Jurassic Park’s Sam Neil Reunites with Co-Stars
Thirty years is nothing in terms of geologic eras, but it’s a large swath of a lifetime. In 1992, Laura Dern, Sam Neill, and Jeff Goldblum first gathered in Hawaii to make Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. When they reunited in Los Angeles, ahead of the release of the sixth film in the series, Dern, Neill, and Goldblum noted how much the world had changed. Anthony Breznican interviewed the trio for Vanity Fair.
Even decades after the first movie, there are still secrets to share about Jurassic Park, among them why Neill’s accent sometimes shifts between continents, Breznican writes. The New Zealand actor winces about that now, but he was following Spielberg’s guidance. “It was the day we fried the kid on the electric fence. That’s where we started. And I had been working …” he begins.
The technological footprint of Jurassic Park is undeniable, making it one of the clear game changers in Hollywood history. But there’s also a case to be made that the original movie endures because of the affection viewers harbour for the human characters.
Original article by Anthony Breznican, Vanity Fair, April 27, 2022.
Photo by Art Streiber.