Colin Trevorrow explains why Bryce Dallas Howard runs for her life in heels in Jurassic World

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Jun 12, 2015, 5:41 PM EDT (Updated)

The long-awaited Jurassic Park sequel opens wide today, but there’s one quirky scene that is taking some reviewers (and likely viewers) out of it. Well, director Colin Trevorrow is here to explain.

Mild spoilers ahead for Jurassic World!

As has been noted at many places across the interwebs, Bryce Dallas Howard’s character Claire is a sharp-dressed lady who wears a sharp pair of high heels. The strange-ish part that is causing a bit of controversy? She keeps wearing those shoes even while being chased by a killer dinosaur through the jungle. Now, that’s a commitment to style, against all odds.

The folks at io9 asked Trevorrow about the decision, and Trevorrow said the decision actually came from Howard, who apparently insisted the move would fit her character. Which, OK, we can kind of understand that. But even while running for her life from a dinosaur? That’s a bit silly. On the other hand, we are talking about a movie about a hybrid dinosaur getting loose in the modern day ... so, you know, silly is a threshold this movie might not be afraid to cross.

Here’s an excerpt from his comments:

"I know. I mean, look, I had that conversation with her so many times, and she insisted on wearing those heels. They meant something to her personally. She felt like, this is her talking, that those heels were her shield in a certain way as a woman. That’s just how she felt. She felt like surrendering the heels felt like surrendering the femininity of the character, even though women are — I don’t want to say forced to wear heels — but you’re expected to wear heels in certain environments.

And she felt that, even though the image of her running away from the T-Rex in heels is... honestly, maybe I feel that I’m revealing my own ignorance in not having anticipated how that was going to become a subject of discussion, the way that it has. I was thinking about it solely for her comfort, and for logic reasons — the same thing that we’re talking about: ‘Can’t we find some other way? And she’s like, ‘No, no, I’m going to go for it.’ 

Because that’s something special. I mean, we are talking about it. And these movies, having something that’s iconic to themselves — for better or worse, that’s an image that people are going to remember. [Laughs] And I just hope that it’s recognized that I did bring it up on many occasions. [Laughs] But I support my actors! I want her to feel comfortable. And I want her to create a [character] that is truthful and true to her and how she feels in that character’s shoes, for lack of a better [word]. And that’s what made her feel like Claire."

Jurassic World opens nationwide today. Will you be getting fancied up to check it out? 

(Via io9)