I think about it this way: “Jaws” is one of my favorite movies of all times. “Jaws” is an incredible action movie, but it’s also a big comedy. They don’t call it a comedy but there are multiple belly laughs in “Jaws.” You don’t think of it that way but the reason it works so well as a drama and an action movie is because you’re laughing at the same time. You’re invested in these characters, they’re human, they’re doing funny things and have funny reactions to things, so humor is part of it.
I remember reading an interview with [Steven] Spielberg, a great one back in Empire for a Jaws anniversary, where he was saying that Jim [Carrey] would be his choice for Chief Brodie [sic] were he shooting Jaws now.