Jurassic Park is one of the biggest and most well-known movie franchises in the world. Based on the novels by Michael Crichton, it has become synonymous with everyone dinosaurs. Not only did the four movies achieve critical acclaim, but they were also a huge success among the public and were box office hits worldwide.
With two more installments in store, now would be a good time to look at three fun facts that you may not know about the Jurassic Park franchise.
Ariana Richards made her name as an actress back in 1993 as Alexis (Lex) Murphy. Tim Murphy's sister and John Hammond's granddaughter, she is the elder of the two siblings and has enhanced computer skills. As the movie progresses, she becomes less and less scared of the dinosaurs and becomes more and more courageous. Ariana Richards played the role of Lex Murphy perfectly. The reason why she got the part, though, is very intriguing. According to Richards herself, she was the only one whose recorded scream was loud enough to awaken Steven Spielberg’s wife Kate Capshaw, forcing her to run down the hall to see if her kids were okay.
Jurassic Park III Dig
The Jurassic Park movies were works of fiction, of course, but they have some elements of reality in them. One of those elements was the dig in Jurassic Park III. In the opening minutes of the 2001 movie, archaeologists and scientists are shown to be working hard at a dig site. It was an actual footage of Jack Horner's excavation, which was filmed in early 2001. The site did contain several large fossils of some Hadrosaurs and Tyrannosaurs. It was quite interesting of the filmmakers to use actual footage in the movie. It made it all the more realistic, just as the scary Jurassic World slot machine, which is comprised of 5 reels 243 paylines and has enhanced graphics and takes the dinosaurs adventure to the next level.
The Spielberg Gag
If you are a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, then you will have noticed Stan Lee appearing in all the movies. The American comic-book writer who gave the world ever-lasting and beloved characters such as Spider-Man, the Hulk and Iron Man has made cameo appearances in nearly every one of the Marvel films between 1989 and 2017. This is not unique to Lee, though. The Jurassic Park movies have used a similar ‘gag’. Every single movie in the Jurassic Park franchise has references to another Spielberg Film. For example, in the 2015 movie Jurassic World, the great white shark being eaten is a homage to Jaws. In the Lost World, the posted for Hook is visible when the bus crashes into the front of the video rental store. Both Jaws and Hook were made by Spielberg.