Read the crazy story behind Samuel L. Jackson’s Famous Jurassic Park line
You must have heard about Samuel L. Jackson‘s Famous Jurassic Park Line. It has a very extraordinary and crazy story behind it. Samuel L. Jackson began his career with very prestigious movies. One of his most prominent work is 1993’s, Jurassic Park. Although, he has a lot of movies which hold high dignity in society by this movie is outstanding blockbusters in his resume. In this movie, he is seen playing the role of Ray Arnold, the chief engineer at the eponymous location who met an offscreen demise. The noticeable fact is that his character Ray didn’t get nearly as much screen time compared to the main characters. Still, then also he nevertheless provided himself by performing an unforgettable moment in which he proclaimed, “Hold onto your butts!”
It is one of the famous lines by Samuel L. Jackson, which even has not been originated in the original Jurassic Park novel. It was initially discovered by the film’s writer David Koepp, who found it while working on another project along with filmmaker Robert Zemeckis. He has shared his experience with all of us experience with the origin of “Hold onto your butts”, in his recent visit to the Reel-Blend podcast, he stated the following when he was asked if he had a favourite line he’d written:
One is a straight line, it’s only four words, but I like the way it came to be in the movie in that people liked it. I was finishing Death Becomes Her when I was writing Jurassic Park, and we had an ending that was disastrous at first from one of these horrible test screenings where they almost kill you. So we’d very quickly gone out to shoot a new ending for the movie, but there was little time before the movie came out, so we were in the dailies of the reshoots, and there was going to be no opportunity to redo the reshoots. So this was it, this had to work. And we sat down in the dailies, and as the lights were going down, Bob Zemeckis said, ‘Hold onto your butts.’ I happened to be working on the script at that time, and I was like, ‘Oh, I love that.’ I went back, and I typed it into the script immediately, and then Sam Jackson said it. I don’t think I ever told Zemeckis that, but that’s his line.
Talk about being in the right place at the right time. If David Koepp (who co-wrote Death Becomes Her with Martin Donovan) hadn’t had to hang around with Robert Zemeckis while Death Becomes Her was being altered, then he’d never heard that bizarre, yet delightful line. So when the time came for Ray Arnold to restart Jurassic Park’s security system, Samuel L. Jackson probably would have said something more generic, like “Get ready!” or “Here we go!”
I think we can all agree that “Hold onto your butts!” worked out quite nicely, and in case of Robert Zemeckis wasn’t aware he was the inspiration for the line. Hopefully, someone will let him know all these years later. It’s been a while since you’ve heard Samuel L. Jackson utter those words, I have you covered.
For all the fans, the good news is that with the release of Jurassic World: Dominion on June 11, 2021, franchise of The Jurassic Park will be picked back up. Yet new no source is available to state about the third Jurassic World movie. Till now, one thing is confirmed that the film will bring the original Jurassic Park trio back in quarrel, Sam Neill’s Alan Grant, Jeff Goldblum’s Ian Malcolm and Laura Dern’s Ellie Sattler, along with other characters of The Jurassic Park.