Jurassic Park Stars Recall Steven Spielberg Hilariously Making Dinosaur Noises During Filming


Summary

  • Steven Spielberg made dinosaur noises on the set of Jurassic Park to cue the cast’s reactions.
  • Sam Neill and Laura Dern recalled humorous memories of Spielberg’s “terrifying” roars while pretending to be a T-Rex or Velociraptor during filming.
  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
    director J.A. Bayona provided actors with dinosaur sounds during filming, a noticeable difference from Spielberg’s dinosaur impersonations.



The main cast of Jurassic Park have plenty of memories of filming the dinosaur movie that changed the face of prehistoric films forever, but none funnier than their recollection of director Steven Spielberg making dinosaur noises on set. Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum recently spoke to Empire for a special celebratory edition of the magazine, recalling memories of their time being beseiged by dinosaurs.

Jurassic Park

Release Date
June 11, 1993

Runtime
127

Tagline
An Adventure 65 Million Years In The Making

Franchise
Jurassic Park


When Jurassic Park exploded into cinemas in 1993, it involved groundbreaking special effects that allowed prehistoric creatures to come alive on screen like never before – special effects that continue to look amazing over 30 years later. However, during filming, Spielberg had to resort to hilariously making his own noises to let the stars know when dinosaurs were going to be on the screen. As Dern explained, the late Richard Attenborough had a brilliant reaction to Spielberg’s attempts at giving the cast a vocal cue.

“The first day of filming was a memory I’ll never forget. It’s early on in the film where Richard [Attenborough] is giving us a tour and sending a cow down into the cage. We were all reacting differently, do we said, ‘Steven, we need your help. We need a sound to respond to.’ And on take two, we’re waiting and listening, and it’s scary…then suddenly, we hear Steven go, ‘REERRRGHH! REERRGHH!’ All of us were cracking up. Richard went, ‘My dead boy, is that what we’re going to hear for the next ten weeks?”


Neill backed up Dern’s comments about the “fear” Spielberg could inflict with his imitations of a T-Rex or Velociraptor. He said:

“Steven’s roars were absolutely terrifying. [Laughs] I remember that scene where we were running away from the Gallimimus and they get diverted because the T-Rex turns up and starts eating a few. We had to react to the dinosaurs, and there’s Steven at the bottom of the field, going, ‘GRRRROOAGH!’ through a bullhorn and waving a stick with a 4×4 picture of a dinosaur’s head. It was pretty funny that.”


Working on Jurassic World Movies Was Very Different to Jurassic Park


Three decades after Spielberg spent much of his time on the set of Jurassic Park pretending to be a dinosaur, J.A. Bayona did not have to get quite so involved when directing Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Jeff Goldblum made a very fleeting appearance in that movie, but while on set he did see how things had changed when it came to making sure actors knew when dinosaurs would be putting in an appearance. He recalled:

“I was on the set of Jurassic World 2 for shooting where dinosaurs are running amok with Bryce [Dallas Howard] and Chris [Pratt]. And they had, for the benefit of the actors and the atmosphere of everybody, dinosaur sounds from the other movies that were amazingly broadcast, as well as the music J.A. Bayona had chosen. I thought, ‘Boy, I kinda wish I’d had this when I was making them.’ But then again, the naïve experience of having Seven doing that was pretty great too.”


While the original three cast members returned for Jurassic World: Dominion, it seems that their time in the franchise could well be done now. Latest rumors have suggested that Black Widow star Scarlett Johansson is being lined up to take over as franchise lead in Gareth Edwards new movie, which is already scheduled for release in 2025.

Related

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While Steven Spielberg’s take on Jurassic Park is iconic in its own right, it takes some serious deviations from its source material.

Reviews of Jurassic World: Dominion suggested that the downward slide of the franchise had hit a new low, but that didn’t stop the Jurassic bandwagon rolling on again. What is apparent, though, is that there will never be a movie that can quite capture the magic of the 1993 original, and everyone should remember that part of that magic involved the legendary director that is Steven Spielberg, running around the set pretending to be a dinosaur.


Jurassic Park
is currently streaming on Netflix, while the latest movie,
Jurassic World: Dominion
is available on Starz.



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