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Jurassic Park Stars Laura Dern And Sam Neill 'Only Now' Realise Their Age Gap In First Film Was 'Inappropriate'

Aisha Nozari

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Jurassic Park Stars Laura Dern And Sam Neill 'Only Now' Realise Their Age Gap In First Film Was 'Inappropriate'

Laura Dern and Sam Neill have reflected on their ‘inappropriate’ age gap when filming Steven Spielberg’s 1993 dino blockbuster, Jurassic Park.

The pair starred opposite one another as palaeobotanist Dr Ellie Sattler and palaeontologist Dr Alan Grant, and sparks flew despite the latter being old enough to be the former’s dad. 

However, Dern, who is returning for the sixth film in the franchise – World Dominion – alongside Neill, has said it’s ‘only now’ she realises just how problematic their age gap was. 

Laura Dern and Sam Neill have reflected on their age gap. Credit: Alamy
Laura Dern and Sam Neill have reflected on their age gap. Credit: Alamy

The pair spoke to The Telegraph ahead of the release of Jurassic Park World Dominion on 10 June, and both were quick to touch upon their 20-year difference in age.

Neill said of sharing the screen with Dern when she was just 23: “I am 20 years older than Laura! Which at the time was a completely appropriate age difference for a leading man and lady! 

“It never occurred to me until I opened a magazine and there was an article called ‘Old geezers and gals’. People like Harrison Ford and Sean Connery acting with much younger people, and there I was, on the list.”

Dern added: “Well, it felt completely appropriate to fall in love with Sam Neill. And it was only now, when we returned in a moment of cultural awareness about the patriarchy, that I was, like, ‘Wow! We’re not the same age?’”

They first starred together in 1993’s Jurassic Park. Credit: Alamy
They first starred together in 1993’s Jurassic Park. Credit: Alamy

Dern, now 55, and Neill, 74, are not the only members of the original Jurassic Park cast to star alongside Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in the third and final reboot installation; fan favourite Jeff Goldblum will also return. 

Character posters of Dern, Neill, Goldblum, Pratt and Dallas Howard released earlier this month united the two generations, no doubt sending fans’ heart rates skyrocketing.  

Pratt recently said the upcoming film could be the franchise’s Avengers: Endgame when speaking to Comicbook.

When asked whether or not World Dominion marked the end of Jurassic Park forever, he hinted there may be more instalments to come later down the line.

Pratt said: “You’d want to leave it open to that possibility. There aren’t a ton of comps for this kind of a thing. 

“I think maybe Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame is a similar comp because you’ve got whatever that was…10 years, 20-something films. 

“All of these characters each had their own stories, their own trilogies coming together. And you’re like, 'this is wild'.”


Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Jurassic Park, TV and Film

Aisha Nozari
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