As Molly says to Roy “Tin Cup” McAvoy in the movie: “No one’s going to remember the Open 10 years from now, who won…but they’ll remember your 12! My, God, Roy, it was…Well, it’s immortal!”
Such is the now legendary performance of Left Shark, one of the backup dancers behind Katy Perry during the halftime show at the Super Bowl in 2015.
The dancer inside Left Shark has revealed his identity, and just exactly what it was that he was up to that day.
Bryan Gaw told NPR Left Shark involved some freedom of expression. “…there’s a set choreography,” he said. “There’s also what’s called free-style choreography, or, like, you get to move around or play your character as a dancer. … I’m in a 7-foot blue shark costume. There’s no cool in that. So what’s the other option? Well, I’m gonna play a different character.”
He says he chose to go with the classic underdog (not the superhero), an everyday, imperfect person…er, shark.
Whatever he was up to, Left Shark’s “free-style choreography” is immortal…like Roy McAvoy’s 12 on the 18th hole at the U.s. Open.