There’s a funny theory going around — posed by Dan Harmon on his podcast (Harmontown), repeated on Reddit, and pointed out to us by /film — which posits Chris Pratt’s raptor-training character in Jurassic World is the same character who was the raptor-insulting kid credited as “Volunteer Boy” in Jurassic Park. He’s the kid whom Dr. Alan Grant lectured about why he should show the raptors “a little bit of respect” instead of calling them 6-foot turkeys.
A large part of the reason this caught on is that it ties into the first clip released from the Jurassic World, in which Chris Pratt’s character says, “I don’t control the raptors; it’s a relationship. It’s based on mutual respect.”
It’s fun to speculate that he learned to respect the raptors — and felt compelled to work with them — after being intimidated by Sam Neill about a scenario involving three raptors (!!!) in this scene:
For what it’s worth, the actor in that scene (Whit Hertford) and Chris Pratt are only a year apart in age, although Hertford already joked on Twitter that the theory isn’t true.
Yeah, let’s not kill the fun. Respect the fun. Like that kid learned to respect the raptors.