50 Things I Learned on the Set of Jurassic World

Jurassic World behind the scenes

The Story and Characters

Chris Pratt’s character Owen Grady is an ex-military guy doing behavioral research on the raptors.

Bryce Dallas Howard’s character Claire Dearing is the operations manager of the park. She sees the dinosaurs as assets and “she is sort of Malcolm’s worst nightmare. Like, you stood on the shoulders of the giants and now you just want to sell it.” Claire is a workaholic. She’s not here to make friends or have a good time, she is completely focused on her job. She is very type-A but not really connected to her real humanity. When she took the job she was inspired, but she has lost the awe for the park as she’s been there for eight years. She’s described as akin to an amazing hotel manager in Dubai.

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Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson play Gray and Zach, Claire’s nephews who came from Wisconsin at the beginning of the movie. Her sister, while mediating her divorce, has sent them to be with Claire in Jurassic World. The boys meet their aunt, who is very busy and gives them a bunch of fast passes and sends them off. (These are Raptor Pass bracelets, like the Magic bands at Disney World.) Of course things go wrong and the middle of the story is essentially Owen and Claire out in the jungle looking for these two boys.

Vincent D’Onofrio‘s character Vic Hoskins is the villain of the story.

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BD Wong reprises his role as Henry Wu from the original Jurassic Park. The actor shot the week before we were on set, in a scene with Irrfan Khan’s character Simon Masrani about the ethics of this park.

Irrfan Khan plays Simon Masrani, who is like the Richard Branson-like character who wants bigger and better without thinking if he should.

Jurassic World is about why we repeat our mistakes and how money drives us to do so. Unlike the other sequels, Jurassic World is aiming to feature the wonder and joy of the original for the first 45 minutes before it shoots you into terror.

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Jake Johnson plays Lowery, one of the Jurassic World employees stationed in the park’s control center hub.

In the scene we saw being filmed, Johnson’s character is wearing one of the old Jurassic Park t-shirts from the original park gift shop, which he bought for $150 off eBay. Mint condition t-shirts apparently go for upwards of $300.

Lowery serves as the voice of the audience on screen. He is concerned about the irresponsibility of the parks creators and the evolution of the capitalistic measures adopted by the park. The character is based off a screenwriter friend who is skeptical. Lowery has an story arc which hopefully will please audiences. His tech character doesn’t get to leave the Jurassic World control center. Johnson started shooting the same day Chris Pratt wrapped production.

Lowery is a fan of the original park and thinks its dumb that they have made a sequel. In one take the character says “The first park was legit, it didn’t need genetic hybrids, it was real.” Claire says the t-shirt is in poor taste since people died at that park.

Lowery complains about park’s corporate sponsorship, saying why don’t they just start allowing the corporations to name the dinosaurs: “Pepsi-saurus”

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