Actor Chris Pratt’s star is on the rise. He’ll be voicing the character Emmet for “The LEGO Movie” and later this summer he’ll be superhero Peter Quill/Star-Lord in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Now Pratt will play Owen in Universal’s “Jurassic World.” MTV had a chance to interview Pratt about why he took the role for the fourth film in the dinosaur franchise. At the same time, Pratt compared his experience working with director Colin Trevorrow to his time he spent with director James Gunn on “Guardians of the Galaxy.” This is what he had to say.
“What I liked about it was it answers the question of like, ‘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 THREE tries at it. They answer the question really well through this script; Colin did a great job of writing it, justifying it, and kind of, in his own way, having fun with that. So, anybody who goes in with that question will be really amused the way I was about how they answer that. That was really good and he’s got a great vision for the movie. His movie, “Safety Not Guaranteed,” he did a really good job. It’s awesome that Steven Spielberg is taking a chance on this guy because he’s got a really clear vision. We talked about it, I sat down with him, and it was kind of like me and James (Gunn.) We just kind of started getting excited about this. 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 gonna tell you this, but we want you to do it.’ I was like, ‘Really? Ok, oh my God…’ So, just like getting really excited about it.”
Trying to gauge his “Jurassic World” character, Pratt was asked if his character resembled Sam Neill’s Dr. Alan Grant or Jeff Goldblum’s Dr. Ian Malcolm. Pratt went on to say that Owen is a combination of the two veteran characters.
“That’s a good question. [My character] has got a little bit of the Goldblum cynicism, but also the Sam Neill excitement of the wonder of the biology of it all. It’s a combination.”
Pratt confirmed the “Jurassic World” will begin filming in Hawaii this April, before moving location to Louisiana in June. He was also impressed by actress Bryce Dallas Howard.
“We’re gonna start filming in about six weeks or something. [Bryce Dallas Howard] is so cool. She’s so great.”
“Jurassic World” is scheduled to open in theaters on June 12, 2015. The film stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jake Johnson, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan and Ty Simpkins. Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver wrote an early version of the script, while Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly wrote the current screenplay based on characters created by Michael Crichton. Colin Trevorrow directs.
Sources: MTV, IMDb