13 Behind-The-Scenes Stories From 'Jurassic Park' That Prove Filmmakers... Find A Way

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Vote up the most interesting 'Jurassic Park' behind-the-scenes facts.

Jurassic Park behind-the-scenes stories tend to mirror the movie itself; both are filled with action and excitement. Both also have a streak of humor running right down the middle. Steven Spielberg's 1993 adventure was more than a blockbuster - it was an outright phenomenon. People went to see it multiple times, dazzled by the groundbreaking visual effects that realistically made dinosaurs come back to life. The memorable characters and nail-biting suspense were draws, too.

From a malfunctioning Tyrannosaurus rex, to the unusual way the raptors' sound was created, to a literal hurricane, the cast and crew of Jurassic Park overcame many challenges. The following stories from the making of this modern classic will give you the scoop on how it all went down. You'll have an even stronger appreciation for the movie after you know all the care and devotion that went into bringing Michael Crichton's best-selling novel to the screen. 

Which of these behind-the-scenes tales from Jurassic Park is the coolest? Your votes will decide. 


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    Excessive Rain Made The T. Rex Malfunction And Come Alive, Terrifying The Crew

    The scene in which the T. rex reveals itself has become a classic moment of cinematic suspense. When it emerges from the dark, rainy night, the audience gets a chill. Filming that scene proved just as scary for the crew as it would for the audience.

    The dinosaur puppet was powered by electricity. When the rain machines were turned on, the excessive amount of water got absorbed by the material used to make its skin. That, in turn, messed with the electronics, causing the dinosaur to malfunction. Its head would begin to shake unexpectedly, which made it seem to be coming alive on its own. 

    Crew members solved the problem by continually drying it off with towels. 

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    Jeff Goldblum’s Character Was Supposed To Be A Coward When The T. Rex Came, But Goldblum Was Having None Of That

    Ian Malcolm has long been a fan favorite. The character, played by Jeff Goldblum, is a math whiz, but instead of being stereotypically nerdy, he radiates cool. Had the role been played as originally intended, Malcolm might not have made such an impact.

    Initially, he was supposed to turn and run when the characters are attacked by the T. rex. Goldblum nixed that idea, suggesting that Malcolm use himself as bait to distract the dino while Grant rushes in to save the children. Spielberg liked the idea, and the character became heroic. 

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    Spielberg Made Dinosaur Noises On Set To Help The Actors, But It Made Their Job Harder

    Because there were obviously no actual dinosaurs on set, the cast of Jurassic Park had to use their imagination. As is often the case with CGI-heavy movies, tennis balls were used to help the actors know where to look. Director Steven Spielberg attempted to help further by making dinosaur noises on the set, but at least one of his stars didn't feel that was helpful.

    Sam Neill described the filming of the scene in the raptor pen, saying Spielberg "was holding a bullhorn and roaring in a not very convincing way. It’s difficult enough acting to a tennis ball, but it’s even harder when you’re trying not to laugh."

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    The T. Rex Puppet Was So Big, The Building It Was In Had To Be Enlarged

    Although many of the dinosaurs were CGI, several scenes required the use of puppets in order to interact with the human stars. That included the T. rex. Special effects whiz Stan Winston was brought on to design it.

    True to form, the tyrant lizard puppet was massive - 36 feet long and 18 feet tall, to be precise. In fact, it was so big that Winston realized the building that housed it needed to be enlarged. To accomplish this, the roof was raised and a bigger door was installed so the crew could get the puppet out.

    The final puppet was, according to First Assistant Director John Kretchmer, "absolutely breathtaking. It was the most incredible puppet you could imagine seeing."