For a generation of cinephiles Sam Neill may always be “Jurassic Park’s” biggest skeptic: paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant, the dino-expert who is not sure that the idea of a theme park featuring dinosaurs made from DNA extracted from prehistoric mosquitoes is such a good idea.
Neill famously played the character in both the first (and the best) and the last (and not as best) “Jurassic Park” movies, leaving nearly a decade since he got into dino-hunting mode… and if we’re being honest, there’s still a part of us hoping that someday we might hit up our local Cineplex to catch another film in the franchise with Neill in the lead role.
Well, we might feel that way, but it turns out Neill doesn’t. MTV News spoke with the actor on Monday at the Fox Upfront presentation, where he and “Lost” alum Jorge Garcia were promoting their new J.J. Abrams show, “Alcatraz” — and the occasional paleontologist was pretty quick to kill all our childhood hopes and dreams with all the ruthless efficiency of a velociraptor (which he does an excellent impression of in the video above at the 55 second mark).
“I think we’ve told the story. I think it’s done,” he said, laughing that we here at MTV are the only ones interested in seeing him back in “Jurassic Park” mode. (We seriously doubt that’s true.) But there’s a deeper reason for why Neill wouldn’t want to go back into that world: “[Legendary effects expert] Stan Winston who made those beautiful dinosaurs died. So, no Stan, no ’Jurassic Park’ really … [and author Michael] Crichton died too.”
However, Neill’s “Alcatraz” co-star helped him come up with a very Hurley-esque idea for how “Jurassic Park 4″ might come to life. Neill explained: “I’ll tell you what. If Michael Crichton time travels, writes the book [and] Stan time travels, [and] reanimates dinosaurs, then absolutely.”
Maybe we’re reading into too much, but that sounds like a maybe to us.
[Editor’s Note: I would totally time-travel to see this movie. -JW]
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