One of the summer's biggest blockbusters, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, has already released internationally-- and it is off to a strong start at the box office. Stateside, most of us will have to wait a bit longer to see the Dino adventure, as Fallen Kingdom doesn't open domestically until next weekend. However, some lucky fans have gotten to see the film early, and one group in particular got a special surprise when they were visited by the man who plays dinosaur researcher and raptor trainer Owen Grady, actor Chris Pratt.
During a sneak preview screening of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom put on by The Today Show and Universal Pictures, Chris Pratt came in to surprise the young audience members, who were a part of The Boys and Girls Club. Before the screening there was a contest where kids could act out how they would look if scared by a dinosaur, but no one could have predicated that a Jurassic World expert would be popping up. The 245 kids and chaperones were ecstatic to see Chris Pratt, who took time to speak to the kids and offer some advice about believing in yourself and staying true to who you are even when others criticize you.
Speaking to TODAY, Chris Pratt mentioned how he feels very fortunate in his life, and that's why it is important to him to give back by using his platform to spend time with kids and mentor them. Chris Pratt spent time at a Boys and Girls Club as a kid, and he actually helped raise money for a new rec center for the local club in his hometown. It goes without saying that this is a very cool and sweet gesture from Chris Pratt. Universal and TODAY putting on this special screening for the kids is awesome, but it is made extra special by Chris Pratt showing up and actually talking to the young fans.
Jurassic World may be the definitive Jurassic and dinosaur film for a whole generation of audiences, so this is a big movie moment for them. Also, Chris Pratt is one of the most popular actors working today given his role in the Jurassic series and his fan favorite role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so for him to show up and talk to you is probably akin to Harrison Ford or Robin Williams or Will Smith surprising you at a movie theater full of hardcore movie fans.
The reviews are in and J.A. Bayona's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is likely headed towards a big domestic debut when it opens in theaters on June 22nd. Check out our release schedule to see what else is hitting theaters in the back half of 2018.
Nick grew up in Maryland has degrees in Film Studies and Communications. His life goal is to walk the earth, meet people and get into adventures. He’s also still looking for The Adventures of Pete and Pete season 3 on DVD if anyone has a lead.
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