Now this is how the Hollywood sausage uncannily gets made. If you’ve ever dreamt of being a star, or even just an extra, in a box-office-toppling sci-fi blockbuster, then this hilarious video of Jurassic World without any added dinosaur CGI effects is a great introduction to just how much… acting… is required to pull off all the on-screen suspense and drama.
The pre-CGI green screen clip taken from Jurassic World’s climactic standoff between raptor whisperer Owen Grady (Chris Pratt), one of his pliable raptor charges, and, yes, the dreaded T-rex transforms the movie from a creature thriller into a piece of truly absurd comedy. But it also shows just how in-character the actors have to be when delivering lines to metal poles, green screens, and people holding props just off camera.
“That’s how it is, huh?” says a wary and tense Pratt to a courtyard filled with… well, just some dude holding up a phony raptor head and not much else. Pratt manages to talk the plastic raptor down from attacking the gang before a skinny metal pole (that’d be the T-rex in the actual movie) comes clumsily lurching its goofy way into the picture to scare the bejesus out of everyone.
Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow picked up on Fandom’s tweet of the funny clip and added his own silly two cents, saying, “Imagine showing this to the studio in October 2014. ‘Now this part here? This part will be cool. I promise.’”
The clip appears to be taken from a much longer video posted way back in 2016 to a Bryce Dallas Howard (Claire Dearing in the movies) YouTube fan site. That clip delivers the real goods: frenzied screaming in front of blank screens, terrified glances at a blue, totally pterodactyl-free sky, and panicked crowds who, without dinos, could be mistaken for fast, out-of-control zombies in an apocalyptic virus flick.
Still, the physical set itself is pretty impressive, giving the actors at least some of the creepy ambiance that moviegoers get in spades once all the CGI teeth and claws have been computer-stenciled in. You can check the full video out here before heading out the door later this week to catch the real (CGI) thing. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the sequel to Jurassic World, opens in U.S. theaters on June 22.