Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom writer explains Jeff Goldblum's lack of screentime
Warning: This article contains mild spoilers for Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom.
Jeff Goldblum’s return to the Jurassic Park franchise was highly anticipated by fans.
But many viewers were upset to learn that the acting legend had little more than a cameo in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, appearing briefly at the beginning and the end.
Defending the decision to have Ian Malcolm only appear for a matter of minutes, producer and co-writer Colin Trevorrow said that he never discussed the character returning to Isla Nublar.
“We never did. It always felt really cheap to me. It always felt fake,” he told Empire.
“It felt like a construct of screenwriters trying to figure out how to fit in a character they love. I have so much respect for those characters I just wouldn’t want them doing anything I don’t think they’d naturally do.”
Goldblum recently admitted that his beloved character almost wasn’t in the original Jurassic Park at all, with producer Steven Spielberg debating whether he was needed.
“He said, ‘You know, there’s a sort of movement afoot with our little committee here as we’re rewriting another version of the script to have that part removed from the script’,” Goldblum told Vanity Fair.
“The people want that character melded into the Sam Neill character, and I said, ‘No no no, I think keep that character’, but, um… I don’t know what I said, but anyway, it turns out that I got to be in it and that’s the way it goes.”
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