Dr. Wayne Grody is a molecular biologist at UCLA. But his part-time job sounds like a lot more fun: “technical advisor on a number of motion picture and television productions”. He’s the guy responsible for giving Eddie Murphy’s Professor Klump character a ginormous research lab despite the fact that he worked at a small liberal arts college. To Grody’s credit, however, he did try to plant thermal cyclers, which the director found “visually boring”. But, according to Grody, scientists account for such a small proportion of TV viewers and movie-goers that scientific accuracy isn’t much of a concern.
Honestly, how hard is it to find an expert advisor to ensure the tiny bit of science in the film is presented with a semblance of accuracy? The film takes place less than ten miles from UCLA, a 15-30 minute drive depending on traffic. I’m sure they could have scrounged up a grad student from the molecular biology department to ensure that Drosophila is pronounced correctly. Pay that kid a couple hundred bucks and promise them their name in the credits, and they’ll definitely be in.
It turns out Dr. Grody would have done it for twice the price.