During a recent interview with The Sunday TimesNeill said: “I’m 20 years older than Laura! Which at the time was a perfectly appropriate age difference for a leading man and lady! It only occurred to me when I opened a magazine and there was an article titled ‘Old Geezers and gals.” People like Harrison Ford and Sean Connery who acted with much younger people… and there I was on the list. I was like, ‘Come on! It can’t be true.’” That was it.
Dern added: “Well, it felt completely appropriate to fall in love with Sam Neill. And it wasn’t until we came back into a moment of cultural awareness about patriarchy that I thought, ‘Wow! We’re not the same age?’”
Such candid answers about the age difference between the actors may have led some to think that Colin Trevorrow’s… Jurassic World Dominion would keep Alan and Ellie as respectful colleagues and old friends, that’s all.
…So what a surprise it was during the first scene they share together, where the stage is clearly set for these two to get back together (again?). Now an even grumpier old man, Dr. Grant stuck in his ways when Dr. Sattler walks into his tent. But then he asks about her kids and she says “Can you believe they are both studying?” And what about Mark, the last unnamed husband to exist purely as a conspiracy device? Jurassic Park III† “Oh, that’s over,” Ellie says, “I’m living like Alan Grant now.” By that she means that she gets her freedom back. But as Alan says, “It’s terribly lonely.”
Any viewer over the age of 10 should know right away that they’re getting together, right?
Sure enough, there’s a lot of “will they or won’t they” energy throughout the film, including when little Maisie Lockwood (Isabella Sermon) mistakes them for a married couple. And yet they protest too much, and for far too long, that they are just friends.