With Reporting by Josh Horowitz
Johnson, currently in Park City, Utah repping his new movie "Digging for Fire" at the Sundance Film Festival, is one of several stars in the new "Jurassic" sequel, running away from destructive dinosaurs alongside Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard (among others). And while the prospect of stepping into the "Jurassic Park" franchise would be daunting for anyone, Johnson had two big reasons to feel secure: director-writer Colin Trevorrow, and writing partner Derek Connolly.
"They're my friends," Johnson told MTV of Trevorrow and Connolly, both of whom he worked with on the low-budget time-travel comedy "Safety Not Guaranteed." "We were here at Sundance with this indie movie we made for $600,000 — and then we're on the ['Jurassic World'] set."
While going through the steps of hair and make-up and walking around massive sets was certainly "weird," in Johnson's words, there was also a comforting familiarity between the actor, the director and the writer.
"It's the question I've never gotten," Johnson continued, "about how normal it was between action and set. … When Colin calls, 'Quiet!' It's just like, 'Alright, now I'm working with Derek and Colin's words.' "
Even after shooting "Jurassic World," Johnson remains a fixture in the indie world. Johnson and director Joe Swanberg's latest Sundance movie "Digging for Fire," about a husband (Johnson) and wife (Rosemarie DeWitt) who embark on an unexpected and turbulent weekend away, is currently debuting at Sundance.
But whether or not Johnson's dance with the dinosaurs will lead him to future "Jurassic" movies, he can't say — in fact, there's very little he's willing to admit about his role in the film.
"I got cut out of the movie," he joked. "I'm murdered before the movie even starts. My character is all back story."
"Jurassic World" hits theaters on June 12. "Digging For Fire" is currently playing at the Sundance Film Festival.