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There are few film franchises quite as iconic as Jurassic Park. Everything from the theme song to its dialogue have become pop culture icons, including the always delightful Jeff Goldblum. Goldblum Dr. Ian Malcolm in the first two films, and is currently slated to return for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Perhaps no shot of Ian Malcolm is quite as iconic as when the group is recovering after the first T-Rex attack. Injured and bloody, we see Jeff Goldblum in his shirtless glory, as the character has inexplicably unbutton his shirt. It's become a meme and even a funko pop doll, and now the actor himself has spoken about his choice to show his chest in Jurassic Park.
It looks like Jeff Goldblum's thought process about showing some skin mostly came from Jurassic Park's setting. Because the park is on an island off of Costa Rica, Goldblum assumed Ian might be overheated, and therefore might need to air his shirt out. After saving the two kids from The X-Rex, he kind of deserves it.
Jeff Goldblum's comments to IGN show how much of an after thought going shirtless was. The actor was simply making choices for his character that felt were organic, which includes his bare chest. He couldn't have known he'd become a meme years later, and would be asked to somehow recall a specific day on the Jurassic Park set.
During his same conversation with IGN, Jeff Goldblum maintained that he wasn't trying to add anything sexy to Jurassic Park by unbuttoning. Too late, Jeff. Too late.
While Jeff Goldblum might not think himself as a sex symbol, that shot from Jurassic Park will always be the pinnacle of his natural charm. That, and his bonkers performance from Thor: Ragnarok.