Details on James Cromwell's Role in JURASSIC WORLD 2 and How it Connects to the Original Film
Recently in an interview with Larry King, actor James Cromwell talked a bit about what his role in the upcoming Jurassic World 2. He revealed an interesting bit of information regarding the character he plays and how, apparently, it's a part that has been in the story all along... but not really.
In the interview, Cromwell talked about how he would be playing a character named Benjamin Lockwood. He is John Hammond's long lost partner who has been an essential part of the entire cloning operation. In the interview Cromwell said:
"We developed the technology of being able to clone the genes. And so I'm trying to deal with the blowback from what we have done."
So Hammond had a partner all along. He just wasn't in any of the previous movies because he's shy, or maybe had a cold on the day that Hammond showed off Jurassic Park? Maybe he didn't have interest when they went to the second island in the sequel. I'm sure they will have some good reasons as to why he's been hiding this whole time, but the real reason is this: Richard Attenborough, who played John Hammond in the original film, is dead, but they want to have some weight and a character to play a similar role, which I'm okay with. Don't make up some actor to look like Richard Attenborough. Instead get a fantastic actor like Cromwell to play the same type of role. Plus you can add other story elements as well.
I love creative turns in storytelling and think that this could definitely be a good addition to the story that will take the plot in an interesting direction. Just as long as there's some moment in the film where he says to a Raptor, "That'll do dino. That'll do."