According to actor Sam Neill, audiences at the Jurassic Park premiere in Japan had cast fears that Steven Spielberg’s film might be a flop.
jurassic park Star Sam Neill explains why the film’s cast initially thought the film would be a flop in Japan. Released nearly 30 years ago in 1993, jurassic park stars Neill as scientist Dr. Alan Grant, working alongside Laura Dern’s Ellie Sattler and Jeff Golblum’s Ian Malcolm. Since then the Jurassic The franchise spawned several movie sequels as the saga achieved worldwide success. Neill continued to perform in Jurassic Park 3 and will soon reprise his role as Grant in the latest iteration of the Jurassic franchise, Jurassic World Dominionwhich comes out on Friday, June 10.
Not only the original jurassic park an incredibly well-received film by critics (it won three awards at the 1994 Oscars), but it ended up being a smash hit at the worldwide box office. Before the widespread distribution of jurassic park, the cast and crew went on tour with the film, and it was no small-scale event. Masses of people attended jurassic park world premieres, including esteemed guests like Princess Diana, who adored jurassic park. This publicity operation proved successful, since the film grossed over $1 billion at the worldwide box office.
Neill, however, reveals a country in which he thought jurassic park would fail: Japan. In an interview with QGNeill revealed that he often sat in the audience during the film’s tour to see the responses. Neill explained that audience reactions were quite different depending on where the film was shown. In the United States, for example, Neill says “people are really loud.” However, when jurassic park premiered in Japan, the audience sat there in “stony silence all along.” Unlike American audiences, Japanese viewers weren’t shocked by the scary jumps or dangerous dinosaur stakeout scenes, nor laughed at the jokes of Grant or other characters. This led Neill to believe that audiences hated the film.
“I must have watched it half a dozen times when we traveled around the world to present it, and I enjoyed sitting in the theater and watching people’s reaction. It was very different wherever we be. In America, people are really loud. They yell and scream at everything. In Japan, there was a stony silence all along: they didn’t laugh at any jokes, they didn’t shout at any scares. They were just a completely still audience. And we looked at each other when the lights came on, we were like, ‘Well, that’s not going to work here. I don’t think they like it at all.’ came out of the theater, and everyone was silent. Then when we got to the street, we were mobbed. They actually loved it.
Of course, it turned out that Neill’s first impressions of the Japanese public’s potential reaction to jurassic park were wrong, which was clearly demonstrated by the excited crowds after the screening. Although by then Neill had been an experienced crowd watcher at these events, it seems the actor’s revelation that different audiences react in different ways proved insightful. Although viewers of Japan’s jurassic park premiering weren’t as vocally expressive as the boisterous American crowd, Steven Spielberg’s classic action/adventure flick was far from a flop in the country, grossing over $120 million at the Japanese box office.
jurassic park was just the first in a worldwide phenomenon of dinosaur-filled blockbusters. And although many years have passed since Spielberg’s 1993 film and its then groundbreaking special effects, the latest Jurassic the films were still hugely successful at the box office. jurassic world topped the original film’s worldwide gross, and its sequel did nearly as well too. As the next installment in the franchise, Jurassic World Dominion hitting theaters later this week will prove whether or not the world still praises this saga as they did during the jurassic park world firsts.
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