Disclaimer: This post contains minor spoilers for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
Ian Malcolm’s face was plastered all over the ads for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, though as many fans noted from the beginning, all we saw of him was a few shots of him in a courtroom. This would lead many to believe that’s all we’d actually see of him when the film actually hit theaters…and that belief turned out to be 100% correct.
Malcolm himself was only in a scene near the beginning of the film when discussing his desire to let the dinosaurs of Isla Nublar go extinct, and one last scene near the end, where he said “welcome to Jurassic World.” But were there ever any other plans to have him play a more integral role? According to writer Colin Trevorrow — who spoke with the Empire Film Podcast — nah, not really.
“We never [had plans to use him more]. It always felt really cheap to me. It always felt fake. It felt like a construct of screenwriters trying to figure out how to fit in a character they love. I have so much respect for those characters I just wouldn’t want them doing anything I don’t think they’d naturally do.”
I’m sure plenty of you have your own thoughts about Trevorrow, but I agree wholeheartedly. After being heavily involved in two incidents involving dinosaurs, I can’t imagine he’d be stupid enough to involve himself in this yet again. Instead, he’s off in his little world, crying out all doom-and-gloom, just as one would expect someone of his age and intelligence to do.
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