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10 Things You Didn’t Know About… Jurassic Park
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About… Jurassic Park

It made over a billion dollars at the box office, inspired a whole generation’s interest in dinosaurs and launched one of the most successful and most iconic movie franchises of all time. It’s Jurassic Park.

Now with the entire Jurassic Park trilogy on offer as part of hmv’s Prequels, Sequels and Beyond campaign and a new instalment due in cinemas next month, we thought it was an excellent time to bring you 10 things you didn’t know about Jurassic Park

 

It owes its life to E.R

Bizarrely, Stephen Spielberg first became aware that author Michael Crichton was working on Jurassic Park the novel when the two met to discuss the script for ER. After hearing the idea Spielberg was so excited he persuaded Universal Pictures to stump up over $1.5 million for the film rights before the book had even been published.

 

And Schlinder’s List owes it the same debt…

Spielberg was desperate for Universal to finance Schindler’s List, a film he’d been developing for years, Universal agreed to finance it, but only on the condition he made Jurassic Park first…

 

It also meant George Lucas had to help finish the film…

In fact, Spielberg was called away to begin work on Schindler’s List before Jurassic Park was finished in the edit room, so he called on Lucas to step in and help him finish it. What are friends for eh?

 

Harrison Ford turned it down…

Ford was offered the starring role of Dr Alan Grant in Jurassic Park, but turned it down, as did William Hurt. Their loss was Jeff Goldblum’s gain…

 

So did Sean Connery…

The notoriously picky Connery was approached about taking the role of John Hammond, the eccentric millionaire who dreamt up Jurassic Park, but wasn’t interested. Instead…

 

It got Richard Attenborough out of retirement…

Stephen Spielberg has already been turned down by Connery when he offered the role to British acting veteran Richard Attenborough. Even though he’d not been in a film for 15 years, he decided to come out of retirement for Spielberg’s new blockbuster, having turned the director down twice previously. He was quoting as saying Spielberg convinced him as he had “the charm of the devil”…

 

The film’s most iconic moment came about thanks to a guitar string…

Everyone remembers the clutch of terror you felt the first time you see that cup of water begin to shake as the T-Rex approaches for the first time. To pull off that effect, production crew came up with a nifty technique, they strung a guitar string to the underside of the dashboard in the jeep and struck it hard…

 

A huge hurricane almost ended production…

Never mind the dinosaurs, mother nature herself almost brought the Jurassic Park shoot shuddering to a halt. While shooting on Hawaii’s Kauai Island, the location was hit by Hurricane Iniki—the most powerful hurricane to hit Hawaii in recorded history. It delayed the end of filming, but all the cast and crew were safe and sound in their hotel.

 

The T-Rex model was incredibly heavy…

It weighed a colossal 12,000 LBs. That’s 5,443 kilograms. The same weight as an elephant. It’s arrival had to be preceded by flashing lights to make sure no one got in its way.

 

It made Stephen Spielberg a lot of money…

Over $250 million to be precise. No wonder he came back for a sequel in 1997.

 

The Jurassic Park ultimate trilogy is on offer as part of hmv’s Prequels, Sequels and Beyond promotion. Check it out in-store now. 

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