By Jack Giroux
Were you hoping to see even more thunderous high heel action in the sequel to Jurassic World? According to the film’s star, Bryce Dallas Howard, her character, Claire, will wear more practical footwear in the next installment of the franchise. Learn why we’ll see no high heels in Jurassic World 2 after the jump.
It’s been over four months since Jurassic World came out, and we’re still talking about the high heels. It’s a small moment in the movie that, for some, rang as sexist and silly, but Bryce Dallas Howard stands by it. Here’s what she had to say to Cosmo about the sequence:
This character needed to seem ill-equipped to be in the jungle. She was somebody who looks like she belongs in a corporate environment for a reason, because she was someone who was disconnected from the animals and disconnected from that reality and disconnected from herself. She doesn’t at all expect that she’s going to be tromping through the jungle. I’m really glad that we didn’t make the choice for me to be barefoot, because that would have also been kind of dangerous. And you know what? She’s in high heels because she’s a woman who has been in high heels her whole life and she can fucking sprint in them. She can. That’s kind of how I perceived it. She doesn’t have to be in menswear and flats in order to outrun a T-Rex. That’s what women can do.”
Both men and women took issue with the scene. The general public, based on the $1.6 billion the film made at the box-office, probably couldn’t have cared less about the “controversy.” Howard is returning for the sequel, but, sadly, the heels will not — meaning we won’t see another thousand think-pieces on the matter.
Colin [Trevorrow] texted me ‘#NoHeels2018.’ Claire knows to get in there now and her dynamic with the animals has certainly shifted, and the woman you see at the end of Jurassic World is very different from the woman see you at the beginning.
Howard is right — Claire was the only character with a tangible arc in Jurassic World. Like Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) in Jurassic Park, Claire had to take on a maternal role. Owen (Chris Pratt) and the rest of the characters rarely changed — and, if they did, it was treated as an afterthought. That’s fine, of course. Not all characters require arcs, but it’s worth nothing that it was the female character that had the sole arc in Jurassic World.
Jurassic World 2 opens in theaters June 22nd, 2018.
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