September 30, 2022
'Jurassic World Dominion' Star Sam Neill Just Now Learned the Tragic Fate of 'Jurassic Park' Brachiosaurus

One of the many defining images of Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park involves Sam Neill’s Dr. Alan Grant and Laura Dern’s Dr. Ellie Sattler gazing in awe at the sight of a Brachiosaurus. While Spielberg directed Neill to turn Dern’s head in the direction of the massive dinosaur, he still gave his two stars plenty of free rein as they performed that unforgettable reaction sequence. In fact, when Dr. Grant eventually gets lightheaded and weak in the knees, that was a suggestion that Neill himself made on the day.

In 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the fifth installment in the Jurassic franchise, the beloved Brachiosaurus from the 1993 film perished as a result of a volcanic eruption on Isla Nublar, and Neill, until now, was unaware that it was the same Brachiosaurus that bowled Grant and Sattler over in 1993.

“I didn’t know it was the same one. Well, that is heartbreaking. Such a sweet creature,” Neill tells The Hollywood Reporter during his recent press day for Jurassic World Dominion.

Neill last appeared as Dr. Grant in Jurassic Park III (2001), and the conditions for his return in Jurassic World Dominion, Colin Trevorrow’s concluding chapter of both Jurassic trilogies, were completely understandable.

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