‘Jurassic World Dominion’: Sam Neill Calls Chris Pratt a ‘Genuine Action Hero’

Jurassic World Dominion is uniting the original cast of Jurassic Park with the new cast of Jurassic World. Since the first Jurassic Park, the franchise has moved toward being straight action films with Chris Pratt being the leading man. Sam Neill has been impressed with the work of Pratt, especially as an action star.

Chris Pratt and Sam Neill have similar roles in the ‘Jurassic World’ movies

Actor Chris Pratt attends the premiere of 'Jurassic World'
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Pratt and Neill are both the leading actors in their respective Jurassic films. In the original Jurassic Park, Neill plays Dr. Alan Grant, a paleontologist who is recruited by John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) to do an assessment of his dinosaur theme park. Since he is an expert on dinosaurs, he knows how their instincts work and the different traits of each species. 

In Jurassic World, Pratt plays Owen Grady, an animal behaviorist who is recruited by Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) to train the velociraptors at the park. Both Neill and Pratt’s characters are seen as experts on dinosaurs. However, the two differ in the sense that Pratt performs more physical stunts, making him more of an action star than a scientist. 

Sam Neill calls Chris Pratt a ‘genuine action hero’ in ‘Jurassic World Dominion’

Fandango recently shared an interview with the original three Jurassic Park cast members: Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum. During the conversation, Neill shared how impressed he was with Pratt and said that it taught him what it meant to be an action hero within this industry. 

“Chris Pratt is a genuine action hero,” Neill said. “That’s something we’ve never really done. The truth is we’re kind of nerds in unpleasant situations [laughs]. Whereas Pratt is amazing…And I’ve never really properly considered what do you do to be an action hero and it’s a whole bunch of skills that I’d never really considered. I find him to be completely awesome. Jeff Goldblum is a great action hero, but Pratt is another level, ok?”

Neill still had to do some stunts for the movie and he even talks about a scene where he had to run and was worried that he wouldn’t be able to keep up with his co-stars. However, he still managed to keep up to his own surprise. 

Chris Pratt has become one of the biggest action stars in Hollywood

Pratt initially gained recognition through his role as Andy Dwyer in NBC’s Parks and Recreation. Many knew him as a goofy, comedy actor but he quickly changed that with his leading role as Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy. He has reprised the role in several other Marvel projects including Avengers: Infinity War. He will return to the role once more in Thor: Love and Thunder and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

His role in Jurassic World cemented his status as an action hero, but he is still a gifted comedic actor as well, making him a dual-threat. Some of his upcoming roles are a bit odd, but will be curious to see as he is voicing Mario in a Super Mario movie and Garfield in an upcoming animated film.

Jurassic World Dominion stomps into theaters on June 10. 

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