Jurassic Park Came Out More Than 25 Years Ago – And Its Child Stars Have Really Grown Up

Jurassic Park is one of the most famous and successful films ever made. Its plot involves dinosaurs, of course, and it also stars two adorable children. Indeed, Lex and Tim, played by Ariana Richards and Joseph Mazzello, are one of the reasons for the movie’s enduring popularity. Despite this, the franchise eventually moved on without them, and they don’t appear in the Jurassic World films that have been released since. You may be wondering, therefore, just what are the actors up to now that they’re adults?

Well, we’ll find that out later, but for now, let’s take a closer look at their roles in the story. Lex and Tim are menaced by dinosaurs throughout all of Jurassic Park. But don’t worry – they do come out of it alive. The siblings are initially invited to the park as a distraction from their parents’ divorce. When everything goes wrong and the dinosaurs escape, though, they find a father figure in Dr. Alan Grant.

The director of the film, Steven Spielberg, needed a pair of talented children to portray Lex and Tim. And as it turns out, the ability to scream well didn’t go amiss, either. In fact, it was partly Richards’ bloodcurdling screech that got her the role of Lex.  And she was so good at it that she apparently terrified Spielberg’s wife, Kate Capshaw.

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Yes, Richards repeated the story to the Daily Mail in 2015. “Steven told me that he’d been watching a few of the tapes of the girls who were all up for my role and his wife, Kate, was asleep on the couch,” she said. “He then watched my tape of me screaming, and Kate suddenly leaped up off the couch and ran into the hallway screaming, ‘Steven, Steven, are the kids okay?’”

Richards continued, “A moment where I wasn’t physically there changed my life.” Moreover, her on-screen brother, Mazzello, has a similar story of unexpected success. He told Entertainment Weekly in 2013, “Steven had me screen-test with Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman for Hook. I was just too young for the role. And because of that, Steven came up to me and said, ‘Don’t worry about it, Joey. I’m going to get you in a movie this summer.’”

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Needless to say, the filming of Jurassic Park was a fantastic experience for both Richards and Mazzello. “It felt like a real Jurassic Park when we were there, the creatures were so incredibly lifelike,” Richards told the Daily Mail. “They moved in a realistic manner, thanks to as many as six guys working their bodies, and it was a golden age for special-effects creatures.”

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And even the hurricane that hit on the last day of shooting didn’t ruin their good time. Richards recalled, “the waves were 30 feet high, all the palm trees on the island were snapped like matchsticks, there were 150 mph winds. It was just incredible. I’ll never forget it. The cast and crew gathered together in this big ballroom at our hotel, and it was actually a very bonding experience for us all.”

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Richards then added, “It helped me forge some lifelong friendships, and I’ll never forget how Steven was concerned about Joey and myself being okay. He really wanted to make sure we weren’t scared, and so he hung out with us and started telling us ghost stories to distract us from the hurricane. And seriously, it worked, because I was more afraid of the ghost stories than I was of the hurricane.”

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What’s more, Richards also got to bond with Richard Attenborough. The late actor, who is regarded as a legend of the British film industry, played the children’s grandfather, John Hammond. And Richards told the Daily Mail what he was like during filming. “Richard had such a great sense of humor, and I had so much fun with him on the days we were on set together,” she said.

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Filming the big dinosaur set-pieces proved to be memorable as well. Yes, in 2013 Mazzello told Entertainment Weekly, “On my birthday, we were doing the kitchen scene, and I was supposed to run into the freezer. I was chased by the raptor, and they had him on wheels. They were rolling after me, and I was supposed to go left, and it’s supposed to go right. The one time I go left, I turn around, and it’s following me left, and the claw just hit me right in the head.”

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“I had a nice bump on my head after that,” Mazzello recalled. “But it was a good birthday. Actually, the hurricane happened on Ariana’s birthday. So either natural disasters or we were getting beaten up by dinosaurs, but there was always something going on on our birthdays on that shoot.”

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In the same interview, Richards also referred to the freezer scene. “There’s that part where I’m supposed to run towards the freezer and save my brother from the raptor. We had done one take, and Steven came over to me and was able to let me know, ‘Okay, Ariana, I want you to really let loose for this.’ So I did. I really went berserk, just totally hysterical. And that was the shot he used.”

