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One of the key problems with the Jurassic Park franchise is the nagging question "Why would they try it again?" Yes, there is undoubtedly a lot of money to be made with a dinosaur theme park and successfully bringing an extinct species back to life is a huge scientific breakthrough, but after all of the destruction and death featured in Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III it's not hard to start questioning whether or not the reward is worth the risk. This will obviously be something that writer/director Colin Trevorrow will have to deal with in the upcoming Jurassic World, but according to star Chris Pratt it's not just something the script deals with off hand - it's something that actually winds up making the entire script work.
With his latest film, The LEGO Movie, hitting theaters this weekend, Pratt has been talking to press non-stop over the last couple weeks, and while sitting down for an interview with MTV the actor explained what it was that first keyed him into the Jurassic World script and let him know that it was something he wanted to be a part of. Said the star,
"What I liked about it was that it answers the question of, '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 and see how that works out.' You know, after like three tries at it! They answer the question really well through the script. Colin did a great job of writing it, justifying it, and, kind of, in his own way, having fun with that. Anybody who goes in with that question will be really amused, the way I was, about how they answer that."
Taking that point further, Pratt also had nothing but nice things to say about the filmmaker in charge of the project. When the actor was first having discussions about taking the lead role in the film he sat down with Trevorrow personally and was impressed with the director's clarity of vision and understanding of the movie that he wants to make. Comparing the experience to being with James Gunn when he began working on Guardians of the Galaxy, Pratt said,
"We just started getting really excited about this and in the back of my mind I was like, 'Dude, this is gonna happen! They want you to do this movie!' I remember him saying, 'They’re not going to tell you this, but we want you to do it.' And I was like, 'Oh my god, really? Oh god.' So I just got really excited about it."
While there's obviously a great deal of secrecy surrounding the project, the actor couldn't go into any real details about the film's plot, but he did reveal a bit about his character's personality. Asked if the character he is playing is closer to Jeff Goldblum's Dr. Ian Malcolm or Sam Neill's Dr. Alan Grant, Pratt explained, "He’s got a little of both. He’s got little bits of the Goldblum cynicism, but also the Sam Neill excitement and the wonder in the biology. So it’s a combination."
Jurassic World is now about six weeks away from the start of production, with Universal Pictures planning to have the movie in theaters on June 12, 2015. Do Pratt's comments make you excited for the film?