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Trivia - Casting Auditions / Offers

- For Dr. Alan Grant: Harrison Ford (offered & declined); William Hurt (offered & declined); Dylan McDermott (auditoned); Tom Sizemore (auditoned); Richard Dreyfuss (considered).

- For Dr. Ellie Sattler: Juliette Binoche (offered & declined); Robin Wright (offered); Sandra Bullock, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julianne Moore, Helen Hunt, Teri Hatcher, Elizabeth Hurley, Laura Linney, and Sherilyn Fenn all tested for the role.

Jodie Foster, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ally Sheedy, Geena Davis, Daryl Hannah, Jennifer Grey, Kelly McGillis, Jamie Lee Curtis, Julia Roberts, Linda Hamilton, Sarah Jessica Parker, Bridget Fonda, Joan Cusack, and Debra Winger were all considered for the role.

- Sean Connery was offered the role of John Hammond. Jim Carrey was considered for the role of Ian Malcolm. Anna Chlumsky and Christina Ricci auditioned for the role of Lex Murphy. Brian Cox was interviewed for Muldoon.

Trivia - Character / Cast Info

- Steven Spielberg delayed the beginning of filming by several weeks to get the cast he wanted. First he allowed Richard Attenborough to finish post-production on his own film Chaplin (1992) before committing to the film.

- Michael Crichton has said that his views on science and genetic engineering are largely expressed by Ian Malcolm. Steven Spielberg saw many parallels to himself in the character of John Hammond.

Fittingly, he cast a fellow filmmaker in the role, who begins his tour of the park by showing a film, in which he also acts. While Malcolm is dressed entirely in black, Hammond wears all white. This was Attenborough's first acting role in 15 years.

- Hammond (Richard Attenborough) creates the dinosaurs from DNA trapped in amber. He also carries around a cane capped with a mosquito in amber. Attenborough's brother is naturalist David Attenborough, who has his own collection of animals trapped in amber. This was the focus of The Natural World: The Amber Time Machine (2004).

- Spielberg waited until Sam Neill could finish filming Family Pictures (1993). Neill ended up only having a weekend off between finishing that film and starting this one.

- Sam Neill injured his hand lighting the flare he uses to distract the Tyrannosaur. According to Neill, "It dropped some burning ­phosphorous on me and got under my watch and took a chunk of my arm out."

- Alan Grant is modeled after Paleontologist Jack Horner who, like Grant, digs and teaches in Montana, and was also a technical advisor on this film.

- Dr. Alan Grant has at least 2 dinosaur models from the 1988 Carnegie Collection: The original green color Tyrannosaurus Rex, and the adult Apatosaurus.

- Laura Dern got cast after Steven Spielberg saw her performance in Rambling Rose (1991). While discussing chaos theory, Malcolm (Goldblum) shamelessly flirts with Ellie (Dern). After meeting on this film, the two actors began a romantic relationship, and were engaged for two years before breaking up.

- Ariana Richards' audition consisted of standing in front of a camera and screaming wildly. Director Steven Spielberg "wanted to see how she could show fear."

Richards remembers, "I heard later on that Steven had watched a few girls on tape that day, and I was the only one who ended up waking his sleeping wife off the couch, and she came running through the hallway to see if the kids were all right."

- Ariana Richards was upset by the fact that an action figure of her character was not produced. (Kenner only made dolls of Grant, Sattler, Muldoon, Nedry, Tim, and eventually Malcolm.)

- After making this movie, Ariana Richards developed a great interest in dinosaurs, and assisted Jack Horner (paleontologist advisor for the film and the inspiration for the Dr. Grant character) on an actual dinosaur dig in Montana the following summer.

- After Joseph Mazzello was turned down for the role of Jack Banning in Steven Spielberg's Hook (1991) for being too young, Spielberg told Mazzello that he was still impressed with his audition and would try to cast him in a future project. Mazzello was then cast as Tim in this movie.

As Mazzello recalls, "Steven had me screen-test with Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman for Hook. I was just too young for the role. And because of that, Steven came up to me and said, 'Don't worry about it, Joey. I'm going to get you in a movie this summer.'

Not only a nice promise to get, but to have it be one of the biggest box-office smashes of all time? That's a pretty good trade." Mazzello's casting led Spielberg to reverse the ages of the children, as he decided that casting a girl younger than Mazzello would be too young to be placed in danger.

Lex was therefore made the older child, and the computer expert as well. In Crichton's original novel, Tim is older, and is both the dinosaur and computer enthusiast.

- The raptors in the kitchen scene was filmed on Joseph Mazzello's 9th birthday. Due to a misunderstanding, Joseph ran into one of the raptors on one of the takes and was injured.

- Despite his prominent billing, 'B.D. Wong' has less than two minutes of screen time. Jeff Abel, better know as Canadian dubstep producer Excision, has a small cameo appearance.

- The character played by Cameron Thor is named Lewis Dodgson. Author of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," Lewis Carroll was born with the name Charles Dodgson.