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So, when Jurassic Park came out in the summer of 1993, it was instantly a massive hit. On its opening weekend, in fact, it made close to $50 million. Moviegoers queued around the block to see it, but even then they were occasionally disappointed as seats sold out quickly. And a very famous royal happened to turn up for the U.K. premiere as well.

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Indeed, Princess Diana attended, and Richards got to meet her. “I had such vivid memories of that great night,” Richards told the Daily Mail. “Steven stood next to me at the premiere, and just before Diana arrived he handed me the bouquet of flowers and said to me: ‘Now Arianna, out of the lot of us here you are the only one who will remember the right thing to say to the princess.’”

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Suddenly, Richards and Mazzello were famous. Mazzello described how his life changed in his interview Entertainment Weekly in 2013. “It was wild. I couldn’t leave the house. I would be walking down the street, and I would get mobbed.” It just showed, then, what a huge success Jurassic Park had been. And in the end, it would bring in around $900 million across the globe.

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Mazzello and Richards then found themselves in a rather good position. They were old enough to appreciate the success that they’d already achieved yet young enough to still have time to figure out their life goals. Richards, it seems, wanted to become an artist. In fact, even while on the Jurassic Park set she’d demonstrated her interest in painting.

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Yes, the film actually gave her the opportunity to experiment with her art, as she told People magazine in 2013. “I wanted to boil down the whole experience of Jurassic into my art. I painted an image of me from the Jell-O scene.” As you may remember, the scene in question is one of the film’s most famous. She continued, “I ended up presenting Steven with one of my paintings at the end of filming. He still has them.”

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Mazzello was also interviewed by People in the same article, which was a special “where are they now” piece for Jurassic Park’s 20th anniversary. By contrast, he had remained in the acting profession, appearing in films such as Shadowlands, The River Wild and The Cure. He, too, had plenty of praise for Spielberg.

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Mazzello said, “My time with Steven on Jurassic Park affected where I wanted to go to school and what I wanted to do with my life.” He also revealed an inspiring detail about the famous director. “Steven wrote me a recommendation for USC to go to film school. Believe it or not, I got in,” Mazzello explained. “He’s been there for me throughout my life whenever I really needed him.”

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Moreover, the relationship between Mazzello and Spielberg also led to Mazzello being cast in Spielberg’s The Pacific, despite the director not knowing that Mazzello was still pursuing an acting career at the time. As Mazzello explained to People magazine in 2010, “He actually told me that on the day that I showed up for my fourth audition for this thing that he looked at his paper and saw my name and that was the first time he even knew I was auditioning for this.”

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Mazzello also said that he suspected his close relationship with the director didn’t play a part in his casting. “When I got in the room, yes, he gave me a hug, and it was great to see him. But then I knew it was down to business. Steven Spielberg cares too much about his projects to do any actor a favor when $200 million is on the line,” Mazzello recalled.

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He continued, “I knew he was going to give me a fair shot, I knew that he had known me from the past and had hired me before, so I probably had a leg up there. But then again, I also started thinking, ‘If he doesn’t hire me, then does that mean I’m no good anymore? Or does he think I stink now?’ All those thoughts went through my head. Luckily, hey, he liked what I did.”

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Mazzello has now racked up a long list of notable acting credits, too. In 2018, for example, he appeared in the Oscar-nominated Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, playing John Deacon alongside Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury. That same year, Mazzello talked about his career with HuffPost and detailed how he’d come to be cast in that award-winning movie.

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“I was in London when it was announced that [my co-star in The Pacific] Rami Malek was going to play Freddie. And I’ve known Rami for years, so I thought that was really cool,” Mazzello said. “I was with my manager, and he was like, ‘Hey, I actually know one of the producers. Let’s go and see them because they’re in London.’”

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Mazzello continued, “[My manager] sort of did a soft pitch of me at a bar and was like, ‘Hey, you should put Joe in your movie.’ They were like, ‘Oh, do you play guitar?’ And I was like, ‘Not as good as Queen,’ and they were like, ‘OK, hmm.’ I was like, well this is never happening, so I basically forgot about it. I appreciate my overzealous manager, but it’s not happening.”

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Mazzello then filled in the gaps of the story. “It was probably about three weeks. I got a text from my manager again saying, “Hey, guess what? They’re interested in you for Bohemian Rhapsody. You look a lot like John Deacon, the bassist,’” he recalled. “I did a little Google search of John Deacon and then immediately called my mother and said, ‘Mom, where were you in 1983? You have some explaining to do.’” And, of course, he got the role.

