- “Jurassic World: Dominion” stars Bryce Dallas Howard and DeWanda Wise reacted to poor reviews.
- “Dominion” is the lowest-rated “Jurassic Park” movie with just a 30% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
- DeWanda Wise exclusively told Insider: “We made a movie during a pandemic. You can’t tell me s–t.”
“Jurassic World: Dominion” stars Bryce Dallas Howard and DeWanda Wise are speaking out about the negative reaction to the latest movie in the “Jurassic Park” franchise in an exclusive interview with Insider.
In an interview with Insider to mark the home entertainment release of “Dominion,” which features an extended edition of the movie, Wise defended the production because the cast and crew had to work under tough conditions at the height of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.
“From my perspective, I’ve always been pretty critic immune. We made a movie during a pandemic,” Wise said. “Like, honestly, you can print this if you want: You can’t tell me sh*t.”
The actor continued: “We were the first production back during a pandemic. We all lived together. The people who received this movie with the love that it was created with, that’s where I put my focus. That’s just who I am naturally. I don’t go where I’m not loved.”
“I don’t care,” Wise added, addressing critics’ reaction to the movie.
Both Howard and Wise said they are excited for fans to see the extended edition of the movie when it hits Blu-ray, DVD, and streaming services Tuesday. Director Colin Trevorrow has restored scenes cut from the theatrical version of the movie, adding 14 minutes of extra footage.
“I am losing my mind, so excited, that the extended edition is being shared with folks. The extended edition is a restoration of the original cut, and it’s the movie that we made,” Howard said. “It has all of the narrative connective tissue, and character moments and all of that, that we all built together. I am just thrilled that folks are gonna get to see our movie.”
Wise added: “I’m thankful that now people have an opportunity to see the film in the fullness of its intentionality.”
Howard, who starred in all three “Jurassic World” movies as lead character Claire Dearing, also pointed out that Wise’s character, Kayla Watts, was universally praised by fans and critics alike, despite the negative reviews for the film.
“It’s important to say that you are loved everywhere,” Howard told Wise during the interview with Insider. “There is no question how we all feel about you and what you did in ‘Jurassic World.’ Full support. Hundred percent of the critics.”
In the interview, Howard also told Insider she was paid “so much less” than costar Chris Pratt for the second “Jurassic World” movie.
“The reports were so interesting because I was paid so much less than the reports even said, so much less,” Howard told Insider. “When I started negotiating for ‘Jurassic,’ it was 2014, and it was a different world, and I was at a great disadvantage.”
Howard added that Pratt pushed for her to receive equal pay on other franchise opportunities that were not already contractually binding, such as spinoff video games and theme-park rides.
“Jurassic World Dominion” is available to rent digitally or buy on Blu-ray or DVD on August 16.