Nick Robinson just might be one of the luckiest actors on the planet. For his first feature film he was cast in Jurassic World as Zach, the fourth movie in the series following up from Steven Spielberg’s 1993 hit Jurassic Park.
Jurassic World became the third highest grossing film of all-time this summer and the success and legacy of the dinosaur franchise is not lost on Robinson. The humble actor stopped by New York Comic Con over the weekend to dish on the future of the series, the future of his character, kick-ass dinosaurs and just how cool it is to be a part of the iconic franchise.
What is going on with the Jurassic World sequels and franchise? What can you tell us?
Nick Robinson: I don’t know. It is all very top secret, hush hush kind of stuff, but they are definitely cooking up something good. I am sure there is going to be a bunch of new dinosaurs, new characters and I know that Chris and Bryce are coming back, but it is all kind of up in the air right now.
What would you like to see for the future of your character?
Nick Robinson: I would like to see that brother [Zach and Gray] relationship grow a little bit more so that they get along a little bit better. Maybe then Zach and Gray [could] go into a secret navy seals program and become like raptor fighters or trainers.
How many times have you seen the original film, especially that famous kitchen scene?
Nick Robinson: Oh that is the best! First of all that whole scene is on Youtube so that is really helpful. I have probably seen the original a dozen times. It wasn’t lost on us. It certainly wasn’t lost on the cast or Colin [Trevorrow] (Jurassic World director) that this is something that really does mean a lot to people and has a history stretching back twenty-two years. We were very excited to be apart of that legacy and kind of carry the torch. Colin made sure that, while [this movie] was a new creation, it wasn’t lost on us that we were apart of a legacy. It was very cool to come to set everyday and [hear them] playing the [Jurassic Park] music.
Did you have any idea just how successful the film would be?
Nick Robinson: I don’t think anyone was expecting quite the success it had. You hope obviously, but I don’t think anyone is sitting there like yeah the third biggest grossing film of all time we are doing it. (laughs) It was totally crazy and I am so glad that people did respond in the way that they did.
What is your favorite dinosaur?
Nick Robinson: I got to say the raptor, honestly. They are just kind of classic. [There was] that scene where they are tapping on the kitchen floor [and] it had me at that.
What do you think is the appeal of the Jurassic theme park to visitors? What do you think is the appeal of these dinosaurs?
Nick Robinson: It is that fear, that prehistoric, that primal sense that we are not [at] the top of the food chain anymore. It is an interesting idea to play with and the fact that these animals actually existed… I think that it is part of the appeal having a part of history that comes to life.
You have been all over the world, where are the best or craziest Jurassic fans?
Nick Robinson: Um, maybe Japan just for like the extreme. I don’t know it’s weird because… everyone is excited, but is polite and very reserved. Like here [in the USA] you go to the movie premiere and people are screaming. There [in japan] it is dead silence..[but] everyone just waves at you. It’s crazy. It’s unlike anything I have experienced in my… life.
What was it like watching Jurassic Park for the first time?
Nick Robinson: It’s not a little independent movie or anything. It’s not like a little gem you stumble upon, like oh have you seen Jurassic Park? (laughs) But it’s definitely a part of my childhood. Growing up, it was in the collection of VHS and DVDs. When you first watch it [for the] first time it just transports you into [a] magical movie thing. [Jurassic Park composer] John Williams knows how to throw some notes together and make you feel a certain way. It’s pretty cool to be apart of it. I think with all Williams’s films there is a sense that something big is happening as you are watching it.
Do you have a piece of memorabilia from the franchise? Did you take anything from set?
Nick Robinson: I got quite a few stuffed animals from the gift shop and there was a raptor… puppet thing, but they had a bunch of…stuff that was stocked in the Jurassic Main street. So we were walking through all the stores [which] were functional. It was weird honestly. Once everything got destroyed, you [could]… sift the wreckage and see what you could find. So, yeah, some stuffed animals and a pair of sunglasses. Just the fact that it was from the set was kind of cool.
The previous Jurassic Park sequels got away from the theme park storyline; do want these sequels to keep the theme park storyline?
Nick Robinson: I would say it is kind of hard to top that original [Jurassic Park film]. You know if it’s not broke don’t fix it. So, you might want to stick with that. I think [that film was the] truest form of the film. It was the most heart felt and you could feel [that] in your nerve endings.
Did you ever meet Steven Spielberg?
Nick Robinson: I did get a chance to meet Spielberg once and it was crazy. It was very brief. It was kind of like a handshake. I was geeking out a little bit. He was like I think you grew and I was like yeah I grew. I just didn’t know what to say.
Are you glad to be a little older when starting this franchise? You will be able to be an adult soon and get to kick-ass, no?
Nick Robinson: I hope so. We will see. I don’t know what is going to happen with the franchise. I think it is going to be a few years before anything comes to light, but yeah I would be very down to kick some ass. That would be fun!
Do you think your character will become like Chris Pratt’s character, a raptor whisperer?
Nick Robinson: Maybe that would be pretty bad [ass]. Yeah, get the secret language of the raptors down.
Why do you think humans have the need to cage Dinosaurs?
Nick Robinson: That is a good question. I think it is kind of human nature to piss on everything or like stick your flag in the mountain top… I think it is just human nature to want to dominate our environment.
T-Rex or Indominus Rex?
Nick Robinson: T-Rex! No, question. No, question.
The Jurassic World theme park lets guests experience the thrill of witnessing actual dinosaurs, but something ferocious lurks behind the park’s attractions – a genetically modified dinosaur with savage capabilities. When the massive creature escapes, chaos erupts across the island. Now it’s up to Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) to save the park’s tourists from an all-out prehistoric assault.
Jurassic World is now available on Digital HD and releases on Blu-ray and DVD on October 20, 2015.