Jeff Goldblum takes another bite out of ‘Jurassic World’

NEW YORK – There’s only one person who can say a line like “Those are bananas” with just the right timing and intonation in the middle of a giant dystopian dinosaur movie.

For nearly three decades, Jeff Goldblum has played Dr. Ian Malcolm with a special Goldblum flair. The stylish chaos theorist behind the films Jurassic Park and Jurassic World, Goldblum is voice of reason and comedic relief rolled into one, a diviner of nature’s unpredictability who can’t help but marvel when he sees his theories in action , even if it does, poses an imminent danger to yourself.

It is one of the most recognizable characters of the 69-year-old actor. Yet even in big films like Jurassic Park and Independence Day, Goldblum has such a unique way much imitated tempo that he was never particularly defined by those roles. Rather, Goldblum shapes the characters by giving them his own uniqueness, and not the other way around. Life finds its way in Jurassic Park, and so does Goldblum.


With Colin Trevorrow “Jurassic World: Dominion, ‘, which hits theaters Thursday, Goldblum — along with original cast members Laura Dern and Sam Neill — returns to complete the franchise’s second film trilogy in a sprawling adventure set in a near-future inhabited by dinosaurs spread across the world, as well as ecological imbalance and a plague of giant locusts.

For Goldblum, the son of a doctor and the host of the Disney+ series The World According to Jeff Goldblum, the film’s themes align with some of his own oddities and interests in how, he says, we could “improve our stewardship of the planet .” What does Goldblum, the film-based chaotic, think of our increasingly turbulent times?

“I don’t know what I’m talking about at all. But let’s say the word “entropy” and “systems” and how things break down,” says Goldblum from London. “Before the butterfly comes out of the pupa, the caterpillar has some convulsions, chaotic convulsions. But it’s not necessarily death. It is the beginning of the transformation.”


Satisfied that he may have gotten to a grain of truth, Goldblum concludes, “Hey, what about this?”

Chaos and harmony figure prominently in most conversations with Goldblum, an always riffling, cosmically attuned narrator. He tends to speak as if he’s narrating the inner workings of his brain in real time, occasionally coming up with ideas worth pausing and existential revelations that delight him.

For example, a question about whether his sons’ names—River Joe and Charlie Ocean—indicate an ecological leaning sends Goldblum into a jag about ocean health, fundraising for Oceana, the song “Moon River” (the Goldblum , an accomplished pianist , says his band may be recording soon), Carly Simon’s Let the River Run, the film Working Girl, Mark Harris’ biography of Mike Nichols, and a whitewater rafting trip down the Kern River.

“Water is life, isn’t it?” says Goldblum. “If they ever wanted to drop Goldblum and just go with River Joe, that sounds impressive to me, that sounds like a good character. Or Charlie Ocean. I like them both. There’s nothing wrong with Goldblum, but if they want to change that, that’s fine with me.”


Either through experience (Goldblum’s early films included two with the improvising Robert Altman, “an artist’s daft scrawl,” as he says) or practice (Goldblum credits acting coach Sandy Meisner with teaching him “a continuity of digging”). , Goldblum has achieved his unique cadence and his constant curiosity.

“At the beginning of the day I remember: free association, stream of consciousness, awareness and then openness,” says Goldblum. “This whole acting and music business seems like at least an invitation to open up. Open up both ways. Not only to what is around you, but also when you give back, respond and offer something.”

After a supporting role in Jurassic Park and the 1997 sequel The Lost World, Goldblum returned to Ian Malcolm in 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, in which his character testifies before the US Congress. Malcolm recommends letting the exploding volcano determine the fate of the dinosaurs on Isla Nublar, Goldblum relished.


“I was full of juice,” he says. “I was in that foam of fun I get in sometimes.”

Trevorrow, who co-wrote the trilogy and directed the first and third parts, initially worked with Goldblum a Jurassic World Super Bowl commercial for Jeep. Goldblum wasn’t what he expected.

“You think it’s purely improvised and maybe even loose canon,” says Trevorrow. “But on this film, I just saw him walk into the garden of the hotel we were staying at, go over his lines over and over again, and then come in and give a very precise, considered performance.”

Production of Jurassic World: Dominion was halted in 2020 due to the pandemic. When filming resumed, the studio rented a hotel in England near Pinewood Studios for the cast and crew. Goldblum sometimes played piano there with his castmates and Trevorrow — “musicals and hootenannys of one kind or another,” says Goldblum. Dern posted a video of it she, Neill and Goldblum sing “Blackbird” by the Beatles.


“He’s a beautiful man,” says Trevorrow. “We would have really thoughtful conversations about his perspective of where we are. Honestly, there was depth to all of this when it came to the experience of making the film and going through the pandemic together.”

For the cast and filmmakers of Jurassic World: Dominion, making a film about nature’s resistance to human interference during the pandemic had real resonance. Like the movie, the world could end, but Goldblum is still there and keeping the spirits high.

“What else can we do?” says Goldblum. “As a follower of Sandy Meisner, I am a romantic of ensemble credo and synergy and, as this film shows, what educated, smart and deeply caring people – even some of them – can do together at a crucial moment. They can sometimes even defeat the forces of ignorance, corruption and greed and keep the homo sapiens ball rolling a little further. Maybe.”



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