Jimmy Buffett probably wasn’t what you would expect to come across in a summer blockbuster like Jurassic World, but there’s a pretty good chance you saw him even if you didn’t realize it.
I recently had the opportunity to check out the follow-up to Jurassic Park, and noticed that in the attack of the flying dinosaurs scene, there is a shot of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant onsite.
During that scene, I also noticed a man carrying two margaritas, but it was so fast I wasn’t sure if it was the “Why Don’t We Get Drunk and Screw” crooner or not.
So upon leaving the theater and getting back to my trusty computer — awesome flick, by the way — I checked online to see if anyone had already picked up on this.
The answer: of course.
Here’s a bit of a rundown from Polygon‘s Susana Polo, who doesn’t appear to be a fan of the Jimmy Buffett restaurant chain, calling it an “overpriced, under-classed theme park nightlife wining and dining” experience.
Meanwhile, tumblr’s enerjax was a bit more complimentary.
It shouldn’t be surprising, really, that Mr. Buffett was able to eke his way into Jurassic World. After all, he is good friend with film producer Frank Marshall, who served as producer on the film.
In fact, Marshall has long been rumored to be taking on Buffett’s novel, Where Is Joe Merchant? for the big screen, but that probably won’t ever happen. Why probably?
Well, interest in the Jimmy Buffett book has waned, since he last spoke about it in his book A Pirate Looks at Fifty.
From an entry marked Dec. 28, 1996, Buffett wrote the following.
“As many times as I have been in and out of airports, filling out paperwork, and begging permission, I think I have seen it all. That will never happen. We have all our paperwork in order for the Albatross to fly around the country and even land in water. This in itself is quite a feat. We are officially engaged in location scouting for the Joe Merchant movie, thanks to Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy, and have access to all the coastal waters for landing.”
As noted, this was around 20-years ago, and it was one of the last mentions that Joe Merchant ever received. Looks like your Jimmy Buffett movie desires will have to stick with Jurassic World for now, Parrot-Heads, even though that’s not such a bad consolation prize.
[Image of Jimmy Buffett via Jurassic World screen grab, linked from Polygon]