Chaos, like life, finds a way. Especially in the form of Jeff Goldblum. Like his character, Ian Malcolm, the actor is prone to freeform dialogue, just like the jazz music he loves to play. And in Jurassic World Dominion, he prepared a whole book full of alternate lines and riffs to insert into scenes. Not always with permission.
Talking to Empire, he mentioned one specific bit he put in. “We’re on a computer trying to fix something or other, and somebody says, ‘Uh-oh, it’s started flashing Error 99.’ And before Mamoudou [Athie]’s character comes in and explains, I was gonna slip in, very quickly, the line, ‘Error 99? Is it Barbara Feldon?’ Now, Barbara Feldon was an agent in Get Smart, a television series from 1962 or something, who played Agent 99. So, a lot of my ideas have to do with references that are totally irrelevant and of no interest or amusement to anybody who could possibly be watching a movie, and inappropriate to the scene. But it tickled me.”
Director Colin Trevorrow expressed bemusement, adding, “He would always bring extra things in his book that, yes, were often references to 1940s musicals, but he’s both hilarious and very powerful.” Adds Bryce Dallas Howard, “I have never seen anyone pitch more dialogue than Jeff Goldblum…He literally had this piece of paper with these incredible one-liners, and he’d cross them out through the day. You know, some of them will make it in and some of them won’t.”
Does allowing Goldblum to write a lot of his dialogue sound good to you? Let us know in comments!
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