Friday 25 May 2018

Jeff Goldblum says Jurassic World films are doing fine without him

Jeff Goldblum said he was satisfied with his work in the Jurassic Park films in the 1990s
Jeff Goldblum said he was satisfied with his work in the Jurassic Park films in the 1990s

Actor Jeff Goldblum says he has not been asked to appear in the upcoming Jurassic World sequel.

The Hollywood star, who played Dr Ian Malcolm in Jurassic Park and The Lost World: Jurassic Park in the 1990s, said he was "entirely satisfied" with his work on the film series.

But he said he was not aware of plans to reprise his character for the follow-up to the 2015 blockbuster Jurassic World.

"Nobody's told me about it," Goldblum said at a screening of Independence Day to mark the film's 20th anniversary. "I did those couple and I'm entirely satisfied.

"If I never did any more, I'd be entirely nourished and happy and fulfilled from having done these. They're doing spectacularly well without me."

Goldblum was joined at the screening at Fox Studios in Los Angeles by Independence Day director Roland Emmerich, who claimed the destruction of the White House in the film was popular because of voters' frustration with Washington at the time.

Emmerich said President Bill Clinton was one of the first people to watch the sci-fi blockbuster in 1996 after a trailer had aired to millions of television viewers during the Super Bowl.

He said: "People would normally see Budweiser commercials and all of a sudden there was a commercial where we saw shadows going over landscapes and seas and the White House explodes.

"It was the Clinton years and I think people were a little bit frustrated with Washington.

"Actually Bill Clinton invited us to the White House because he's a science fiction fan. He watched the movie first before anybody else."

Emmerich said he was not looking to make money when he directed Independence Day, which became the highest grossing film of 1996.

"When we did the movie it was kind of done not really to get money or anything," the German said.

"It was not done by any studio. We did it ourselves and gave it to the studios and Fox was smart to get it. It was a relatively innocent approach to a really big idea. I think that's why it was successful because people didn't have a feeling they had been sold something.

"It was an alien movie everybody was waiting for."

:: Independence Day 20th anniversary edition is released on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday.

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