Steven Spielberg didn’t recognise 'Jurassic Park’s' Joseph Mazzello in 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

Gregory Wakeman
Joseph Mazzello looks on, obviously disappointed, in Bohemian Rhapsody (Image by Warner Bros)

When Bohemian Rhapsody was first released, most people didn’t realize that the actor playing Queen bassist John Deacon was Joe Mazzello.

For those of you that don’t remember, as a young actor Mazzello shot to fame thanks to his performance as Tim Murphy in Jurassic Park. It turns out that Mazzello’s performance in Bohemian Rhapsody was so transformative that even Jurassic Park director Steven Spielberg didn’t recognise Mazzello when he watched the biopic. 

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Mazzello made this admission himself during a recent live watching of Jurassic Park, admitting that, even though he has kept in touch with Spielberg throughout his career, the Oscar winning director was left befuddled by his English accent. 

Steven Spielberg Directing 1993 motion picture Jurassic Park (Photo by Murray Close/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images)

“Steven is the person I probably keep in touch with the most,” Mazzello told CineFix. “This past year we’ve been exchanging a bunch of letters. Like literally still handwritten letters, which is amazing.”

“Just talking about whatever: our careers, and [how] he saw [Bohemian Rhapsody], and he apparently didn’t recognize me, because I had the wig on and had a British accent. He leaned over to his guest, and was like, ‘Who is that? Who is that actor?’”

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While Mazzello is always likely to be remembered for his turn in the hugely successful adaptation of Michael Crichton’s novel, he has had quite a successful career since starring in the blockbuster at just 10-years-old. Mazzello has since followed it up with appearances in the HBO series The Pacific, G.I. Joe: Retaliation and The Social Network.

It sounds as if Mazzello will be returning to the Jurassic Park franchise in the very near future, too, as there is speculation that he will reprise his role in the upcoming Jurassic World 3.