Since both the first and last names of the character are written with the less common spellings which Carroll used, this is a fairly obvious nod to him, although the reason for the joke is unclear.

Lewis Carroll's novel is referenced again when Nedry names his program to sabotage the park security systems "White Rabbit."

Resources: Wikipedia.org, imdb.com,

Jurassic Park - 1993 | Story and Screenshots

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Control Room: The Jurassic Park control room looks like a mission control for a space launch, with several computer terminals and dozens of video screens that display images of various dinosaurs, taken from all over the park. There's a large glass map of the island at the front of the room that is lit up like a Christmas tree with various colored lights, each one with a number and identification code next to it.

But the place is unfinished, with unattached cables, construction materials, and ladders scattered about. The mood among the half dozen technicians present is chaotic as they rush around with last-minute adjustments. Muldoon whisks in through the double doors. Hamond is right behind him. They go straight to the main console, where Ray Arnold fortyish, a chronic worrier and chain-smoker, is seated.

Muldoon warns of a tropical storm about seventy-five miles west of them. Hammond sighs and instructs Ray to start the tour program.

Arnold: Hold on to your butts.

As the group heads off, Hammond settles into the main control room where his two computer experts, Arnold and Nedry, manage the complex infrastructure of the park.

Visitor's Center: With a loud chunk, the Explorers start forward along the electrical pathway. Gennaro, Tim, and Lex are in the front vehicle; Grant, Ellie, and Malcom in the rear.

Main gates: They approach two enormous, primitive gates, torches blazing on either side.

Passing through them, Malcom looks up.

Malcom: What have they got in there, King Kong?

The Explorer's speakers provide an audio narrative for the visitors.

Jurassic Park Tour Voice: Welcome to Jurassic Park.

From the Control Room, Hammond watches the monitor. His grandchildren are enjoying themselves.

Hammond: The voice you're now hearing is Richard Kiley. We spared no expense!

In the park, the fences are retaining walls are covered with greenery and growth, to heighten the illusion of moving through a jungle. The tour voice continues.

Jurassic Park Tour Voice: To the right, you will see a herd of the first dinosaurs on our tour, called Dilophosaurus.

Tim and Lex practically slam up against the windows, to get a look. Grant and Ellie also press against the windows.

There are a lot of beautiful plants, but no sign of a herd of anything. The tour voice continues anyway. The speaker continues: one of the earliest carnivores, the Dilophosaurus is actually poisonous, spitting its venom at its prey, causing blindness and eventually paralysis, allowing the carnivore to eat at its leisure. This makes Dilophosaurus a beautiful, but deadly addition to Jurassic Park. Grant and the others sit back, disappointed. The cars move on.

In the Control Room, Ray Arnold watches his computer screen and the video monitors at the same time, keeping an eye on the cars as they move through the park. Hammond hovers over his shoulder, as Ray notes more glitches. Vehicle headlights are on and don't respond. Those shouldn't be running off the car batteries. He sighs and reaches for a clipboard hanging next to his chair and jots this down.

Arnold: We have all the problems of a major theme park and a major zoo and the computer's not even on its feet yet.

Hammond shakes his head and turns to the technician to his right, who still has his back to them, watching a Costa Rican game show on one of his monitors and drinking a Jolt cola.

Hammond: Dennis, our lives are in your hands and you have butterfingers?

The Technician turns around his chair and extends his arms in a Christ-like pose.

Nedry [laughs]: I am totally unappreciated in my time. You can run this whole park from this room with minimal staff for up to 3 days. You think that kind of automation is easy? Or cheap? You know anybody who can network 8 connection machines and debug 2 million lines of code for what I bid for this job? Because if he can I'd like to see him try.

Hammond: I'm sorry about your financial problems, Dennis, I really am, but they are your problems.

As we get a good look at him, we get the sinking feeling that we've seen him somewhere before. And we have. Dennis Nedry is the man who accepted a suitcase full of cash in San Jose.

Nedry: Oh, you're right, John, you're absolutely right. You know, everything's my problem.

Hammond: I will not get drawn into another financial debate with you, Dennis. I really will not!

Nedry: There'd be hardly any debate at all.

Hammond: I don't blame people for their mistakes. But I do ask that they pay for them.

Nedry: Thanks, Dad.

Nedry promises he will de-bug the tour program when they get back.

Muldoon, who has been hovering near the video monitors as always, turns towards them, annoyed.

Muldoon: Quiet, all of you! . . . They're approaching the Tyrannosaur Paddock.

On the Tyrannosaur Paddock, the two Explorers drive along a high ridge and stop at the edge of the large, open plain that is separated from the road by a fifteen-foot fence, clearly marked with "DANGER!" signs and ominous-looking electrical post. Tim, Lex, and Gennaro are pressed forward against the windows, eyes wide, waiting for you-know-who.

