Returning to Ian Malcolm: A Conversation with Jeff Goldblum for the Home Entertainment Release of JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM
It’s been four years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles.
When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.
With all of the wonder, adventure and thrills synonymous with one of the most popular and successful series in cinema history, this all-new motion-picture event sees the return of favourite characters and dinosaurs—along with new breeds more awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before. Welcome to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
In Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Jeff Goldblum reprises his role as scientist Dr. Ian Malcolm, a character he made famous in Jurassic Park and its sequel The Lost World: Jurassic Park...
What are some of your overriding memories of the first Jurassic Park movie?
A: I guess hearing for the first time that there was a part in a movie that Steven Spielberg was going to direct and then me reading the book before the meeting and then in the meeting him saying, ‘You know there's a draft of the script now being read since we made the meeting and that draft that doesn't include your part. Your character is absorbed into this Alan Grant character.’ I said, ‘Jeez, but maybe you ought to keep the character,’ and then lo and behold it wound up in the movie. I wound up, luckily and thankfully, in the movie! And then I shopped around for a couple of articles of clothing and pieces of jewellery and showed up and Steven Spielberg said, ‘Yes, that seems fine,’ and we started to shoot. We went to balmy Kauai and shot and got everything done in those two weeks. It was the first time that we started to work together, shot all those scenes, seeing the brachiosaurus for the first time - which was not there - and then seeing the triceratops, which was there thanks to Stan Winston’s studio and thanks to Dennis Muren’s pioneering effects. And then the storm came. Iniki was the name of it.
The storm was devastating I think…
Oh, I think it destroyed all of the set and all of the island and four people died in it. All of us in the movie had hunkered down in this lower-level ballroom in the hotel and helped each other out and listened to this thing and peeked out as it was raging. We were saying, ‘Have you ever seen anything like that?’
Was it terrifying?
Yes, and exhilarating, and sad and heart-breaking when we heard what happened. And it really provokes your innards; it did mine. It shakes you to the core. Then we made our way back. Kathleen Kennedy [the producer] was very heroic and ran on blocked streets where vehicles couldn't move and got help at the airport and got people off the island. Anyway, we all got back and did the rest of it on sound stages at Universal. It was very exciting and creatively nourishing working with Steven Spielberg and that cast. It was something else. And then when it came out, it was so well enjoyed and a couple of decades later people are still coming up and being excited about it. It was a lot of fun.
When fans come up to you do they still primarily want to talk about the Jurassic movies?
It is one of the most popular movies, Jurassic Park, and people like the Malcom character. Independence Day was well seen and people like to talk about that. And The Fly, too, they talk about that. They were popular movies. But, yes, people have tattoos of me, and they want me to say the line, ‘Life finds a way,’ to their mum or whomever. I am happy to do that. Some other people ask if I can re-enact with me the scene with Malcolm and Ellie Sattler where he puts water on her hand. I say, ‘Sure, fine and dandy,’ and I do that. Yeah, people are still excited about it.
You mentioned the animatronic dinosaurs. How cool were the T-rex animatronics on the first two movies?
They had two twins, daddy and mummy life-size ones playing around there [on The Lost World]. On one of those movies, I forget which, they said, ‘Don't go near the real thing because sometimes it misbehaves.’ It was there on the sound stage. You couldn't go near it because there were a few little glitches sometimes and you didn't want to be killed by that thing. That's not the way you want to go!
Did you enjoy dinosaur and monster movies when you were a kid?
Oh yeah. I used to go to the movies with my sister every couple of weeks and we saw so many great movies - the first runs of The Bridge on the River Kwai and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and some interesting movies that were probably too adult for us. And we saw a lot of Roger Corman, a lot of Asian things. I remember The Blob was one of those. I think The Giant Claw was the first movie I ever remember seeing, with this sort of bird terrorising everyone, and then I remember King Kong vs Godzilla. For some reason I and everyone else in my town just outside Pittsburgh were excited about that. This theatre, which was a jewel box of a theatre with three balconies, was full, like I have never seen it before and kids were screaming throughout the whole thing. If you see it now it is very primitive. We also saw Jason and the Argonauts and Sinbad, these Ray Harryhausen stop-motion things.
JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM is now available on digital download and released on Blu-ray and DVD on November 5 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment