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Why John Hammond Faked Jurassic Park

John Hammond played us all like a damn fiddle.

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Without question, Jurassic Park is one of the greatest Hollywood blockbusters of all time - an expertly-crafted big-budget entertainment from Steven Spielberg, but also one which matches its ground-breaking spectacle with intelligent storytelling and well-drawn characters.

And though the screenplay - co-written by David Koepp and the novel's late author, Michael Crichton - makes pains to seal up any perceived plot discrepancies, there are certainly ambiguous aspects of the story which have led curious fans to concoct their own elaborate fan theories.

Inspired by a terrifically convincing post over at /r/FanTheories, this theory suggests that kindly industrialist John Hammond's (Richard Attenborough) plan to open a theme park filled with cloned dinosaurs might not have been as earnest as it first seemed.

If on the surface Jurassic Park seems to paint Hammond as a deeply ambitious man with a charming, grandfatherly temperament, this theory posits that he in fact plotted to execute a daring ruse right under everybody's noses by faking the park entirely.

But before we get into the why, we need to understand who John Hammond is as a person, which is best exemplified by one pivotal scene in particular...

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