Actor Jeff Goldblum was 'so excited' to reunite with his former 'Jurassic Park' stars


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  • Friday, 10 Jun 2022

Jeff Goldblum admits he was excited to be working with Laura Dern and Sam Neill in the new film. Photo: AP

Jurassic World Dominion sees the return of the three main actors from 1993's Jurassic Park, namely Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill, who are reprising their roles as paleobotanist Dr Ellie Sattler (presently a soil and climate change scientist), paleontologist Dr Alan Grant and Goldblum’s mathematician Dr Ian Malcolm.

Goldblum, who had returned as Dr Malcolm for a small scene in 2018's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, said this of the reunion in Dominion: “I was so excited. You could have knocked me over with a feather. Is that the expression? Yeah, I was very excited.

“Come on. These movies were so spectacularly enjoyable for me... working with Steven Spielberg, then working with Laura Dern and Sam Neill back then were life-changing.

“I was a different person because of it. And then getting to work with them again, very, very exciting.”

(From left) Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Isabella Sermon and DeWanda Wise in a scene from 'Jurassic World Dominion'. Photo: AP(From left) Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Isabella Sermon and DeWanda Wise in a scene from 'Jurassic World Dominion'. Photo: AP

The 69-year-old star added to StarLifestyle: “Even though it had been 29 years, it felt like we were getting right back on the bicycle and started pedalling in a three- seated bicycle and singing a tune together.

“We were all thrown together the first day in this scene where I had to be driving this vehicle, and running away from some prehistoric dangers of one kind or another.

“And then we had a rig in that car that was supposed to kind of roll (the car) down a cliff, and so it actually spun all the way around...

“Colin encouraged us to improvise. So, we were making stuff up and, you know, it felt like we had never left those characters, in a way.”

Working with Neill, Dern and Goldblum was equally memorable for the younger cast members. Bryce Dallas Howard, who playsClaire Dearing, an activist who used to work at the now closed 'Jurassic World' park, spoke fondly of the experience, saying it was “absolutely amazing on so many levels”.

She elaborated: “They have all done so many projects that have had such a huge impact on culture. And they themselves are so wildly talented.

“Plus, they’re incredibly warm, sweet, beautiful human beings. It was incredible getting to work with them.

“Then, on top of that, we got to work with the characters that we love so much. I’m like, ‘Oh my god, it’s Dr Ian Malcolm.’ You know what I mean?”

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