After 22 years of obscurity, "that kid from Jurassic Park" has stepped back into the limelight.
Whit Hertford, who gave a tour de force performance as "Volunteer Boy" in the original Jurassic Park, spoke up in response to a popular fan theory surrounding Jurassic World. The theory alleges that Chris Pratt's character is Volunteer Boy all-grown up.
"One day, I will ride a motorcycle with my shirt open." (via Universal Pictures)
What's the logic behind the proposition? Well, as with any good fan theory, it has to do with velociraptors. In the original film, Hertford's character scoffs at the power of the raptor, calling the mighty beast a "six-foot turkey." In response, Dr. Allen Grant (played by Sam Neill) warns him to "show a little respect," explaining how the extinct animal could basically rip his face off. A visibly shaken Hertford responds with a sullen "Okay" and a newfound understanding of the (murderous) six-foot turkeys.
Flash forward to 22 years later. Owen Grady (Chris Pratt's character) is a raptor expert hired by Jurassic World to review their new exhibits. He explains to his employers that his relationship to raptors is based on "mutual respect" *conspiratorial lightbulb explodes*. Grady is the adult version of Volunteer Boy. He took Grant's advice seriously and devoted his life to atoning for his offhand turkey comment.
The theory gained a lot of traction on Internet forums and was brought to public attention by Community creator Dan Harmon on his podcast. The director of Jurassic World, Colin Trevorrow, even refused to speak on the matter, adding fuel to the speculations.
Unfortunately, Hertford, who now works as a theater director in London and will henceforth be known as "fun-ruiner," took to Twitter to clear things up.
for the record, @prattprattpratt is not playing a grown up version of my character in @JurrasicWorld. that role is mine, dammit!
— Whit Hertford (@whithertford) June 11, 2015
Rats. It is a fun theory, though, like Tarantino's films all taking place in the same universe or Up being Carl's journey through the afterlife. Besides, they look a bit similar, no?
See if you can spot the 5 differences. (via @whithertford/Universal Pictures)