Here's How we Narrowly Avoided a World Where Jeff Goldblum Wasn't in Jurassic Park
Much like with the dinosaurs themselves, one day humans will most likely measure the time span of human development in the pre and post-Jeff Goldblum eras. Part of this was due to Independence Day, part of it was due to The Fly, and part of it was certainly down to the man's infectious charm and sense of style, sure. But a good deal of it was down to his iconic performance in 1993's Jurassic Park. Lets' not kid ourselves.
Astonishingly, however, he very nearly wasn't in the film at all. 0/10 Goldblums.
According to Goldblum himself, his first introduction to the film's director, Steven Spielberg, very nearly left him without a job. Speaking on a cast roundtable being called Fallen Kingdom: The Conversation, The Goldblum said:
"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. We probably wanna give these funny lines and kinda incorporate your character into the Sam Neil character.’"
The rest of Goldblum's Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom cast reacted to news of the potential alternative timeline in a spectrum ranging from complete shock to abject horror.
In retrospect, the charisma vacuum that was Dr Alan Grant probably could have used a couple, but this kind of gives rise to the question of whether or not Malcolm's story arc, where he's rendered immobile shortly into his film after his encounter with the T-Rex, was basically all they could figure out to do with the character. Either way, Goldblum campaigned Spielberg for Malcolm's inclusion in the film, and for all our sakes, Spielberg eventually relented. Thus, Dr Ian Malcolm, in all his shirtless, Chaos Theory spouting, paleontologist charming glory was born. "I was just thrilled to be there and trusted that [Spielberg] would do something great," he concluded.
Thankfully life, uh, finds a way.