Sam Neill explains why he was ‘slightly irked, by Jurassic Park marketing campaign

Sam Neill has revealed why he was “slightly irked” by the marketing campaign for Jurassic Park.

The New Zealand actor, who starred as palaeontologist Dr Alan Grant in Steven Spielberg's 1993 blockbuster, said he was “slightly miffed” that the film's promotional material focused heavily on Jeff Goldblum's character Ian Malcolm.

Speaking to The Independent, Neill said he was taken aback by the movie's marketing, which he felt focused too much on Goldblum.

“Certainly, the marketing for Jurassic Park was very Jeff-focused even though he’s a great actor and a great character and I have a very high regard for him. But I was slightly miffed that the marketing was a bit skewed in that direction,” Neill said.

Neill, who reprised his role for the sequel The Lost World: Jurassic Park, said he is proud to have been part of the franchise and that he “loved” working with Spielberg.

“I was very proud to be part of the Jurassic Park franchise. I thought the original film was absolutely extraordinary. I was like a kid in a candy store. I felt like I was working with the best in the business,” he said.

“I was the luckiest actor in the world to be working with Steven Spielberg. I still pinch myself when I think about that experience. I went to Hawaii to make the film and I loved it. I had a great time.”

Neill is currently promoting his latest film, Ride Like A Girl, in which he stars alongside Teresa Palmer.