Spielberg based Jurassic Park Velociraptors on England fast bowler Bob Willis

Written by tennisman

Sunday, 30 September 2012

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Willis in his Warwickshire days as he bowls his infamous slower ball

Fans of the former Surrey, Warwickshire and England fast bowler Bob Willis, missing from the current T20 Cricket World Cup TV commentary teams, have been forced to hunt him down on the Internet.

But hunting him down is a very appropriate phrase, as Google searches have revealed a strange link between the world of cricket and the scary dinosoaurs used in the iconic 1990's film series.

It seems that the deadly Velociraptors in the Jurassic Park films were an idea that Director, Steven Speilberg came up with after seeing a clip of Willis bowling.

When Speilberg met Willis in order to create an authentic body suit for the actors who played the raptors, the diminiutive director looked into the gangly former fast bowler's eyes and was horrified to see nothing there at all. Hence the shot in Jurassic Park 1 just before Bob Peck gets eaten, where we see one of the raptor's heads with the dead eyes looking at us. Peck then says, 'Clever girl' and we know the rest as he experiences a grisly end.

Ray Bright, the former Australian spin bowler from that time still shudders whenever he's reminded of the 1981 series and along with his colleagues of the time, has refused to watch any of the Jurassic Park films.

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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