13 Incredible Things We Learned From Jeff Goldblum's AMA

By Kristy Puchko 2014-03-21 08:10:24discussion comments
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We love Jeff Goldblum. Not just us at Cinema Blend, but the wider community of the interwebs at large, as evident by this viral (and divine) fan art above.

The star of such iconic films as Jurassic Park, Independence Day and The Fly has been winning fans and inspiring crippling crushes for decades. His appeal reaches across generational lines, gender divides, and movie lovers mainstream or niche. There's just something about Goldblum, and he shared a bevvy of his signature quirk and charm during a recent AMA, answering questions about his likes and dislikes, his pop culture influence, and aspirations for cross-species evolution. Because of course.

Check out the highlights of his full Reddit AMA, along with relevant clips below.



He knows you're obsessed with him. He's seen and "heartily" approves of the slowed down Apple ad that makes him seem drunk. He knows you love that Jurassic Park laugh, which was spontaneous magic on his part. And yes, he's seen the fan painting of Ian Malcolm. He'd be honored if you hang it over your fireplace.

He types like he talks. Asked about what it was like working on The Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai, he responded: "WONDERFUL. Mmm, let's see, ooh. The whole cast was a gas to work with and hang out with. Peter Weller and I formed a musical collaboration afterwards, and a life-long friendship. And the director, D.W. Richter, was terrific."



He finally reveals how to pronounce "Goldblum!" Despite his "Secrets" appearance, Goldblum is cool with however you choose to pronounce it, but he says, "I myself say bloom to rhyme with Zoom."

If he were a dolphin, you'd call him Surf Goldblum. Inspired by The Fly, one fan asked what creature Goldblum would splice his DNA with if he could. He said, "Let's see. Off the top of my head, I'd splice myself with a dolphin, and my name would be Surf Goldblum." The best response to this reveal came from Placenta_Claus, who paraphrased Ian Malcom, "Life…uh…finds a wave."



He lives in the now...or is great at PR. Maybe both. Asked which film in his impressive résumé he enjoyed making most, he happened to name the two that are now in theaters The Grand Budapest Hotel and Le Week-End, describing the each production as "as good a time as I've ever had." You might suspect he's blowing smoke, but check out how affectionately he spoke about the films in our video interview.

But don't make him choose. Which is better: working on big movies or smaller ones? He considers:
"Oh boy, I'd hate to choose. Movies like Jurassic Park or Independence Day were particular movies, where Spielberg and Emmerich worked like independent filmmakers. Spielberg is definitely an auteur. And then those other movies, Wes is very handcrafted, and I do love that.

You know, I make sure that I have a good time on any movie. I make sure that I have a good time on any movie. It's, uh, an uncommon privilege."

He'd like to work with Paul Thomas Anderson and the Coen Brothers. Let's will both of these things into existence.

Goldblum/Bowser

His celebrity doppelganger is Bowzer from Sha Na Na. Yup.

He loves a good staycation. "Oooh, the truth is, there's no place I don't like to go to," he said to a query about where he prefers to holiday. "It's not as if I like to get away. Wherever I am is fine and dandy. But mostly I like to stay put, in my own backyard." When your film work takes you to Germany and Paris, a staycation makes perfect sense.

He buys his bowties as Brooks Brothers. They are reversible. Enough said.



Earth Girls Were Easy was a sultry shoot. And not because he co-starred with then-wife Geena Davis! Goldblum donned a bodysuit covered in blue hair for portions of the movie and described that experience as "Hot. I mean, sweaty. But, um, provocative."

He can't pick just one favorite book. Goldblum selected F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, J.D. Salinger's The Catcher In The Rye, Gabriel García Márquez's 100 Years of Solitude, Philip Roth's American Pastoral, and Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now. So…who wants to start a Jeff Goldblum book club?

His advice to you: Do what you love. Don't be The Wolf of Wall Street. Trying to recap the best advice he'd ever been given, Goldblum offered:
"Gee. The best advice ever given…to me… Let's see. Oh boy. This is a good one. The best advice ever given to me is fill your days with what you love doing. Also, you know, contribute as substantially as you can to the community, and, uh, something the opposite of what the opposite of what the character does in Wolf of Wall Street. Do something worthwhile and substantial, not with any sales technique or baloney on top of it, and give as much as you can. The opposite of The Wolf of Wall Street, but I don't know how to put that into a pithy piece of advice. And also, put down your device, whatever it is, when you cross the street. Stop, look, and listen. Both equally important."

The Grand Budapest Hotel and Le Week-End are now in theaters.
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