In a recent interview Jake Johnson dished about his experience working on Jurassic World, and working again with director Colin Trevorrow.
Speaking to HitFix, Johnson particulalry spoke about the difference of working on his first film with Trevorrow, Safety Not Guaranteed, which was a small budget movie, as compared to Jurassic World, which is of block buster mettle and his next with the director. The actor spoke about the different writing processes and how a mega budget film like Jurassic World did not allow for as much improv as an indie film would.
When asked about making that transition, and if he felt it was difficult with the writing not being as flexible, Johnson had a mixed response.
"Yeah and no. It's a good question because yes it does, but it also doesn't. After that I did "Jurassic World" and I didn't write a word of that. And I didn't give an idea; I didn't say like, "You know what my character would do?" Colin Trevorrow, who did "Safety", directed that and he and Derek Connolly, who wrote "Safety," wrote it," he said. "But everything was figured out and they like doing like all these like sweeping epic oners. So on that I was really happy to just show up and do my job. But it really depends on the thing. It's hard for me to not want to do a Joe Swanberg movie every hiatus, even apart from audiences and anybody else, as I really like it. I love being on his sets. He wants everything real so it's like I know it's not going to be for a mainstream audience; I know it's not going to make $100 million, but it's like we like making them."
Johnson went on to talk about lesser improvisation and contribution to writing in Jurassic World.
"This is more they just knew exactly what they needed because everything was figured out. And on a budget like that everything was like, "So this cues to that which needs this. We need this line for that." So there was just no room for me being like, "Let's open this s*** up." Colin and I a couple of nights would like come up with some ideas and some bits that we would a little," he said. "But everything was, you know, the script was really good. A lot of times when you improvise a lot it's because it needs some improv where you look at it and you say, a lot of times before you even signed up for a project like, "We're going to open this s*** up, right?" And on a thing like that it just didn't. It was just Derek and Colin are good writers."
The film will hit theaters on June 12, 2015.
Watch the trailer for Jurassic World here: