“Jurassic Park” Stars Laura Dern And Sam Neill Thought It Was Normal To Cast A 23 Year-Old As The Love Interest Of Someone In Their 40s

by Ricardo Johnson

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"I am 20 years older than Laura! Which at the time was a completely appropriate age difference for a leading man and lady!"

Alrighty, so if you've seen the 1993 movie Jurassic Park , then you're likely very aware of the romance between Laura Dern's Ellie Sattler and Sam Neill's Alan Grant.

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Perhaps, less commented on is the age difference between Laura and Sam, given that Laura was just 23 when the movie was shot, and Sam was 44.

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Well, ahead of both actors appearing in the new Jurassic World Dominion movie, Laura and Sam discussed their age difference with the Sunday Times.

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“Laura was a tender age," Sam recalled. “I am 20 years older than Laura! Which at the time was a completely appropriate age difference for a leading man and lady!"

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“It never occurred to me until I opened a magazine and there was an article called ‘Old geezers and gals.’ People like Harrison Ford and Sean Connery acting with much younger people," he continued. “And there I was, on the list.”

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As for Laura, she said her thoughts on the matter had evolved with time. “Well, it felt completely appropriate to fall in love with Sam Neill," she said.

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Laura continued, "It was only now, when we returned in a moment of cultural awareness about the patriarchy, that I was, like, ‘Wow! We’re not the same age?’”

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