- Jake Johnson admitted he was sad that his “Jurassic World” character, Lowery Cruthers, wasn’t brought back for the sequel, “Fallen Kingdom.”
- Talking to Business Insider while doing press for “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” in which he voices Peter Parker, Johnson revealed some of the ideas he and screenwriter Derek Connolly came up with for the character in an early draft of the movie that was eventually scrapped.
Jake Johnson has found success in the last decade in TV (“New Girl”) and indie films (“Safety Not Guaranteed,” “Drinking Buddies”), but his most entertaining work may be his appearances in big blockbusters – like playing Tom Cruise’s dead friend in “The Mummy” and his scene-stealing performance as Jurassic Park super fan and hopeless romantic park employee, Lowery Cruthers, in “Jurassic World.”
We’ll likely never see a sequel to “The Mummy” (RIP, Dark Universe), but Lowery was in an early draft of this summer’s hit “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.” But plans changed, and Lowery was taken out of the story, which Johnson admitted he was bummed about.
“I thought it was pretty sad that Lowery wasn’t in ‘Fallen Kingdom,'” Johnson told Business Insider, while doing press for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (in theaters Friday), in which he voices Peter Parker.
Johnson wanted to continue telling the story of his budding relationship with Lauren Lapkus’ “Jurassic World” character, Vivian.
“I’m like, ‘How are you not going to see what happens with those two?'” Johnson said with a laugh.
Johnson was also disappointed because when Lowery was in the script, he and franchise screenwriter Derek Connolly met a few years ago and came up with funny ideas to give the Lowery character more layers in “Fallen Kingdom.”
“We were talking about Lowery is a different guy because of what he went through in the first movie,” Johnson said. “Like he’s got a huge ponytail now. I pitched that he’s got sleeve tattoos. The trauma of seeing a dinosaur attack really messed him up. I thought we could have some fun.”
Sadly, that was all scrapped early on.
“Fallen Kingdom” director J. A. Bayona explained while doing press for the movie that instead of bringing back Lowery, they went instead with the high-anxiety systems analyst/activist Franklin Webb character, played by Justice Smith.
But with “Jurassic World” director Colin Trevorrow, who is also good friends with Johnson, returning to direct “Jurassic World 3,” there’s hope Lowery may return.
And Johnson is ready.
“If my number is called to bring Lowery out of retirement I will gladly grow the mustache and put the glasses on,” he said.