The American actor spent five months locked up in a hotel while filming ‘Jurassic World: The World After’ in 2020. He confided in matin.ch.
He appeared in the cast of Jurassic Park in 1993 and now bids farewell to the dinosaur saga in Jurassic World: The World After, which hits theaters June 8. Jeff Goldblum finds his co-stars from thirty years ago, Sam Neill and Laura Dern, alongside Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in this final installment (for now).
The entire film crew stayed at the same hotel near Pinewood studios (about twenty miles from London) during a shoot under a bell, which took place in the middle of a pandemic. It began in February 2020, then paused the following month and continued from July to November 2020 (it would have inspired “La Bulle,” a comedy directed by Judd Apatow about a messy shoot in the midst of a pandemic). The 69-year-old actor tells us about it in a London palace.
In this film you will find your colleagues from “Jurassic Park”.
Laura Dern and Sam Neill are great actors and great people too. We became close when we were on tour with Spielberg and they changed my life. So I was delighted to find her again for this film, but at the same time I’m shocked. If someone had told me thirty years ago that I would be playing the same role here today, I would have laughed in their face.
What are the differences between filming Jurassic Park and Jurassic World: The World After?
The technology is much more sophisticated today. 30 years ago we stared at tennis balls in front of green screens. Now we still use a lot of CGI to create dinosaurs, but our director, Colin Trevorrow, wanted to use more animatronics. Enormous progress has been made in this area. John Nolan, who is responsible for creating these creatures at Pinewood Studios, has put together a spectacular collection of larger, whimsical new dinosaurs. And we actually played against them.
Thirty years ago, a hurricane disrupted our first week of shooting. It was awful and scary, but we survived. This experience connected us. This time there was the Covid… But thanks to our producers, Alexandra Derbyshire and Pat Crowley, we were the first production to start filming again. They invented the hygiene protocol that served as a prototype for the other films that followed. The world has never had to face anything like this, but we survived there too.
The entire film crew had to stay in the same hotel. Not too intense?
We weren’t allowed to leave this large property near Pinewood Studios in England. The circumstances were intense, but at the same time it was fun. There was a piano, so I played it. Sam sang, so did Laura. They also published excerpts on Instagram. Bryce Dallas Howard cut some people’s hair. Others cooked. We had a kitchen in the hotel. It was a bit like “The Shining”! We carved pumpkins for Halloween. My children were there. My wife Emily too. And his mother for a while.
What do you think the film’s ecological theme represents, the need to respect nature?
I just had two sons (they are 5 and 6). Nature fascinates me! I’m interested in understanding who these children are, their temperament, and how we can improve our relationships while respecting their nature. And then, in relation to the climate and the issues related to what we do, that interests me more and more. I strive to be like Dr. Ian Malcolm, my character, to behave. I wish I had even a tenth of its potency. If I can do something against the destruction of nature, I’ll be there.
#Jurassic #World #Jeff #Goldblum #shoot #bit #Shining