Jeff Goldblum is Stepping Back onto the Big Screen, Reprising His Role of Dr. Ian Malcolm in "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’
Of Jewish Decent? Yes. Grew up in West Homestead, Pennsylvania? Yes. Slowing down since he hit the stage acting at the age of 17, and spending 65-plus years on this earth? Not on your life. It appears that Jeff Goldblum is always ready to take on the next television or film gig that comes his way, managing to add to his repertoire of work year after year after year.
You may remember Goldblum from his first big break in a major motion picture, playing Freak #1 in 1974’s “Death Wish” or in the totally scary and intensely creepy 1978 remake of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.” Or maybe you remember him as part of the all-star cast—playing opposite Glenn Close, Kevin Kline, William Hurt, JoBeth Williams and Meg Tilley—in “The Big Chill.” Yes, Goldblum has managed to take on some very memorable and intensely moving roles over the years, including his shape-shifting role, going from scientist to grotesque insect in 1986’s “The Fly.”
If you haven’t been fortunate enough to have experienced any of Goldblum’s earlier work, there probably isn’t one person reading this article that hasn’t caught Goldblum playing his most memorable character ever, that of Dr. Ian Malcolm in Steven Spielberg’s 1993 dinosaurs-come-to-life flick “Jurassic Park.” And since he didn’t get eaten the first time around, Goldblum reprised this role again in 1997, taking on the leading man role this time around, while once again trying not to be lunch in “The Lost World: Jurassic Park.”
It seems that Goldblum has experienced quite a resurgence (pun intended) in his career in recent years, starring in films such as 2014’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” 2016’s “Independence Day: Resurgence,” (he also starred in the original 1996 film), plus landing cameos in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and “Thor: Ragnarok” as the Grandmaster.
Apparently those roles just wasn’t enough screen time for this seasoned actor, as he’s about to head back to the land of dinos one more time, reprising his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm opposite Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in Universal Pictures’ “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” set to hit a theater near you on June 22. This time the good doctor, Owen and Claire are trying to save their precious dinosaurs from extinction as a dormant volcano is about to erupt, promising to extinguish everything in its path. It sounds like this next installment is going to be even bigger and more intense for everyone involved—even those man-eating dinos.
So be sure not to miss Goldblum’s next trip onto the big screen because “Remember, these creatures were here before us, and if we’re not careful, they’re gonna be here after … Welcome to Jurassic World.”
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Kathy Kaiser, Matinee Chat with Kathy Kaiser, MatineeChat.com.