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

Updated June 29, 2021 3.0k votes 411 voters 21.5k views13 items

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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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    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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    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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    The Triceratops Poop Was Covered In Honey To Attract Flies

    No one who's seen Jurassic Park could forget the massive mound of dinosaur excrement that figures prominently into the plot. Laura Dern's character famously sticks her arm into it at one point. Creating fake feces required a combination of elements, including honey

    The poop itself was a mixture of clay, mud, and straw - innocuous objects that look pretty gross when mixed together. As icing on the cake, the crew drizzled honey all over the big pile in order to draw swarms of flies. It was that little touch that really sold the illusion. 

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    Many Of The Dino Sounds Were Made From Recordings Of Real Animals Having Sex

    Sound designer Gary Rydstrom had the task of creating dinosaur sounds that seemed authentic. If the dinos sounded fake, it would ruin the effect. His solution was to utilize recordings of real animals having sex

    The barking noise made by the velociraptors, for example, is tortoises mating. The stampede of Gallimimus that chase Grant and Satler across a field make the sound of a female horse becoming aroused by a male. 

    Joked Rydstrom, "If people knew where the sounds in Jurassic Park came from, it'd be rated R!"

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