100 years ago the T-rex was named and announced to the world. UK
pubcaster BBC One celebrates his life from his unearthing by Barnum
Brown in the Badlands of Montana to the launch of his career in
the silent movies of the Twenties and ultimate monster stardom in
Jurassic Park. Using a combination of state of the art computer
generated images, stunning archive film, quirky dramatic reconstructions
and frequently surprising interviews, T-rex: A Dinosaur in Hollywood
tells the life story of the Tyrant Lizard King.
Skipping over the rather boring 65 million years that it took T-rex
to get noticed the film traces his story from awe inspiring museum
exhibit to his journey towards becoming a Hollywood megastar. The
programme features three palaeontologists, co-stars, directors,
and some occasionally bitter rivals including King Kong.
This warts-and-all, kiss-and-tell biopic that will ruffle a few
feathers as it builds to the climatic scene in which we see, for
the first time ever in the history of the world, T- rex sporting
lots of feathers.
T-rex is one of the most versatile actors around. As well as monster
movies he has starred in comedies Caveman!, action films
Jurassic Park, cowboy movies Valley of the Gwangi,
sci-fi Galaxy of the Dinosaurs and cartoons Fantasia.
During his career T-rex has worked with such luminary directors
as Steven Spielberg, Ray Harryhausen, Walt Disney and Willis O'Brien.
He has acted opposite Richard Attenborough, Superman, Mickey Mouse,
Ringo Starr and Fay Wray.
In order to film a bedroom scene between two passionate T-rexs
you need to build a bed at least six metres long, 14 metres wide
and capable of supporting 10 tonnes in weight. However, kissing
scenes are definitely out as T-rex could not pucker its lips.