Chris Pratt shoots down popular Jurassic World fan theory
Sorry, Jurassic World fans: Chris Pratt is here to crush your hopes, dreams, and a relatively well-founded theory.
The Huffington Post recently asked the star about a theory that suggests that his character Owen Grady is actually the grown-up version of the boy seen at the beginning of the first Jurassic Park movie, and he said he doesn't think it holds any water.
Here's how the theory breaks down. In the original film, Whit Hertford plays a young boy who is seen volunteering at the dig site where Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) works. The boy doesn't have much respect for dinosaurs, saying that the velociraptor "doesn't look very scary. More like a six foot turkey." Grant doesn't respond well to this, telling him to imagine himself encountering said "turkey," which could slice him in half. You can watch the scene on YouTube.
The theory suggests that, following this encounter, that young child decided to spend the rest of his life learning about raptors, ending up with his job at Jurassic World. The theory is backed up by Owen saying that he and the raptors he cares for have "a relationship based on respect." The age range also fits with the time difference between the two films.
Pratt said he's heard the theory, but he doesn't think it's true. "It's sweet though," he added. "And I love that kid, and I love the idea of that possibility. But I do officially say, as the bastion of Owen's backstory, but not the creator of the character, that's not true. It'd be cooler if it was."
Pratt's comments conflict with the person who probably has a bit more authority over Owen: Jurassic World writer and director Colin Trevorrow. When asked by SlashFilm last year what he thought of the rumor, Trevorrow said, "I'm not sure I want to answer because the speculation is so much fun. Let's not kill the fun."
You hear that, Pratt? Let everyone have fun!
Hertford, who played the original character, has also said he's not a fan of the theory on Twitter.
Jurassic World's untitled sequel, which could reveal a bit more about Owen's mysterious (non-Jurassic Park-connected backstory), will be released on June 22, 2018. But you can get your Pratt fix before that when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is released on May 5.
In the meantime, check out some other fan theories that will make you see a few movies differently.