"Your character, Ian Malcolm, is being written out,'"
He’s now regarded as one of the most beloved characters in Jurassic Park – but Jeff Goldblum’s appearance as Dr Ian Malcolm almost never happened.
Speaking in the special features of the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom DVD, Goldblum revealed that his now iconic role was originally set to be incorporated into that of Dr Alan Grant (Sam Neill).
“When I first met Steven Spielberg at Amblin, he came in and said, ‘You know, there’s a movement afoot, a new rewrite is happening, and your character, Ian Malcolm, is being written out,'” Goldblum revealed.
Describing the unthinkable proposition, which was first discovered by CinemaBlend, he explained: “We probably wanna give these funny lines and kinda incorporate your character into the Sam Neill character.’ I was just thrilled to be there and trusted that [Spielberg] would do something great.”
In the end, Goldblum’s character would become a firm favourite – immortalised earlier this summer in the form of a 25foot statue that appeared in London.
Discussing the unlikely tribute, Goldblum recently joked: “It was lovely, I liked that whole statue. I don’t know what it looked like in the flesh, or in the concrete, I didn’t see it. I saw pictures of it”.
Meanwhile, it was recently announced that Goldblum will play a jazz show in London later this year to mark his debut album. He is set to appear at Cadogan Hall in West London on November 17 as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival, along with his band The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, who are named after a family friend.