However, Joyner had to fight for the part. He went through a tough process, involving five auditions, and was initially pipped to the role by a woman. But when producers realized she couldn’t deal with the young cast members, they asked Joyner to be her replacement. Joyner portrayed the dinosaur in the show and his big-screen outing, Barney’s Great Adventure.
Speaking to Business Insider, Joyner credited landing the role to a dream in which he had had to give a passed-out Barney mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. On his way to the audition, Joyner spotted an advert tagline that read, “Breathe life into your vacation.” Joyner saw it as a sign that he had to breathe life into the dinosaur character.