There is nothing left for the world premiere on June 9 of ‘Jurassic World: Dominion.’ Its protagonists are already on a promotional tour, leaving us with the juiciest anecdotes and headlines.
Almost 30 years have passed since the franchise debuted with ‘Jurassic Park,’ and Laura Dern and Sam Neill talk about their age gap. And remembered the romance between their main character. Doctor Ellie Sattler and Doctor Alan Grant are slightly different than they did. They lived in their day.
Sam Neill exclaims he was 20 years older than Laura. He added that although, at the time, it seemed like an entirely appropriate age gap for a lead actor and the actress playing her love interest.
Neil said that it never occurred to him until he opened a magazine and there was an article called Old Boys and Young Girls. Actors like Harrison Ford and Sean Connery are performing with much younger people. Neill continued that, and there he was, on the list. He thought, come on, man. It can’t be true.
While Neill and Dern talk about their age gap, they laugh at each other for how they think they are the same age. Dern was 23 years old when she started shooting ‘Jurassic Park,’ but she also thought that the age difference was unimportant. Dern felt its completely normal to fall in love with Sam Neill. Only recently, when they have become culturally aware of patriarchy, she realized it and was like, Wow! Aren’t we the same age?
Although the original novel by Michael Crichton did not mention the relationship, Steven Spielberg expanded the role of the character of Dr. Sattler. He hinted at her love affair with Alan Grant, although quite respectful and, even by today’s standards, today, egalitarian and feminist.
Now, 20 years after she played Ellie Sattler in ‘Jurassic Park III,’ Dern is happy to see her return.
Dern told People magazine last year that he can say that it was amazing to get back together. It was amazing to join the original cast members and walk down memory lane, from his experience at the beginning of the franchise through all of these movies. Furthermore, along with all the key cast members who have been working on the new ones, Colin Trevorrow and Steven Spielberg, who are like family to him.