is suspenseful music and clever dramatic movement of buoys. There’s almost no detailed shark action. What was the result? Spielberg got his film made without needing to fix the busted mechanical shark and we got to enjoy a more thrilling film because of it! 

Why are we two paragraphs deep about a shark movie from 1975 on the DEUCE website? It seems like Spielberg capitalized on something we ought to know about ourselves. 

Our mind is often more terrifying than reality. 

Fear is a major impediment to taking the kind of action we need and want in our lives. I think it’s safe to say that far too much positive, vulnerable action is halted by, not just fear, but unfounded fear that lives only in our minds. 

Reminder: in life there are almost never killer sharks in the water.

12/15/22 WOD


Barbell Banded Bench Press

Complete 4 rounds for quality of:

10 Tate Presses
:60 Weighted Plank

Then, complete 5 rounds for time:

15 Double KB Swings (53/25)
1 Bull Run


In :60, perform the following for max reps:

Max D-Ball-to-Shoulder (150/90)

Complete 3 rounds for quality of:

8 DB Squats + 12 Continuous DB Jumps
15 GHD Hip Ext
200’ Rev Sled Drag (AHAP)

Then, complete the following for time:

80 Wall Balls (20/14)
400m Run
80 KB Swings (70/53)
400m Run