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Watch Chris Pratt take the plunge with diving pro for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom underwater stunt

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May 24, 2018

In the latest video journal from the set of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, we go behind the making of that scene in the trailers where the Gyrosphere containing Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) and Franklin (Justice Smith) plunges off a cliff and into the watery depths amid a stampede of dinosaurs on Isla Nublar. Owen (Chris Pratt) then jumps in to save them, but believe it or not, they didn't actually throw Ron Howard's daughter into the ocean, choosing instead to stage the sequence in a big tank of water. 

The journal finds Pratt floating around with movie diving instructor Pete Harcourt, who has advised underwater sequences for the last four Bond films, The Mummy, and the last two Mission: Impossible movies. You might recall that intensely nerve-wracking scene from Rogue Nation where Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt had to hold his breath for a super-long time. Yeah, Harcourt, who's been doing this for the last 17 years, had a hand in brining such a memorable moment to vivid life. His main job is to make sure that the actors know how to properly dive, that they're safe, and supplied with plenty of oxygen from a scuba tank. 

"Ranking me against Tom Cruise's underwater work, like how much better am I?" asks Pratt. "Significantly better, or just, like a ton better?" 

"Oh, well, that's not my place," responds the humble Harcourt. 

You can also check out the video journals from the last two weeks, where Pratt chills with German-speaking script supervisor Kelly Krieg and edge arm driver Dean Bailey. In particular, The Bailey one will teach you how the crew of any film production keeps a camera so steady and abreast with the actors during a fast-paced chase scene. 

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom clones into theaters June 22, although first reactions from the sequel's Madrid premiere were very positive.