How A Nasty Woman Line Ended Up In Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

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Warning: mild spoilers ahead for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom! Read ahead at your own risk!

Though Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom takes place in a fictional universe in which scientists have figured out how to create dinosaurs (something we haven't nailed just yet), the film does lift some notable moments from our own world. One such moment comes when Ted Levine's Ken Wheatley utters the phrase "nasty woman" (verbiage made famous in the 2016 presidential election) towards Daniella Pineda's Zia. It's an interesting bit of topical humor to include in the summer blockbuster, and in a recent interview, director J.A. Bayona admitted that it was an ad lib that they opted to keep as a means of punctuating the drama with a joke. Bayona explained:

I gave a lot of freedom to the actors. So, for example, that line from Ted Levine, that was the line that he said on set. That was not scripted. And I felt it was the right thing to do -- it's kind of like a joke at the end of the scene. I thought it was good, so we left that line in the final cut.

So, it turns out that the original Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom script didn't necessarily make any mention of the now-infamous presidential debate jab. Instead, the line was made up by Ted Levine on the spot, and J.A. Bayona supported the Silence of the Lambs actor's improv by including it in the final cut of the movie.

Of course, the "nasty woman" joke in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is not the only moment in the film that offers up some thinly-veiled political satire. Elsewhere in J.A. Bayona's remarks to Yahoo Entertainment, the director also mentioned how he collaborated with the actors and executive producer Colin Trevorrow on a fair number of pointed-yet-humorous moments -- such as a scene involving a Trump-like wig on the head of Mr. Eversol (Toby Jones). Political mentions and satire of the modern world have always factored into the best Jurassic stories, and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom seems to keep that tradition alive.

From here, it seems reasonable to imagine that the next installment in this series could continue that tradition. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ends with the dinosaurs escaping and spreading across the planet, which means they will become a much more global story element as we move towards Jurassic World 3. Given that fact, it would make sense to see geopolitical storylines become much more critical in the series' next installment.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is now in theaters. If you are looking for more information about the latest installment in the Jurassic franchise, then head over to our full review and our handy To 3D guide, and make sure to stay tuned for more updates related to anything and everything related to the classic franchise!

Conner Schwerdtfeger

Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.