When we first meet Dr. Alan Grant in the film Jurassic Park, we have learned form a conversation between InGen’s Lawyer Donald Generro and another paleontologist working in an Amber mine that the company really wants him to come down to the Park on Isla Nublar off of coast of Costa Rica. The company is in serious trouble after a worker was brutally murdered by one of the park’s specimens and the family in question as suing.
If someone like Grant were to come down to the park, give a positive endorsement of what
InGen was doing, then investors would have confidence in the project. However, the other paleontologist said that there is no way Hammond would be able to get Grant down to the island. He points out that Grant is, first and foremost a digger. As a paleontologist, his first pursuit will always be the latest and greatest discovery in dinosaur fossils. He is after knowledge, not thrills.
Michael Crichton’s original novel takes this even further, establishing that,
“Grant was a professor of paleontology at the University of Denver, and one of the foremost researchers in the field, but he had never been comfortable with social niceties. He saw himself as an outdoor man, and he knew that all the important work in paleontology was done outdoors, with your hands. Grant had little patience for the academics, for the museum curators, for what he called the Teacup Dinosaur Hunters, and he took some pains to distance himself in dress and behavior from the Teacup Dinosaur Hunters, even delivering his lectures in jeans and sneakers.”