Actors We Almost Got To See In The Jurassic Park Movies
Sean Connery was one of the most recognizable movie stars in the world. He was the first James Bond and played the iconic character seven times, but Connery wasn’t and isn’t just synonymous with 007. Orient Express” to military dramas like “The Hunt for Red October” to medieval fantasies like “Sword of the Valiant.”
Shortly before Spielberg began pre-production on “Jurassic Park,” he had worked with Sean Connery on 1989’s “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” in which the actor played Indy’s father, Henry. This role – an educated, older gentleman obsessed with greatness – was not entirely different from the role of John Hammond, the overzealous visionary behind the dinosaur theme park. Given their previous working relationship and Connery’s enormous stardom, it makes sense that, according to Yahoo News, Spielberg first approached him to play the flawed owner of Jurassic Park.
It’s unclear why Connery didn’t end up playing the role of John Hammond in the film, though it may have had to do with scheduling conflicts around his other films, ‘Medicine Man’ and ‘Rising. Sun”. The role went to Richard Attenborough, a lauded stage and film actor as well as a director and producer (and brother of acclaimed nature documentarian and narrator David Attenborough) who hadn’t been on screen for over a decade before co-starring in “Jurassic Park.”