SNL's lost Jurassic Park auditions throw 1990s icons into a hopelessly lost world

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Mar 19, 2018

It’s official: Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom has some big dino tracks to fill. Saturday Night Live’s 1990s-spoofing dorkfest of found audition footage for the original Jurassic Park may be the best commemoration we’ve seen so far of the original film’s 25th anniversary. 

This past weekend’s Bill Hader-hosted episode of SNL packed in an audition reel of unlikely ‘90s celebrities from Sinbad to O.J. Simpson to Eddie Vedder, all shoehorned into Jurassic Park role tryouts that define the concept of playing against type. 

Hader himself took on Al Pacino (“Which dinosaur, again, do I buy the cocaine from?!”), and pretty much channeled Alan Alda for a fourth-wall-breaking impression of warden Robert "clever girl" Muldoon, made all the more silly by Alda’s aw-shucks, super-friendly demeanor.

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Elsewhere, we get Hugh Grant politely suggesting everyone needs to run like hell (“don’t mean to be a bother, but behind you, there’s a bit of a T-rex”) and Kate McKinnon’s Ellen DeGeneres going for a layup with her take on the famous reaction scene when the group stumbles across that giant heap of dino droppings (“I’ve had stools onstage before, but this is ridiculous!”) Ba-dum-tiss.

Later, McKinnon does her own channeling of a dead-on Jodie Foster, circa Silence of the Lambs, in a voiceover for the movie’s animated “Mr. DNA” strand that’s inappropriately, and hilariously, creepy. 

Kenan Thompson barely even has to try as Sinbad, who appears to be auditioning for the role of, well, Sinbad. In full standup mode and stalking an invisible stage with a mic, he isn’t even quoting dialogue from the movie — just cracking dumb dino jokes. Why is Sinbad’s wife a triceratops? Because “I wait downstairs, while she tries on … several tops!”

NBC aired the clip as Universal ramps up its marketing push for the launch of Fallen Kingdom, in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the June 1993 release of Steven Spielberg’s original film, which launched the still-expanding franchise.

While we doubt we’ll see 1990s staples like Gwen Stefani, Lisa Kudrow, or Jaleel White when it premieres this summer, at least we won’t have to wait much longer to be certain. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom hits theaters on June 22.