Jeff Goldblum Talks JURASSIC WORLD 2 and THOR RAGNAROK
Jeff Goldblum, a man that has captured our attention for decades with his charm, very specific mannerisms, and good looks. We’re being treated to a healthy dose of Jeff Goldblum in the near future with Thor: Ragnarok and Jurassic World 2 on the horizon. Also, Goldblum is developing a comedy series with Danny DeVito for Amazon Studios. Woo! And, since he just began his three-week guest host tenure of Explorer, National Geographic’s long-running documentary series, Entertainment Weekly sat his down for a little Q & A.
The good folks at EW prodded a bit into his upcoming projects. When asking about entering the superhero genre and Thor: Ragnarok, Jeff Goldblum had this to say:
I enjoyed it. I didn’t have scenes with Cate Blanchett, but she was in The Life Aquatic, of course, so we’d been in touch, and I’ve seen her since. I just adore her, so it was great to be in another movie with her, even just by association. The other Hemsworth brother, that now makes two for me, and he couldn’t have been sweeter or more down-to-earth, like the whole family. What I particularly loved is the director, Taika Waititi. He really got me involved in this because I’m a fan of his, from Flight of the Conchords and all his movies, not only Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Boy but especially What We Do In the Shadows. When we first talked, he said, “I want you to do your particular version of this character without being comic-y or grandiloquent. I think you should do something that’s in your creative family tree. And also improvise.” He was very interested in improvisation. We came to all those scenes and riffed enjoyably for the time we had. I don’t know what’s gonna come out in the mix because we gave him a whole bunch of different choices, I’ll tell you that. He’s great. Taika Waititi gets 10 Goldblums out of a possible 10 Goldblums.
And, it turns out that the Amazon comedy series is being worked on by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment. This will Goldblum’s first time working with Danny DeVito and he seems very excited about the opportunity. The two play old musical partners who were successful a while back but ran into personal trouble. The story picks up with a chance for them to come back together and the challenges. Goldblum even states there’s a chance to do something musical. While they don’t know exactly what yet, Goldblum does love to play jazz and can play the piano. He did mention that his character is a pianist so the writing is on the wall there.
And, when asked about looking forward to Jurassic World 2 Jeff Goldblum said this:
Off I go in a few weeks to London, where they’ve been hard at work, and I’ll try to contribute something to the plate of dino-entertainment. I like my character. I think my character is a saucy, sassy man of some integrity and deep thinking. And of course, that whole world continues to be popular, slam-bang, top entertainment. I talked to the director, J.A. Bayona, over the phone. I enjoyed his movie The Impossible with Naomi Watts, and he’s something else. I didn’t realize he was a good friend of a friend of mine, a director I worked with a while ago in Spain named Fernando Trueba, who’s just fantastic. Knowing that the two of them are brethren and brotherly in their friendship makes me feel very good, too. Even though some might say it’s popcorn-y entertainment (top-notch, of course), in our conversation he was very focused on the serious issues of greed as it oftentimes comes up in those movies, and the marvels of science and reason and the very fascinating point at which our species finds itself both in real life and in this imaginary world too. I’m very interested in that myself, so I’m looking forward to this. I’ve got a few things to do. I’m nothing if not conscientious, so I’m enjoying working on it every day.
Stay tuned for more Thor: Ragnarok and Jurassic World 2 news as it comes.