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Jeff Goldblum Reveals There Was Almost a Version of the Jurassic Park Script Without Dr. Ian Malcolm

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Brian Plymel
Apr 03, 2018 16:30
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Jurassic Park would not have been the same without Jeff Goldblum’s iconic performance as Dr. Ian Malcolm, chaos theory advocate and black leather enthusiast.

But though Malcolm’s a character from the pages of Michael Crichton’s source novel, he almost didn’t make it into the film.

According to a video interview conducted by Vanity Fair (on the occasion of Goldblum’s turn in Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, though of course he’s back as Malcolm in this summer’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom), Steven Spielberg’s film almost combined Malcolm and Dr. Alan Grant (the character played by Sam Neill) into one character.

“I [read] that Michael Crichton book—Ian Malcolm, wow!

Smart, funny, interesting character,” Goldblum says, recalling how he prepared for his meeting with the director.

“[Spielberg] was so nice... but he said, ‘You know, there’s a sort of movement afoot... to have that part removed from the script.

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