Finding Nemo Star ‘Bruce’ Killed In WA Shark Cull
February 03, 2014 Alan Smithee 31 Comments
The cast of Pixar’s Finding Nemo were left shattered this afternoon by the news that long-time colleague and fishy friend Bruce had succumb to injuries suffered at the hands of West Australia’s ongoing shark cull. Bruce, 32, was believed to have been enjoying a holiday with family at the time of the accident that witnesses described as horrific and tragic.
Chum, who played Bruce’s sidekick on the critically acclaimed 2003 animated film led a procession of emotional outpouring for the fallen star, taking to twitter to lament that “a pleasant shark and friend has passed on. Forever love you Bruce. RIP.”
Similarly a statement released by sea power couple Marlin and Dory, who met on the set of the film, described Bruce as “the most jolly, laidback colleague and friend we ever had the pleasure to work with. His tough persona belied a soft soul and constant jokester. We shall always love you Brucie.”
Bruce the Great White Shark began his career largely as an extra in live-action Shark Week documentaries until director Andrew Stanton surprised many with his casting in smash-hit Finding Nemo. The decision to cast Bruce, then an unknown dramatic actor fish into a major comedy role was a masterstroke, as Bruce’s portrayal of a dysfunctional shark leader propelled him to fame and success.
Forever the quiet family man, Bruce managed to stay away from the tabloids, concentrating his time with his dolphin wife Martha and their 89 bi-racial pups. In response to the incident, West Australian Premier Colin Barnett told The Strayan that “we regret the outcome, but there are plenty more fish in the sea.”