Chris Pratt is pretty much living the dreaming right now. “The LEGO Movie,” his first starring role, opens in theaters this week. This summer, his second headlining part — in a Marvel movie no less — hits theaters. The summer after that, he’ll lead the new “Jurassic Park” movie.
“Jurassic World,” as it’s being called, has fans of the original eager to see if Steven Spielberg and writer-director Colin Trevorrow can breathe new life in the dormant dinosaur series, and thanks to our recent talk with Pratt, we know that the leading man thinks they can pull it off.
Pratt couldn’t tell us too much about “Jurassic World,” but what we did get out of him should be enough to get fans excited.
There is a simple question at the heart of the story.
After three movies about dinosaurs that are essentially trapped on a secluded island. Why the hell would anyone go back there? Pratt explained that not only does “Jurassic World” address that question, but the answer to it was one of the reasons he joined the movie in the first place.
“What I liked about it was it answers the question, ‘Why would you do that?’ How do you suspend disbelief to be like ‘Oh, yes, let’s make this mistake again’? ‘We haven’t learned our lesson about dinosaurs. We should definitely live with them to see how that works out after three tries at it,’ ” Pratt said. “[Trevorrow] answers the question really well through the script. Colin did a great job of writing it and justifying it, in his own way having fun with. Anybody who goes in with that question will be really amused, the way I was, about how they answer that.”
Pratt geeked out when he realized he was getting the role.
Pratt has always made it clear that “Jurassic Park” was a huge movie for him growing up, so it’s not totally surprising that he would get a little excited about the idea of joining the series a leading man. One day, before he was cast, Pratt chatted with Trevorrow and got introspective during the talk. “I sat down with him… and we just started getting excited about this. In the back of my mind, I was like ‘Dude, this is going to happen. They want you to do this movie.’ I remember him telling me, ‘Yeah, they’re not going to tell you this, but we want you to do it.’ I was like, ‘Buhhh. Really? Oh God. Really?’ ”
His character is somewhere in between Jeff Goldblum’s and Sam Neill’s.
When it comes to heroes of “Jurassic Park,” there are essentially two types. You’ve got Dr. Alan Grant’s (Sam Neill) respect for prehistoric life, and then there’s Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), who’s all “Life finds a way.”
So which kind of dino-dueling hero will Pratt play? The actor said he character falls somewhere between the two, explaining, “He’s got a little of both. He’s got a little bit of the Goldblum cynicism, but also the Sam Neill excitement and the wonder of the biology of it all.”
“Jurassic World” is set to open on June 12, 2015.