Over the weekend came the great news that Sam Neill is set to have a small role in Taika Waititi’s “Thor: Ragnarok” alongside his old “Jurassic Park” cast mate Jeff Goldblum. Sadly those hoping the pair may one day reprise their iconic roles of Alan Grant and Ian Malcolm respectively from the 1993 dinosaur theme park feature are likely in for a disappointment.
Out doing home video promotion for “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” Neill was asked if he might ever return to the ‘Jurassic’ franchise such as in the upcoming “Jurassic World 2”. Neill tells Slashfilm that “the call hasn’t come” and then offered an amusing explanation as to why he thinks Dr. Grant would not be back:
“I think the problem is that no one knows where Alan Grant is anymore. He’s retired from paleontology. He’s sick to death of dinosaurs and running. He’s not quite as fleet of foot as he was, and he’s now retired to Dayton, Ohio, and has a very successful accountancy business… I think that’s what’s happened to Alan. Either that or he’s dead…
How do you recover from all of that stuff? I don’t think therapists are trained to deal with post-dino stuff. No. I don’t think you get over it. Accountancy would be one way. “
Neill kept going with this riff, adding: “No one can find Grant. He’s disappeared. Someone found his hat. His hat was floating on the Hudson river, but that was the last ever heard of him.” “Jurassic World 2” meanwhile is slated to hit cinemas on June 22nd 2018.