Originally Posted by zimka
but we SAW Gerry Harding in the original movie and he looked nothing like Harding in the game. Remember, Ellie (Laura Dern) stays with him when they found sick Triceratop. also, going with the timeframe of the game's first episode, and with the overall family theme of the game, it would make sense if Gerry had his daughter with him in the field.
plus, as far as i know, Harding from novels worked at San Diego Zoo, while at the end of the game he says he should go back to work for Dallas Zoo.
so, yeah, it is an easter egg alright, but kinda poorly thought out.
It has been stated already very often but the main reason for the different appearance of Dr. Gerry Harding was a simple copyright issue:
The official JP-license from Universal - which TTG bought for their game - didn't include the original appearance of the actors and brands that were used in the film. That's also the reason why there aren't any Ford Explorers and Jeep Wranglers in this game (And why Nedry's face wasn't shown).
Plus actually TTG thought that the optics of Gerry L. Molen (which played Gerry Harding in the movie) wasn't attractive enough for gamers to play as him.
PS: But TTG bought the license from Barbasol to use the original can in the game.