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In the HuffPost piece, the interviewer went on to ask Mazzello about some famous Jurassic Park conundrums regarding Tim’s character. For example, why doesn’t Tim hand Ellie Sattler the gun when she’s struggling to reach it, with a velociraptor about to burst its way through the door she’s holding? And Mazzello seemingly had the answer, too.

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Mazzello said, “It was a high-pressure situation. Maybe Dr. Grant didn’t want an eight-year-old boy handling a gun. That’s one theory, but all I have to say is… I wasn’t a complete bozo in the movie. Tim at least understood, ‘Hey, don’t shine the light in the T-Rex’s face.’ So I’ll give myself credit for that one.”

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Question number two was: why didn’t Tim climb through the park’s electric fence instead of over it? And Mazzello responded with an anecdote. “Do you know what’s funny? I love heights. I’m like the exact opposite, so when we did that scene and we’re supposed to be climbing, I climbed up faster than anyone and got to the top, and suddenly everyone had a freak-out.”

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“Steven Spielberg ran out from video village and was like, ‘No, no, no, no, no! Joey, Joey, come down slowly. Slowly drop down,’” Mazzello continued. “Everyone was terrified that I was going to get hurt. And I was up there like it was a jungle gym, having the time of my life.” Poor Tim wasn’t so lucky, however, as he gets electrocuted and needs CPR in the movie.

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Mazzello then admitted, “I think that maybe when [the filmmakers] made the fence, they didn’t realize how small I was, that probably, yeah, I could’ve fit through. But I think in the close-ups, you actually see a different fence. You actually see that it was a little bit smaller. In this day and age, with blu-ray and high definition, yeah, you maybe see some flaws. But let’s suspend disbelief and not try to get too far in the weeds.”

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And while Mazzello continued his acting career, Richards followed her dreams and became an acclaimed painter. It’s in her genes, as it turns out. Her grandmother was related to Carlo Crivelli, you see, who was a Renaissance artist. But that’s not all. Richards’ paintings have won awards, including a first-place prize in the 2005 National Professional Oil Painting Competition.

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Richards discussed her art career with Hey U Guys in 2011. Since starring in the film, she’d been to college and after that “went right into a very extensive mentoring program with some of the best artists in the country for traditional oil painting.” While she loved her work, she also admitted that she’s “not closing any doors,” pointing out that “if you love acting, it’s always there.”

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Hey U Guys asked Richards about the possibility of her returning for a then-unnamed Jurassic Park sequel. And she was uncertain about the prospect. “Steven once said to me that he’d be interested in doing a ‘talking’ movie with me as opposed to what I did as Lex, which was a lot of screaming,” Richards explained. “I’m not totally sure that if Jurassic 4 happens it will be a ‘talking’ movie.”

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The film, Jurassic World, finally made it to theaters in 2015. It starred Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard and told the story of what happened when the dinosaur theme park finally re-opened to the public. Like the original, the movie was a big financial success and went on to post the fifth-highest box office earnings ever.

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Another sequel, titled Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, came out in 2018. However, many critics considered the film to be inferior to both its predecessor and the original movie. For example, one review on The Verge said, “Fallen Kingdom’s first act feels like a Jurassic Park greatest-hits reel… It’s as if the filmmakers are rotely checking off a list of Jurassic Park signifiers, and their apathy is palpable.”

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Nonetheless, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was notable for featuring Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcolm, one of the most famous characters from the original movie. B.D Wong, the actor who played Dr. Henry Wu in Jurassic Park, also popped up in both the World movies. So, maybe Tim and Lex could also return one day?

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Well, in 2018 Bleeding Cool asked Richards if she would consider returning for another Jurassic Park sequel. “Absolutely,” she answered. “If I get invited to come back to play a role in any of the new Jurassic movies, I would be totally thrilled. I would say yes. Because I love acting, and I’m sure I’ll be doing more of it in the future.”

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In the same year, HuffPost asked Mazzello if he’d seen the new movies. “I actually haven’t seen the most recent one, I have to be honest,” he admitted. “But I am loving that they are so successful and that a younger generation is really getting into Jurassic Park, because I think it’s such a great franchise.”

