Original Jurassic action hero Sam Neill theorises why Dr Alan Grant didn’t appear in Jurassic World, and why he may never turn up again! Read more after the jump.
It’s been more or less confirmed that there’s going to be a Jurassic World trilogy. Jurassic World had its fair share critics and detractors during its run. But no one can deny that the movie made a hell of a lot of money, and shows evidence that the franchise still has some juice. Chris Pratt is signed on for at least a couple more dino-outings. The star’s role as the dinosaur-loving man of the people was a little two-dimensional. Seriously, can you even remember his character’s name? Still, the guy can land a decent joke, throw a decent punch and draw a decent crowd. But what about the original hero of Jurassic Park? Will we be seeing Sam Neill‘s Dr Alan Grant driving his jeep through some modified dino-dung? Don’t get your hopes up, because the man himself has a few theories about his character’s whereabouts.
The star of the the original Jurassic Park trilogy (minus The Lost World) was asked recently whether Alan Grant would have a role in the new trilogy. The question follows a lot of demand for Neill to appear in the upcoming sequel. Neill had an answer, but it probably wasn’t what any fans wanted to hear.
Here’s his response, according to Slashfilm.
“I think the problem is that no one knows where Alan Grant is anymore. He’s retired from paleontology…sick to death of dinosaurs and running. He’s not quite as fleet of foot as he was, and he’s now retired to Dayton, Ohio, and has a very successful accountancy business… I think that’s what’s happened to Alan. Either that or he’s dead.”
Way to end on a high note Sam! The very idea that Alan Grant could be dead comes as a huge shock to Jurassic Park fans. The guy survived two trips to two different dinosaur islands. What could possible take him down? Turns out Neill had some theories on that too.
“How do you recover from all of that stuff? I don’t think therapists are trained to deal with post-dino stuff. No. I don’t think you get over it. Accountancy would be one way.”
“No one can find Grant. He’s disappeared. Someone found his hat. His hat was floating on the Hudson river, but that was the last ever heard of him.”
Neill also mentioned during this long-form hypothesis that he hadn’t received a call to appear in Jurassic World 2.
Maybe a lack of casting has led him to these wild conclusions about his conflicted character. He does make a good point about psychological scarring though. I mean, I was trapped in a bathroom for 45 minutes once and I still can’t stop telling people about it. If I was on an island of loose dinosaurs twice in my lifetime I’d be all kinds of bat-shit crazy.
Neill was on the set of Thor: Ragnarok recently filming a mystery part. He may have crossed paths with his co-Jurassic alumnist Jeff Goldblum. Goldblum is currently starring in the role of the ancient galactic being The Grandmaster in the third Thor movie. I can only hope they got some time together to craft their own Jurassic Park comeback.
I guess we shouldn’t be too shocked and appalled if Alan Grant doesn’t swing into action in the latest trilogy. It sounds as though Neill has made his peace with the iconic character being laid to rest. That doesn’t mean we won’t get some sneaky callbacks or easter eggs in upcoming movies though. Keep an eye out nerds!
Jurassic World 2 is scheduled for release on June 22, 2018. Watch this space for all the latest Jurassic World 2 movie news.