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Why Spielberg Cast Wayne Knight in Jurassic Park

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 30:  Actor Wayne Knight visits SiriusXM Studio on November 30, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

Recounts Knight to the AV Club: "My agent got a call and goes, 'Are you sitting down? Steven Spielberg wants you to do Jurassic Park.' And I said, 'What?' Apparently, he’d seen me in Basic Instinct and said, 'I see him in close-ups, sweating, only instead of open legs, it’s a dinosaur.'"

Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images