Actor Sam Neill’s social media posts have been a welcome warm and fun light in recent months, and now he’s bringing cheer again – albeit this time anecdotally from one of his former co-stars.
Actor Joseph Mazzello, who played Dr. Hammond’s grandson Tim Murphy in 1993’s “Jurassic Park,” has since gone on to solid success with roles films like “The Social Network,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “The River Wild” along with TV like “The Pacific” and “Justified”.
The now 37-year-old actor recently participated in IGN’s live “Jurassic Park” watch party and offered an amusing story about first on screen kiss – with Sam Neill during a scene where his character requires resuscitation after being electrocuted. It’s a tense bit in the final film, but the actual shooting of it was made a lot easier by his pairing with Neill:
“Sam is just an incredible guy. He was so much fun on set to be around. We had to do so much with him, we had to get in the mud with him, he had to be our surrogate father for a lot of this movie. So he was just phenomenal and incredibly warm.
We had to share some very intimate moments in this movie, including a CPR scene that was true. We really did it, mouth to mouth. So I’ve kissed Sam Neill. It was my first on-screen kiss, and it was everything I hoped it would be, and more.
It was funny when we did the CPR, because at first I think Sam was worried about it, he was embarrassed about it. He was like, ‘Oh, I don’t know. It’s weird. It’s a kid.’ … He was doing like this [mimics stacking his hands and blowing air through them] with his two hands. And then he was like, ‘Oh, this looks stupid. I’m just gonna do it, is that alright?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah.’”
Full props to both actors for their professionalism and making sure each other was comfortable with an admittedly awkward scene to film. Neill will reprise his character for the upcoming “Jurassic World: Dominion” which was partway through production when the quarantine shut things down.
Mazzello also revealed that his former director Steven Spielberg didn’t recognise him in “Bohemian Rhapsody” due to his wig and British accent. He apparently leaned over to his guest when they were seeing the film and said “‘Who is that? Who is that actor?’”.