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Mazzello also shed light on whether his character will make a comeback. He said, “You never know. [It’d be] a fun thing, maybe, if Tim Murphy reappeared, but that is not up to me. So I guess we’ll see what happens,” Mazzello added. At the moment, the third Jurassic World film is scheduled for release in June 2021, but the plot has yet to be revealed. So, perhaps it’s finally time for Tim and Lex to make their grand returns to the dinosaur world.

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As we’ve already established, Jurassic Park is among the most well-known franchises in popular culture. And with the new film coming out next year, this acclaim looks set to continue. But what many fans won’t know is that the movies so far are full of clever little references that even the most eagle-eyed probably missed.

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Despite the fact that the franchise now comes to include anything from novels to video games and theme park rides, it’s still the movies that really stand out. And for the truly committed fans, the films are brimming with little Easter eggs and references to ensure that each watch always provides something new to ponder over.

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20. The Jurassic World theme park frequently draws on Disney World

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Disney World is probably the most famous theme park on the planet, so it’s perhaps not surprising that it serves as inspiration for Jurassic World. And while looking at certain features in Jurassic World, we can see some similarities between these and their equivalents at the Disney attraction. Take, for example, the monorail.

The monorail, after all, is arguably the easiest means of transport at the Disney World resort in Florida. One could say the same about Jurassic World, too, since its monorail travels to 12 different stops, allowing its guests to see all of its attractions. But that’s not all that Jurassic World takes from its real-life counterpart: it has a strip resembling Disney’s Main Street, U.S.A. to boot.

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19. A seatbelt gag serves as explicit foreshadowing

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As the characters first make for Isla Nublar in the first Jurassic Park movie, their helicopter hits a bumpy patch, meaning they must strap in their seatbelts. And while Dr. Alan Grant discovers that his belt consists of two female ends, he nevertheless works out a solution. Tying the parts together, he forms a functioning seatbelt.

Therefore, Dr. Grant makes the two female ends work – just as the dinosaurs do. You see, all the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park were made female to ensure that they wouldn’t reproduce. Even so, the amphibian DNA used in their creation means that some can change their gender to allow for breeding. In that way, the dinosaurs find a way to work with all-female parts.

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18. Nedry watches a movie that Spielberg may recognize

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Before Dennis Nedry is killed in the first film, he has a lot of blood on his hands. For one, it’s his scheme to provide a competitor with Jurassic Park’s dinosaur embryos that ensures the creatures escape. The computer programmer apparently still finds time to chill out between his periods of meddling, however.

In one scene, for instance, we see Nedry at his desk with a film on his desktop computer. Look really closely, and you’ll see that the flick is actually Jaws – one of Steven Spielberg’s most famous movies. So, in spite of being somewhat despicable, it seems that the character has good taste in thrillers, at least.

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17. The dinosaur that kills Nedry shows up in Jurassic World

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When Nedry eventually meets his demise, it comes at the expense of a Dilophosaurus. At first, it seems as though the creature is quite a calm and curious thing, since it stalks Nedry almost playfully. But pretty soon the dinosaur reveals its true colors by displaying a frightful frill on its neck and emitting venom.

Then the Dilophosaurus finishes Nedry off in the front seat of his car. But this isn’t the last we see of the beast. Though it’s unclear if the species survived the events of the first film, a hologram of a Dilophosaurus appears in Jurassic World.

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16. The voice on the Jurassic World monorail is The Incredibles director Brad Bird

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Brad Bird has had quite the career. He was present as a creative consultant during the first nine seasons of The Simpsons, for instance, before going on to direct movies such as The Incredibles and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. Bird also served, it turns out, as something of a role model to Colin Trevorrow, who directed Jurassic World.

In a 2015 interview with the website Slash Film, Trevorrow said that Bird was “a great mentor and friend.” Bird even took Trevorrow onto the set of his 2015 film Tomorrowland, showing him the ropes of crafting a blockbuster. And so when Trevorrow was in charge of his own massive project, he decided to repay Bird with a small role as the voice of the Jurassic World monorail.

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15. Trevorrow’s own voice pops up in the film too

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Trevorrow even appears in his own movie. Mr. DNA was an animated strand of DNA that appeared in the first Jurassic Park film to explain the concept of the park to visitors. Back in 1993, the part was voiced by Greg Burson.

