Sam Neill Debunks Genius Jurassic Park Seat Belt Fan Theory

Neill says the infamous seatbelt flutter made “not much metaphorical sense”, explaining a different reason for the seatbelt scene.

jurassic park Star Sam Neill debunks a popular fan theory about seatbelts in the first movie. Neill played Dr. Alan Grant in Stephen Spielberg’s original jurassic park in 1993. He reprized the role in 2001 Jurassic Park 3. Since then, Neill’s career has been robust but quiet, avoiding blockbuster films except for an appearance in Thor: Ragnarok. To the great enthusiasm of many fans, Neill resumes his place in the Jurassic universe by reprising his role in the next Jurassic World: Dominion.

The Jurassic movies have been ripe for internet theories, dating back to the original jurassic park. One of these theories is the “life finds a way” seat belt theory. First jurassic park movie, Dr. Alan Grant gets into a helicopter and struggles to fasten his seatbelt. In his panic, he ties the two “female” ends of the seat belt together. Some have cited this scene as foreshadowing the revelation that Jurassic Park’s dinosaurs manage to mate even though they’re all female, meaning “life finds a way.”


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But that internet fan theory can be put to rest, as Neill has spoken out to debunk the “life finds a way” seatbelt theory. Talk with GizmodoNeill was asked about this theory and if Spielberg ever said anything about symbolism while filming jurassic park. Neil replied no”think that had a great metaphorical meaning“, denying the fan theory. Instead, he explains the moment through another of Alan Grant’s character traits: that Grant hates technology. Grant”hate anything to do with the modern worldNeill says, so the character gets worked up by the unexpected complexity of a simple, seemingly everyday machine. Check out Neill’s full quote below:

I don’t think it made much metaphorical sense [laughs]. No, I don’t think it was meant that way. It was just about Alan Grant hating technology. He hates computers. He hates anything to do with the modern world and the seat belt, which seems relatively simple. But I’ve been in helicopters saying, “Where the hell is the other part of this?” [Pause] It’s interesting. This is the kind of thing that happens on the Internet. “There are two female parts.” It’s hilarious.

Sam Neill as Dr. Alan Grant in Jurassic Park 3

While the theory certainly amuses Neill, it debunks any notion that this was a planned move by Spielberg in the original film. While the “life finds a way” seatbelt theory is well-reasoned, it makes a lot less sense to Neill than it does to fans. Much like Alan Grant might say if he was living in the 21st century social media age, Neill seems somewhat dismissive of the internet world and the theories it brews.

While that fan theory may have died down, Neill didn’t start from the Jurassic franchise. It will be fascinating to see what Jurassic World: Dominion director Colin Trevorrow does with the long-awaited return of Alan Grant. Perhaps there will be nostalgic references to the original jurassic park or other franchise Easter eggs for fans to blend into the new Jurassic. What will the internet come up with next as Jurassic World: Dominion theatrical release on June 10?

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Source: Gizmodo

  • Jurassic World: Dominion (2022)Release date: June 10, 2022

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