In the rear car, the voice of the radio drones on, but Grant, Ellie, and Malcom aren't even listening anymore, dying of anticipation. Ellie flips a switch to turn off the speaker and they wait in silence - - except for Malcolm, who looks at the ceiling, thinking aloud.

Malcom: God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs.

Ellie: Dinosaurs eat man. Woman inherits the earth.

They try to tempt the T-Rex: in the paddock, there is a low humming sound. Out in the middle of the field, a small cage rises up into view, lifted on hydraulics from underground. The cage bars slide down, leaving the cage's occupant standing alone in the middle of the field. It's a goat, one leg chained to a stake. It looks around, confused, and bleats plaintively.

In the front car, Lex and Tim look at the goat with widely different reactions, Lex displeased, Tim excited.

Lex: He's gonna eat the goat?

Tim: Excellent!

Gennaro: What's the matter, kid? You never had lamb chops?

Lex: I happen to be a vegetarian.

The goat waits. And waits. From the Explorers, six faces watch it expectantly. The goat tugs on its chain. It walks back and forth, nervous. It bleats. In the rear car, Grant watches, his eyes glued, his breathing becoming a little more rapid. Tim and Lex can't tear their eyes away. In the paddock, finally, the goat - - lays down.

In the rear car, everyone sits back, disappointed again, as the cars pull forward to continue the tour. Malcolm gets close to the camera and remarks . . .

Malcom: Ah, now eventually you do plan to have dinosaurs on your, on your dinosaur tour, right? Hello?

He taps the camera lens and breathes on it.

Malcom: Hello? Yes?

Watching him on a monitor in the control room, Hammond just shakes his head

Hammond: I really hate that man.

Grant looks out the window.

Grant: T-Rex doesn't want to be fed. He wants to hunt. Can't just suppress 65 million years of gut instinct.

Malcolm: You see, a Tyrannosaur doesn't follow a set pattern or park schedules, the essence of chaos.

Malcolm explains the essence of Chaos giving obscure examples. Ellie gestures with her hand to show this information has gone right over her head.

He performs a demonstration, he dips his hand into the glass of water. He takes Ellie's hand in his own and flicks his fingers and a drop falls on the back of Ellie's hand. Looking out of the opposite window, Grant sees movement at the far end of a field. He sits upright, trying to get a better look.

Malcolm repeats the demonstration and the water drops fall a different direction, proving unpredictability. There's definitely something out in that field, and Grant has to see it. He jerks on the door handle and opens his door a few inches. He looks outside towards freedom, then looks around to see if anybody's watching him. Grant throws the door open and bolts out of the moving car.

Malcolm: There. Look at this. See? See? I'm right again. Nobody could've predicted that Dr. Grant would suddenly, suddenly jump out of a moving vehicle.

Ellie: Alan? Alan!

Ellie also jumps out of the vehicle.

Malcolm: There's, another example. [laughs to himself] See, here I'm now sitting by myself, uh, er, talking to myself. That's chaos theory.

In the Control Room, Hammond, Muldoon, and Arnold stare at the video monitor incredulously as everyone now pours out of the cars and follows Grant down the hill. The cars roll on slowly, empty, their doors hanging open. Hammonds orders the program to be stopped

Muldoon: I told you! How many times? We needed locking mechanisms on the vehicle doors!

Across the room, Nedry sneaks a peek at the video monitor. It shows an image of the steel door, plainly marked - - "EMBRYONIC COLD STORAGE. RESTRICTED!"

He looks to another monitor, which is labeled "EAST DOCK." The monitor shows a supply ship, moored at the dock. Its cargo is being uploaded and a large group of workers are filing aboard. Nedry has something on the counter, where no one can see it. It's a can of shaving cream.

Grant, Ellie, Gennaro, and the kids are out in the open field, heading towards a small stand of trees. For the first time, we notice the sky is darken rather early in the day. Tim dogs Grant's footsteps, so excited he can hardly keep his feet on the ground. Gennaro is scared as hell, following the others, but his head darting left and right. Lex stumbles and Grant takes her hand, to stop her from falling.

She looks up at him and smiles. Grant smiles back and tries to recover his hand, but Lex holds tight. He's massively uncomfortable. Ellie notices. Suddenly they all stop in their tracks. A huge smile spreads across the faces of both Tim and Grant. Grant walks forward. Tim follows. Fearless, Tim walks forward behind Grant.

A Triceratops, a big one, lying on its side, blocking the light at the end of the path. It has an enormous curved shell that flanks its head, two big horns over its eyes, and a third on the end of its nose. It doesn't move, just breathes, loud and raspy, blowing up a little clouds of dust with every exhalation.

Grant, almost in a daze, wanders all the way around to the back of the animal and stands next to Harding.

Grant strokes its head. Ellie moves forward to the animal. They both kneel, checking the animal.

Grant: Ellie, this one was always my favorite when I was a kid. And now I've seen one, its the most beautiful thing I ever saw.

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