Archive for Wednesday, July 11, 2001

William H. Macy says new ‘Jurassic Park’ is dino-mite

July 11, 2001


— Reports of William H. Macy's disenchantment with "Jurassic Park III" have been greatly exaggerated, according to the venerable character actor.

"It was about the most amazing thing I've ever done in this business," Macy gushes while promoting the indie hit man flick "Panic," which has been slowly creeping across the country since January. "It was the best of the best doing the best they've ever done."

"Wait till you see this stuff," Macy regales with child-like wonderment, his big blue eyes peering through errant strands of his golden eyebrows. He sports a buzz cut and side burns for his role in "Welcome to Colinwood," a low-budget crime yarn with George Clooney now shooting in Cleveland, Ohio.

"Stan Winston's puppets," Macy continues. "In this room, you can't tell that they're not alive. They are so complicated now. They blink." He points towards his neck. "You know this little thing down here where your heart beats? They got that. They had a little bladder on there. When the thing's been running, it goes fast. When it's just standing there, it goes slower. They were alive."

"There's a scene where a raptor comes up and sniffs (co-star) Tea Leoni from head to toe. And there's nine guys standing over there operating the thing, but you couldn't watch them. You could only watch this raptor because you had no idea what it was going to do."

Describing the plot, Macy says no one is continuing to foolishly meddle with the dinosaurs as in the last sequel: "Nobody's making DNA. It's all abandoned. The dinosaurs are out on their own now. ... Now they're breeding. The genie's out of the bottle."

During production, Macy had allegedly relayed his discontent with the dino sequel to TV Guide, saying that "the script has been evolving and being rewritten as we go and what you want to say is: 'Who launched a $100 million ship without a rudder, and who is getting fired for this?"'

Directed by Joe Johnston ("The Rocketeer"), the $83 million "Jurassic Park III" opens July 18.

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