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NEANDERTHAL MENSCH

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Yes, they look real-to us. But how do Spielberg’s FX dinos appear to someone who actually lived during the Jurassic age? To find out, we turned to the Two- Thousand-Year-Old Man, a.k.a. Mel Brooks (who asked us to mention that he directed the upcoming Robin Hood: Men in Tights). Q: In Jurassic Park, the dinosaurs and the humans aren’t especially compatible. In the real Jurassic age, how did you get along with them? A: Well, we didn’t exactly all go out for a piece of cake together, if that’s what you mean. When you talked dinosaurs and desserts, you were it. Q: Did they ever cause the kind of damage depicted in the film? A: I was once run over by seven of them. They just ran me over. They didn’t have insurance, I didn’t have insurance. There was no such thing then. So you lay there till you got better. Or you died. Q: It sounds pretty rough. With that sort of behavior, how did dinosaurs eventually become so popular? A: They had a fella, Marty. Marty the press agent. There was no press-only walls in caves. But this guy was a genius. Marty, the Walls-in-Caves Agent. Q: With Jurassic Park toys and tie-ins everywhere, dinosaurs are all the rage with kids this summer. Did children like them just as much in the Jurassic age? A: Not really. You know kids, they were into rock. Not rock & roll. Rock. Q: Tell us more about the Jurassic age: What was your means of transportation? A: Mostly fear. You would see an animal growl, you would go two miles in a minute. Q: In the film, scientists warn that bringing back dinosaurs is ”an accident waiting to happen.” Do you agree? A: As you get older, you worry a lot about accidents. Believe me-at my age, I know. Q. Speaking of which, if you’re the Two-Thousand-Year-Old Man, how do you know so much about the Jurassic age, which was 160 million years ago? A: I lie about my age.