Roy ScheiderHis life was full of accolades. His acting talents were universally appreciated, including his memorable role as Martin Brody. Jaws made him a pop culture icon. Fans and critics were both devastated by his death at 75. He was unable to complete his last film.
‘Beautiful Blue Eyes’Roadblock after roadblock
Scheider’s last film role was that of a Holocaust survivor, who sought revenge on the Nazi soldier who had killed his family. Scheider had already been nominated for two academy Awards. He hoped the film would win. Beautiful blue eyes(also called Iron CrossHe would be awarded an Oscar if he could finally do so.
Scheider and his production team spent two years filming in Poland. Scheider booked a plane to fly home the day before Scheider left set. Scheider arrived late at the set because production had moved to Germany. He only had 45 minutes before he was forced to leave.
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It wasn’t until after Scheider was gone that director Joshua Newton made a devastating discovery: The camera hadn’t worked properly, and the footage was unusable. Scheider was already across the Atlantic, so the issue of reshoots was uncertain. Before Scheider could make arrangements to return to Germany, his multiple myeloma—a rare form of bone marrow cancer—had relapsed.
“No one realized how ill Roy was, but we knew he wasn’t well enough to travel so we planned to move the set to him in America,” Newton later recalled. “But almost at the moment that the truck arrived in America, we heard the dreadful news that Roy had died. It was devastating because he was such a special man and we had a particular bond.”
Newton Tried to Save The Movie
After mourning the devastating loss, Newton tried to finish the movie so audiences could see Scheider’s final work. He tried filming with prosthetic and silicone masks of Scheider’s face, but they all paled in comparison to the real thing. Scheider’s face was something he considered, but SFX was too expensive.
So, Beautiful Blue EyesIt sat on the shelves for many years. This was before the pandemic lockdown. Scheider found a new technology that could be used to repair damaged film 15 years after the movie was made. “The AI technology was now finally available to restore the damage,”He stated. “It not only got rid of the streaks like an eraser, but I used it across the film and it now looks like a brand-new movie. It is like magic.”
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MovieFarm distributed the film, which has been completely restored, to cinemas throughout the country. Finally, fans can see Scheider’s final role on the big screen.
“He put so much effort into this film, and I am pleased that we can finally honor him by showing it properly in all of its glory,” Newton declared. “There is no actor who was quite like Roy, who merged that gravitas with the coolness. He was brilliant at exploring the emotional pain that the character suffered. I miss him. I think people will connect with the story and I hope that they think we’ve done Roy proud.”