‘Jurassic Park’ Door-Lock Confusing Moment Finally Explained By Joe Mazzello
Twenty-five years after “Jurassic Park,” life’s finally found a way to address one of the movie’s most head-scratching moments.
Let’s set the scene: Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and paleobotanist Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) are struggling to hold a door closed, as pursuing raptors paw at the other side. Ellie desperately tries to wrangle a gun lying nearby on the floor, but it’s just out of her reach. Acting fast, child hacker Lex (Ariana Richards) tries to activate the door locks on the Unix system. Her brother Tim ... just stands there.
Well, at one point Tim does jump up and down. But, for the most part, he just stands behind his sister while Alan and Ellie struggle. Over the years, the odd moment has inspired some frustrated parodies. But none answered the question: Why, Tim? Why?
“Mistakes were made, OK? Mistakes were made” Joe Mazzello, the actor who played Tim, recently told me.
“It was a high-pressure situation,” he noted. “Maybe Dr. Grant didn’t want an 8-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.”
“Maybe the gun thing was a mistake,” he added, “but all’s well that ends well.”
And it has ended up pretty well for Mazzello. Since his “Jurassic Park” days, the actor has appeared in high-profile projects like “The Social Network” and “The Pacific.” In his latest role, he’s a dead ringer for Queen bassist John Deacon in the Freddie Mercury/Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.”