However, Burson died in 2008, and so when Mr. DNA reappeared in Jurassic World, a new voice was required. During the making of the film, then, Trevorrow voiced the character, intending to find a proper replacement later. Given that the director’s impression of Burson was uncanny, though, it was left in the film – albeit with a few effects added to Trevorrow’s voice.

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14. Jurassic Tennis is an idea that seemingly stuck

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In a scene from the first movie, Dr. Ian Malcolm, Donald Gennero, Dr. Grant, John Hammond and Ellie Sattler are seen having lunch in a dining hall. More meticulous viewers may remember that presentation slides are being projected onto a screen behind the characters, with one of these simply reading “Jurassic Tennis.”

Yet while “Jurassic Tennis” may initially have appeared as an inconsequential idea, it seems that it was eventually realized. In Jurassic World, you see, the concept appears again – although this time as an advertisement on a screen in the Creation Lab. We can only assume, then, that the theme park’s organizers thought it was a sport worth pursuing.

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13. Jurassic World nods to Dr. Malcolm’s chaos theory explanation

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Jeff Goldblum’s character in the Jurassic Park franchise is a specialist in chaos theory. Dr. Malcolm frequently mentions the concept, too, even anticipating the theme park’s troubles by using it. And luckily for the less clued-in viewers, he also explains exactly what chaos theory is all about.

In particular, Dr. Malcolm demonstrates the theory by showing that water drops landing in the same place on Ellie Sattler’s hand then move in different directions. Yet while that scene may be a memorable one, it’s still easy to miss it being referenced in Jurassic World. There, instead of water, two drops of blood fall onto a soldier’s arm – and then move in different directions.

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12. Dr. Malcolm’s book appears in Jurassic World

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Even though Dr. Malcolm doesn’t actually appear in Jurassic World, his fingerprints are all over the movie. On top of his explanation of chaos theory being referenced, his book God Creates Dinosaurs also pops up. In fact, it appears twice.

We first see the work in the hands of Claire Dearing’s aide Zara Shealy while she is traveling on the monorail. It’s just about possible to make out the book’s cover, as she runs an eye over it while behind a child. God Creates Dinosaurs is on Lowery Cruthers’ desk, too.

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11. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays King Lear

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In 1997’s The Lost World, one scene sees a bus crash into a Blockbuster movie rental store in San Diego. And the shop is full of made-up film posters, including those for purported Robin Williams feature Jack and the Behnstalks and Tom Hanks vehicle Tsunami Sunrise. However, perhaps the most interesting poster stars Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Somewhat amusingly, the image depicts Schwarzenegger as William Shakespeare’s King Lear. And Spielberg actually commissioned Drew Struzan to create the artwork – Struzan being the man behind some of the most famous movie posters ever seen, including some for the Back to The Future and Star Wars franchises.

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10. Real-life paleontologist Jack Horner is given a cameo

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Jack Horner made his name in the field of paleontology after discovering the Maiasaura dinosaur and is believed to be the inspiration behind the character of Dr. Alan Grant. That’s not his only link to the Jurassic Park films, though, as Horner has acted as an advisor to the production of the movie series.

Clearly, then, Horner is an essential figure to the franchise. And the filmmakers decided to provide him with a cameo as a result. In Jurassic World, after Chris Pratt’s Owen Brady displays his authority inside the Velociraptor compound, Horner is seen as one of the workers. He high-fives a colleague and is acknowledged by Vincent D’Onofrio’s character, Vic Hoskins.

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9. Spielberg himself can be vaguely seen in The Lost World

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When Steven Spielberg signed up to produce Jurassic Park’s 1997 sequel, he was also busy with his fledgling animation studio, DreamWorks. As such, he wasn’t quite sure if he would direct the film. In fact, Joe Johnston, who later directed the third film, offered to take the reins should Spielberg have been unavailable.

As it turned out, of course, Spielberg directed The Lost World. And he also managed to make the haziest of cameos in the film, along with some of the other producers. In one scene towards the end, it’s just possible to discern their faces reflecting off a television screen.

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8. The Jurassic World theme park is bursting with sponsors

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Watching Jurassic World, you may find yourself absorbing messages subliminally. That’s because the film is chock-full of corporate brands. So much so, in fact, that a marketing business has attempted to take stock of them all.

