With only three days left until the domestic release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom the release tour continues, with the cast and crew continuing to talk all things Jurassic with members of the press.
One of the more favored characters among audiences is Dr. Zia Rodriguez, a paleo-veterinarian portrayed by Daniella Pineda, and the actress herself revealed an important aspect of her character that didn’t actually make it into the final cut of the movie.
Daniella tells a Yahoo Entertainment-moderated chat:
Before the action kicks in, Owen and Zia are still in the “getting to know you” phase, so the paleo-veterinarian takes a moment to size up the ex-raptor trainer. “I look at Chris and I’m like: ‘Yeah, square jaw, good bone structure, tall, muscles,’” Pineda remembers.
“‘I don’t date men, but if I did, it would be you. It would gross me out, but I’d do it.’ I love that I’m looking at Chris Pratt, the hottest guy in the world, and I’m like, ‘It would gross me out, but I guess I would do it!’ It was also cool, because it was a little insight into my character. But they cut it.”
Check out the clip below:
Another fascinating fact that Daniella revealed was that the original cut of the movie had a run time of 2 hours and 40 minutes, a whopping 30 minutes longer than the current theatrical cut.
The duo [J.A. Bayona and Colin Trevorrow] also made the call to cut the scene, a decision that was largely due to run time. “Originally the cut was two hours and 40 minutes, and they were like, ‘This is too long,’” the actress tells us, adding that the scene ultimately wasn’t “relevant to the story, but it was a little glimmer into who she is.”
It’s not uncommon to hear that scenes were cut for the theatrical release of a movie, in fact it’s a major part of the post-production process and allows the editor and director to find the ideal pacing of the movie.
However, one of my gripes when I first saw the movie was the pacing and how quickly it moved on from scene to scene. There didn’t appear to be any breathing room between the action, so I feel like those extra 30 minutes could have benefited the movie’s pacing.
While it’s unclear if the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Blu-Ray release will feature any deleted scenes, we can hope that some of this extended footage will someday see the light of day, whether in a director’s cut or just as a featurette on the Blu-Ray.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has dominated the international box office, earning an estimated $151.1 during the opening weekend alone. Needless to say the release later this week domestically in the US is going to go out with an eruption, with projections expecting a $130-$150 million opening.
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