We all know that Jurassic Park is the best dinosaur-themed movie of all time. (Sorry, The Land Before Time.)
If you’ve seen the film — and of course you have, because you live in the world — then you are familiar with the visceral, seething hatred that rises inside you the second this character appears on screen:
You know, the annoying kid from the start of the film who interrupts Dr. Alan Grant to make fun of him and to describe a velociraptor as a “six-foot turkey.”
If you need a refresher, or you just want a reason to feel annoyed today, watch the scene below:
The scene serves to show the audience that 1) Alan Grant is the bomb, and 2) no matter how extinct they (supposedly) are, dinosaurs are dangerous and deserve our respect.
But there’s one part of this scene that’s rarely talked about. And that is…
WHO THE HELL IS THIS KID?!
Why is he there? What is he doing at the dig site to begin with? Where are his parents? Is he on a school trip? If so, where are the other children? Do they just let anyone on the site?
The character doesn’t even have a name. IMDB lists him as “Volunteer Boy,” but what did he volunteer for? Was there an opening for “irritating child who interrupts hard-working palaeontologists at their place of work”? If so, consider it a job well done.
In 2015, before the release of Jurassic World, an Internet rumour circulated that Chris Pratt’s character in the sequel would be the grown-up version of the child. What, you don’t see the resemblance?
However, Whit Hertford, the actor who portrayed Volunteer Boy in the original 1993 film, took to Twitter to refute the rumour (and anyone who saw Jurassic World can confirm that he was right).
— Whit Hertford (@whithertford) June 11, 2015
Yet we’re still left with the question of who the heck that boy even was in the first place. Truly a mystery for the ages.