He played Dr. Ian Malcolm in the original 1993 dinosaur movie
Jeff Goldblum says his character was almost cut from the original Jurassic Park movie.
He played Dr. Ian Malcolm in the 1993 film, who was a mathematician specialising in “chaos theory”. In the first movie, he was invited to the park by Donald Gennaro (Martin Ferrero) as an insurance consultant.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, he said members of the creative team almost convinced director Steven Spielberg that the movie would make more sense without Malcolm in it. At a meeting about the actor potentially being involved with Jurassic Park, Spielberg told him: “You know, there’s a sort of movement afoot with our little committee here, as we’re rewriting another version of the script, to have that part removed from the script. So since we’ve had this meeting, there’s this little wrinkle that may render this moot.”
Goldblum said he “felt moved to advocate for my inclusion”. He recalled telling the renowned director, “What do I know about storytelling compared to you?”, but tried to make his case anyway. Spielberg told him that some of the team wanted Malcom “melded into the Sam Neill character”, but Goldblum continued to try to convince him to leave Malcolm as his own person.
Goldblum is set to reprise the role of Malcolm in the forthcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which is due for release on June 22, 2018. He will appear alongside Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and more. There is no word as yet on whether he will also star in 2021’s Jurassic World 3.
The film, which is being directed by J.A. Bayona, takes place four years after the Jurassic World theme park shut down. When Owen Grady (Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Howard) discover a volcano on Isla Nubar has become active, they return to the island to try and save the dinosaurs there.