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Published On: Thu, May 11th, 2017

Jeff Goldblum discusses ‘Thor Ragnarok’ character, role in ‘Jurassic World 2’

Jeff Goldblum’s fandom legacy will grow again this year as he plays the Grandmaster in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, out this November. Teasing that role and a confirmed return as Dr. Ian Malcolm for the Jurassic World sequel, Goldblum talked with Entertainment Weekly.

Director Taika Waititi told Goldblum to be as Goldblum as possible in his portrayal of the Grandmaster, without being too grandiose, which included a fair bit of improvisation, according to Goldblum.

“I enjoyed it. I didn’t have scenes with Cate Blanchett, but she was in The Life Aquatic, of course, so we’d been in touch, and I’ve seen her since. I just adore her, so it was great to be in another movie with her, even just by association.”

The Independence Day star then addressed starring along Chris Hemsworth after returning for the ID4 sequel with Liam Hemsworth.

“The other Hemsworth brother, that now makes two for me, and he couldn’t have been sweeter or more down-to-earth, like the whole family. What I particularly loved is the director, Taika Waititi. He really got me involved in this because I’m a fan of his, from Flight of the Conchords and all his movies, not only Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Boy but especially What We Do In the Shadows.”

He continued: “When we first talked, he said, ‘I want you to do your particular version of this character without being comic-y or grandiloquent. I think you should do something that’s in your creative family tree. And also improvise.’ He was very interested in improvisation. We came to all those scenes and riffed enjoyably for the time we had. I don’t know what’s gonna come out in the mix because we gave him a whole bunch of different choices, I’ll tell you that. He’s great. Taika Waititi gets 10 Goldblums out of a possible 10 Goldblums.”

Fans got an exciting tease of Hemsworth’s Thor landing on Planet Hulk and facing off against Mark Ruffalo’s monster in a gladiator arena.

The Jurassic franchise, which Goldblum calls “popular, slam-bang, top entertainment” will indeed include more of Ian Malcolm, a “saucy, sassy man of some integrity and deep thinking,” according to the Jurassic Park star.

“I’ll try to contribute something to the plate of dino-entertainment. I like my character. I think my character is a saucy, sassy man of some integrity and deep thinking. And of course, that whole world continues to be popular, slam-bang, top entertainment. I talked to the director, J.A. Bayona, over the phone. I enjoyed his movie The Impossible with Naomi Watts, and he’s something else.”

“I didn’t realize he was a good friend of a friend of mine, a director I worked with a while ago in Spain named Fernando Trueba, who’s just fantastic. Knowing that the two of them are brethren and brotherly in their friendship makes me feel very good, too. Even though some might say it’s popcorn-y entertainment (top-notch, of course), in our conversation he was very focused on the serious issues of greed as it oftentimes comes up in those movies, and the marvels of science and reason and the very fascinating point at which our species finds itself both in real life and in this imaginary world too. I’m very interested in that myself, so I’m looking forward to this. I’ve got a few things to do. I’m nothing if not conscientious, so I’m enjoying working on it every day.”

Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba and Anthony Hopkins are also back with Cate Blanchett’s ruthless villain Hela, Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie and Karl Urban (Bones on the new Star Trek films) also cast as a villain.

Kevin Feige is producing with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Brad Winderbaum, Thomas M. Hammel and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.

The screenplay is by Craig Kyle & Christopher Yost and Stephany Folsom and Eric Pearson.

Thor: Ragnarok will arrive in theaters on November 3.

For Jurassic World 2: Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return to reprise their roles in the first film while starring alongside Toby Jones, Daniella Pineda, Justice Smith and Rafe Spall. B.D. wong will also be back as Dr. Wu, with newcomer to the franchise James Cromwell, who plays Hammond’s business partner, Benjamin Lockwood.

Frank Marshall and Steven Spielberg are returning to produce the film.

The Jurassic World sequel is set for release on June 22, 2018.

About the Author

- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professional in 2008 on sites like Examiner and blogs: Desk of Brian, Crazed Fanboy. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) will be a licensed Assembly of God Pastor by the Spring of 2017. "Why do we do this?" I was asked and the answer is simple. "I just want the truth. I want a source of information that tells me what's going and clearly attempts to separate opinion from fact. Set aside left and right, old and young, just point to the world and say, 'Look!'" To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON

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