According to Concave Brand Tracking, Samsung shows up in the movie the most, with its products present in multiple scenes. One of the buildings in the Jurassic World park is even called the Samsung Innovation Center. Other brands that can be seen throughout the film include Mercedes-Benz, Bose and Alpha.

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7. Even Jimmy Buffett’s chain gets in on the act

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It may be fair to question whether Jimmy Buffett is better known today for his music or his Margaritaville restaurants. Margaritaville is, after all, the chain that is clearly seen in Jurassic World in addition to all the other brands. Look closely, too, and you’ll also find the man himself.

During a Dimorphodon and Pteranadon attack, panic ensues throughout the theme park. One character in particular attempts to escape the danger – but not at the expense of spilling his precious margaritas. This person, of course, is Jimmy Buffett.

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6. A movie about Pterosaurs plays at the theater as the same species attacks outside

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In one scene in Jurassic World, Pterosaurs wreak havoc from the sky. They swoop down and rip people from the ground, tossing them around like rag dolls, with the park being driven into disarray as a consequence.

Amidst the chaos of the Pterosaurs, though, you may notice a strangely apt movie theater in the scene. It’s the Pterosauria: The IMAX Experience venue, and it tells the tale of Jurassic World’s dinosaurs.

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5. There’s a tribute to one of the men responsible for bringing the original film to life

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Nestled among all the genuine brands such as Samsung and IMAX in Jurassic World are a few fictional businesses. One, for example, is called Winston’s Steakhouse. But this isn’t a throwaway name by any stretch of the imagination.

In fact, Winston’s Steakhouse is named after a pivotal figure within the Jurassic Park franchise. Stan Winston was a legendary special effects designer, known for his work on the Terminator movies and the initial Jurassic Park trilogy. He died in 2008, but his Oscar-winning contribution to the Jurassic Park franchise saw him worthy of a mention in Jurassic World.

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4. Nedry’s outfits are seemingly inspired by The Goonies

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Dennis Nedry has already been mentioned a few times on this list, which is fitting given that his character is responsible for a lot of what happens in the franchise. Yet while Nedry’s choice of outfits wouldn’t immediately seem worthy of much consideration, fans of The Goonies may have noticed something curious.

In particular, Nedry’s clothes in Jurassic Park seem to match a number of the kids’ garments from the classic ’80s movie. This doesn’t just happen on one occasion, either, but three times. Presumably this was a conscious decision, then, especially as Spielberg and producer Kathleen Kennedy worked on both films.

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3. The very same Tyrannosaurus rex from the first film appears in Jurassic World

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At the end of Jurassic Park, the terrifying Tyrannosaurus rex is attacked and bitten by a smaller Velociraptor. But this, as it turns out, isn’t the last time we see the beast. In fact, she appears again in Jurassic World and its sequel, Fallen Kingdom.

But do we know for sure that this is the same dinosaur, rather than another of the same species? Well, if you look closely at the Tyrannosaurus rex, you’ll notice a series of scars lining its neck – marks shaped by the claws of a Velociraptor. Indeed, director Colin Trevorrow has confirmed that these were included to illustrate the dinosaur’s ageing between the movies.

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2. Jimmy Fallon shows up to host a video tour – much like he does in real life

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As we’ve seen, Jurassic World is full of cameos. And one of the more obvious appearances by a celebrity comes by way of Jimmy Fallon presenting a safety video. Yet while the clip leaves no doubt as to the talk-show host’s identity, it’s nevertheless easy to miss its more meta implications.

You see, Fallon really does serve as the host of a theme park expedition. Over at Universal Studios Hollywood, he appears on a screen to take visitors on a behind-the-scenes tour around the lot. So aside from providing a bit of slapstick to Jurassic World, Fallon’s cameo is actually a nod to his real-life endeavors.

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1. The boat in The Lost World is the same one that carried King Kong

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In The Lost World, a Tyrannosaurus rex is taken from Isla Sorna to America by ship. The vessel, called the S.S. Venture, eventually crashes, and the fearsome creature duly escapes to wreak havoc upon San Diego. But, of course, the dinosaur is not the only famous movie monster to travel to the U.S. by boat.

After all, King Kong was also famously taken from his homeland to America by ship. And the name of that boat? The S.S. Venture, of course. In a fitting tribute to the archetypal movie monster, The Lost World makes use of the very vessel that once carried the gargantuan gorilla to be displayed in New York.

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