Some 25 years after Jurassic Park fans first met Dr. Ian Malcolm, Jeff Goldblum reveals what he loved most about returning to the iconic role for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
Heading back to Steven Spielberg's first movie in 1993, something just worked about the dynamic between the characters and the dinosaurs. From Sam Neill's stoic archeologist to Laura Dern's hardened heroine, Richard Attenborough's eccentric millionaire to his loveable grandchildren, everything was topped off by Goldblum's part as the comedic chaotician. While he reprised his role for the sequel, Jeff has been absent from the ongoing series since The Lost World: Jurassic Park in 1997.
Now, speaking to Variety's Playback Podcast, the 65-year-old revealed what he had missed about playing one of the franchise's best-loved characters:
"I enjoyed getting a chance to dress up in black again and say a couple of things about science and being a proponent of science. The human curiosity and investigation and fact-based storehouse that we have is deeply valuable and must be esteemed and celebrated, but those who would use the animal kingdom and our scientific achievement and knowledge for profit or cheap entertainment or ticket sales or, heaven forbid, militaristic power or leverage, 'woe be to them.' So I liked getting another crack at that."
Despite only having taken to the role twice in the past 25 years, it seems that Goldblum really is at one with playing Ian Malcolm, However, as he once again sticks on his best pondering looks for Fallen Kingdom, audiences are assured it will be the same ol' doc under his advancing years.
Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World did a solid job of giving the series a revamp in 2015, while still include nods to the days-gone-by through the likes of a John Hammond statue - dedicated to the late Attenborough- and the inclusion of the "original" park in the lush undergrowth of Isla Nublar. Jurassic World also managed to bring back B.D. Wong as Dr. Henry Wu (and will again for Fallen Kingdom), but it will surely pale in comparison to the long-awaited return of Ian Malcolm to the dino-mite franchise.
Sadly, it is said that Malcolm's role in Fallen Kingdom will be little more than a cameo and Goldblum will once again leave the action in the hands of Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt. It could all be smoke and mirrors, but can anyone really see why on Earth Ian would head back to those dangerous Costa Rican islands that nearly cost him his life twice?
That being said, with Jurassic World 3 already moving forward, there is every chance that Goldblum could return again. At least he is more open to a continuing role in the series than Sam Neill is, having claimed that Alan Grant would probably be "dead by now." For the time being though, both fans and the actor himself seem more than happy for Goldblum to, uh, find a way back into Universal's movie and be another tie between the old and new days of the dinosaur series.
Source: Playback Podcast
- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) release date: Jun 22, 2018