Jurassic Park’s Age Gap Between Ellie & Alan Was Inappropriate, Says Dern

Dr. Ellie Sattler actor Laura Dern says the significant age gap between her character and Dr. Alan Grant in
Jurassic Park was inappropriate. First released in 1993, Steven Spielberg’s
Jurassic Park quickly become a massive hit as audiences flocked to see dinosaurs come to life on the big screen like never before. The film follows paleontologists Ellie and Alan (Sam Neill) as they tour a state-of-the-art dinosaur theme park that quickly devolves into a nightmarish struggle to survive after some of the dinosaurs escape their enclosures.,Dern would not appear in the film’s immediate sequel, 1997’s
The Lost World: Jurassic Park, but did appear in a somewhat minimal role in the third film,
Jurassic Park III. In the first film, Ellie and Alan were engaged in a romantic relationship, but the two characters disagreed on whether or not to have children. By the divisive 
Jurassic Park III, however, Ellie and Alan were no longer together and Ellie was married with children, although the two characters remained on friendly terms. Dern is slated to reprise her role once more in the upcoming
Jurassic World: Dominion alongside original
Jurassic Park co-stars Neill and Jeff Goldblum, which is scheduled to release later this summer.,Related: Jurassic Park: Why Alan Grant & Ellie Sattler Didn’t Return In The Lost World,In a new interview with
The Times, Dern reflects on her role in the original
Jurassic Park, in particular the significant age gap between her and Neill. Dern was 23 during the filming of
Jurassic Park while Neill was a full 20 years older, with Dern pointing out the notable discrepancy after Neill says,
“I am 20 years older than Laura!” Read Dern’s full response below:,Ellie is described in the original
Jurassic Park script as being in her late twenties and Alan in his mid-thirties, but the age difference between the actual actors who would play the parts is far more significant. The movie doesn’t outright say how old each of the characters is, but Ellie is clearly noticeably younger than Alan. Having been released in 1993, during a time when less attention was paid to problematic dynamics between men and women in film, it’s possible that the film’s producers didn’t realize (or didn’t care) that the age gap was inappropriate.,Although
Jurassic Park remains one of the most important and beloved movies of all time, it’s clear that not everything about the film has aged well, regardless of the intent of the filmmakers. It remains to be seen whether Ellie and Alan will be romantically involved in the upcoming
Jurassic World: Dominion but, if
Jurassic Park III is anything to go by, it would seem that the characters are more than happy just being friends. Dern’s comment serves as an important reminder that even movies as beloved as
Jurassic Park can contain elements that wouldn’t fly if the movie had been made today.,More: What Happened To Ellie Sattler After Jurassic Park (& Will She Return),Source: The Times