Last week we had the very special opportunity to participate in a roundtable with Nick Robinson. The 20-year-old actor, most recognizable as Zach Mitchell from this summer’s Jurassic World, was on hand at New York Comic Con to welcome guests attending on Saturday, October 10th. There was an incredible Jurassic World velociraptor show that Universal put on for fans throughout the four-day event and the John Williams theme would waft throughout the Jacob Javits Center, ushering excited fans to a pop-culture valhalla. It was a highlight of the show and one of our personal favorites at the 10th annual New York Comic Con.
For the clarity, here’s how the Jurassic World roundtable was conducted. Early Saturday, during the show hours, invited members of the press were escorted into one of the many press rooms located in the upper mezzanine at the Javits. Broken into different time sessions consisting of a little over 10 minutes, What’cha Reading was among the first group to sit with Nick Robinson and discuss his latest film, Jurassic World, a few days before the major Blu-ray and DVD release this Tuesday, October 20th.
Nick Robinson, the actor who portrayed the older brother to Ty Simpkins’ Gray, appeared in good spirits and was eager to discuss the third highest grossing film of the year, along with jovially speaking of the differences between a major tentpole film, as opposed to working on a significantly smaller picture.
On Jurassic Park.
Nick Robinson: Of course I grew up watching the films. I think it’s kind of just in everybody’s DVD collections growing up or VHS. It’s just one of those along with ET maybe. Yes, I grew up watching the film and it holds up all these years later.
On hearing John Williams classic themes.
Nick Robinson: Actually we do. A lot of the times they’d be like “Okay guys, we’re ready to roll…” and then they’d pump the music in. Right before we’d start rolling they’d stop the music and we’d just be all starry-eyed.
On the action scenes of Jurassic World.
Nick Robinson: That was pretty cool. My favorite one, I think, was when we’re in the back of the truck, the veterinary unit, and we’re fighting off the attacking raptors. Just because that was very technically in-depth that it was so much fun. I felt like an action hero; it was really cool.
Ali from Social The Lifestyle Magazine: So you did The Kings of Summer and it was a great film. What was the biggest difference between a film that small and Jurassic World?
Nick Robinson: Yeah, and it was a great film. Thank you. Better food. Better craft food. Way better craft food. The craft food was untouchable.
What’cha Reading: Bigger trailer?
Nick Robinson: [laughing] Just having a trailer was nice. So everything was very different from start to finish. The amount of resources that you have on something like this is… We made “King” this summer and you almost can’t compare the two. I don’t know which one I prefer. They’re both two very different animals. But definitely the food.
On Jurassic World’s success.
Nick Robinson: I don’t think anyone could sit there and be like “Yo, third highest grossing movie of all time. We’re going for it. What’s up?” Nobody really anticipated that and I think it was just a matter of doing it at the right place at the right time. Also the care and thought that went into it and the cast was just massively talented. I don’t think anyone expected it, but it’s been very exciting.
Ali from Social The Lifestyle Magazine: Did Chris pull any pranks on you?
Nick Robinson: Not on me particularly, but he did pull pranks. He ate a bug one time for twenty bucks. He’s a cowboy.
What’cha Reading: Nick, it’s really fascinating to be here in October and here you’re still talking about Jurassic World post the release of the film. Has there been a difference in fan reaction prior and post release?
Nick Robinson: It’s been a little strange because before we wrapped I got off of social media and everything. To not have your finger on the pulse and to know what people are saying, but I knew there was a huge outcry of support for the film and it just so happens that I’m living in New York now so it’s not like I’m travelling around the country so it’s cool now to kind of take a retrospective look at it. It’s cool because it’s just been established now and it makes for better conversations with people.
On having an interest in comic books.
Nick Robinson: I wasn’t really so much into comic books as a kid. Now with what Marvel’s making…
What’cha Reading: If you were given the opportunity to join a DC or Marvel movie, is that something you’d want to be a part of?
Nick Robinson: Yeah, yeah! Why not, of course! It’s got such a broad base and they’re also really well done. They’re clever, funny, and they have really talented people working on them. I think every working actor today and every male lead has done a superhero film [laughs]. We’ll see if it keeps up, but yeah, absolutely.
Ali from Social The Lifestyle Magazine: Are you coming back for the sequel? Is that something you’d want to do?
Nick Robinson: Who knows. We’ll see what happens. If they can stand me another time I’ll do it.
On having an interest in other film genres.
Nick Robinson: I’ve never done any horror. I just saw something pretty interesting the other day. It was a horror comedy and it was kind of cool. I don’t know about a genre, but I’d like to do a historical piece. I think that would be fun. I’m just open to whatever comes my way and see what the opportunities are.
On shooting The Fifth Wave compared to Jurassic World.
Nick Robinson: Worse food. I’m basically just in it for the craft. It was a very different. The cast was mostly people my age so having people around my own age was nice.
Ali from Social The Lifestyle Magazine: How’s Spielberg?
Nick Robinson: I couldn’t tell you. [laughs] He’s the man. I’ve only met him a couple of times and they were brief. But I’m sure Spielberg is really good right now.
On whether or not he’d be able to survive a Jurassic World like incident.
Nick Robinson: Just be faster than the person next to you. I think that’s the main thing.
Nick Robinson: Thank you.
What’cha Reading would like to thank Courtney Dolliver at MPRM for her invaluable assistance and professional coordination. We would not be able to present this press roundtable if it was not for her.
Jurassic World releases on Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday, October 20, 2015.
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