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Remember when it was originally reported that actor Omar Sy was cast in Jurassic World as a friend of Owen Grady (Chris Pratt)? Well, it's been several months since that report and we've heard nothing more about Sy's role in the film...until last week. In a recent interview, Colin Trevorrow, the director, revealed a deeper description of the role he will play in the film:
"I wrote the role especially for Omar, I'm a huge fan, I spent a lot of time in France, my wife is French. He has a bigger role than you think - he works for Chris Pratt and is also a Raptor tamer. When Chris, who's in charge, is done with training the Velociraptors, Omar brings them to their cage and takes care of them, checking their teeth, these kind of things. He has a very special relationship with them. There's a great scene with Vincent D'Onofrio when Omar speaks French to the Raptors and Vincent pretends to understand what he's saying. I have not tried to Americanize him - he is French and has a great action scene. Everything he does results in a close relationship with the Velociraptors." - Colin Trevorrow
So now we know that Owen Grady is not the only one "training" the raptors! Now keep in mind, when they say that they are "training" and "taming" the Velociraptors, Trevorrow has already confirmed that they won't be doing things like playing fetch or jumping through hoops. It isn't that type of training or taming. Instead, they are being worked with to better understand the dangerous relationship between raptors and man to better understand how they work and think. I just wanted to point that out. Anyway, digressing Omar Sy appears in the Super Bowl trailer. I completely missed him before, but here is a screenshot below:
In additional news, Bryce Dallas Howard, who portrays Claire Dearing in the film, has spoken positively about her experience filming Jurassic World:
"That trailer is extremely fun. Everything about doing Jurassic World was a dream come true. I did an ADR session the other day and it’s looking sensational!" - Bryce Dallas Howard
"I would have played a tree in the background if they asked me to! It's hard to choose the biggest highlight because it was my first movie back after having my daughter and I was just pinching myself the whole time because I couldn't believe how lucky I was. Jurassic Park is so iconic and getting to be a part of that in any way is astonishing." - Bryce Dallas Howard
"My scariest moment is hard without giving too much of the plot away, but I will say this: relaunching an iconic franchise is terrifying for all involved. There's just so much to live up to. If you get it right though, it's thrilling." - Bryce Dallas Howard
All this makes me very excited about seeing Bryce Dallas Howard and the other characters in Jurassic World in 89 days!!!
In even more additional news, the sequel to Frozen, Frozen Fever, is coming out in theaters today!
Topic of the Week by Christian Ryan
|The skeleton of an Apatosaurus.|
The size of these great sauropods was incredible. Some of the most well-known species include Apatosaurus, Diplodocus and the even larger Brachiosaurus. However, Argentinosaurus is believed to have been the largest (or at least one of the largest), at anywhere between 75-130 feet long and weighing about 100 tons. As land-dwelling animals, we know God created these behemoths the same day He created other dinosaurs, on Day 6 of the Creation week. Our all-knowing Creator knew to make sauropods specially designed for large size because they would need special features and behaviors to enable them to grow so large.
|Sauropods were the largest animals ever to walk the earth. Here are the largest known species ( the size estimates of Amphicoelias are extremely controversial; however, it was not likely as large as shown in this picture.)|
|Diplodocus is one of the longest sauropods, stretching 112 feet in length!|
|Apatosaurus primarily fed upon low-growing ferns and cycads.|
|Camarasaurus was the most common species of sauropod found in the Morrison Formation.|
|Brachiosaurus was one of the largest dinosaurs, weighing up to 62 tons! It could browse upon tree-leaves few others could reach.|
|Saltasaurus was covered in bony armor to protect itself from predators.|
|Mamenchisaurus' neck was over 30 feet long!|
|Dreadnoughtus is the largest dinosaur that we have a relatively complete skeleton of. IMAGE CREDITS|
|Argentinosaurus is the largest dinosaurs we know of. It weighed almost 100 tons!|
|Magyrasaurus was one of the smallest sauropods, only the size of a pony.|
|Magyrasaurus lived in a world of dwarfs.|
|It was once thought that sauropods had to wallow in swamps because they couldn't support themselves on land. This has been disproven.|
|Sauropod footprints were large, some being the size of truck tires!|
|Sauropods stripped vegetation with their peg-like teeth. The plant matter was then ground up in their gut by gastroliths they had swallowed earlier.|
Specifically what did sauropods eat anyway? There is no one answer to this question, because different species of sauropods dined on different types of plants. Some, like Brachiosaurus probably ate from the tallest of trees using their upward-angled necks. Diplodocids such as Apatosaurus and Diplodocus itself seemed to have been incapable of reaching high into tall trees and likely stuck to dining on low-growing ferns and cycads. Relatively recently, fossilized sauropod dung was discovered containing grass. None of these foods were particularly nutritious, which was why sauropods probably spent most of their lives eating.
|Some macronarian sauropods, such as Brachiosaurus and the pair of Euhelopus portrayed above, were browsers, eating vegetation from tall trees.|
|Apatosaurus could likely create a whip-lashing noise to scare off predators.|
|Here, you can see the fossils of a baby titanosaur sauropod still inside of its egg.|
|Baby Apatosaurus reached an adult size of 18-30 tons in only about 10 years!|
Sauropods were some of the largest and most beautiful creatures in God's creation. They are unique in their design. What else could we expect to see in creatures created by our amazing, unique Jehovah God?
|Sauropods are one of God's grandest achievements!|
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