This is not the first time I have used this headline or something similar and I know for sure it won't be the last. Richard Dreyfuss has again shown why he has very few bridges left on which to walk in Hollywood. Next year is the 35th anniversary of Jaws and so there are going to be lots of celebrations and promotional stuff for the movie. All of the surviving original cast has agreed to help out and promote the movie except for Richard. It seems that Richard only wants to help if he is paid lots and lots of money to do so.
In an interview with the NY Post he said, "They asked me to come do the anniversary of Jaws. I said, 'No'. They said, 'Well, it's the anniversary.' 'Yeah it's the anniversary of you making a lot of money. And now you are going to make a lot more money. When are you going to make me an offer I can participate in?'"
Now, I am not going to begrudge someone the opportunity to make money. Everyone wants to make money. At the same time however, I think Richard should think about his reputation in Hollywood and the last time he generated any positive publicity for himself. Second, I think he should take a long look in the mirror and wonder what his career would have been without Jaws. It is because of that movie that he was ultimately able to earn millions upon millions of dollars for doing absolutely nothing but standing in front of a camera.
I'm going to take a shot in the dark and say that if it had not been for Jaws in 1975, Richard probably would not have got the lead in Close Encounters and instead would have been doing lots and lots of theatre and lots of smaller roles which he had been doing prior to getting Jaws. So what if the producers made a lot of money. They also took all the risk when they made the movie. If Jaws had lost $50M, I doubt Richard would have been lining up to help pay back some of his salary. Sometimes you have to celebrate something for things other than money and be a good person which of course is something Richard has shown he knows nothing about.