His 'Jurassic Park' Tattoo Is A Reminder Of The First Major Life Lesson His Mom Taught Him

"'Jurassic Park' set off a series of events in my life that led me from acting to writing."

June 11, 2018 marked the 25th anniversary of the original Jurassic Park's theater debut. Along with the release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdompeople are sharing their memories of the film to celebrate the movie being a quarter century old. 

One poignant tribute came from writer and actor Andrew Briedis who took to Twitter to explain how his dinosaur tattoo not only shows his love for the movie, but symbolizes a valuable life lesson his mom taught him. 


Briedis explains that his mom encouraged him to explore other interests and asked if he wanted to audition for a play. He turned the offer down, but had a change of heart after seeing 'Jurassic Park.'

Briedis recounts how he saw the movie nine times while it was in theaters and would stay until the end to see the credits, imagining his name in them.

After seeing and hearing her son's love of the film, Briedis's mom said, "Well if you want to be in Jurassic Park that badly, why don't you just write Steven Spielberg and ask him to be in the next one?" Ever the resourceful mom, she managed to find the address to Steven Spielberg's production company in pre-Google times and Briedis wrote him a letter. 

And the boy received a reply a few weeks later.

After reading the letter, Briedis told his mom he would like to audition for the play.

Briedis writes that the letter taught him a valuable lesson that changed the course of his life. 

Commenters loved the heartwarming story and asked for photos of Briedis and his mom. He thanked everyone for their support and said the responses to his Twitter thread would have made his mom very happy. She sadly passed away in 1999.

While the lesson was important to him, Briedis made it clear who was the key player in the story. "My mom is definitely the hero of this story," he said.

"[The story] is really about how she was trying so hard as a parent to figure her son out and she was able to do it in a way that became an instrumental teaching moment for me," Briedis told Scary Mommy

The film and his mom's lesson have clearly had a lasting impact. In addition to writing for Saturday Night Live, Briedis is the creator of Annoying Actor Friend, and has appeared on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.


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