Jurassic Park: Jeff Goldblum reveals his Dr Ian Malcolm was almost WRITTEN OUT
He’s one of the best loved characters from Steven Spielberg’s original Jurassic Park film, but it turns out he almost didn’t make the cut.
According to GameSpot, Goldblum made the reveal in one of the special features for the home release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
During the clip called Fallen Kingdom: The Conversation, the actor recounted the shocking story to co-stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, director JA Bayona and producer Colin Trevorrow.
Goldblum revealed it was Spielberg himself who gave him the news.
Goldblum said: “When I first met Steven Spielberg at Amblin, he came in and said, 'You know, there's a movement afoot, a new rewrite is happening, and your character, Ian Malcolm, is being written out.
“‘We probably wanna give these funny lines and kinda incorporate your character into the Sam Neill character.’”
Howard could not believe the shocking revelation as Goldblum said how he made a case to keep Dr Malcolm in Jurassic Park.
Nevertheless he doesn’t believe he had much of an impact when it came to keeping him in the film.
Goldblum went on to star as Malcolm again in the sequel The Lost World: Jurassic Park, before cameoing in this year’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
Fans had been hopeful for a bigger role but sadly he only appeared in an inquiry scene right at the beginning and end of the film.
Dr Malcolm didn’t even get to meet Pratt and Howard’s characters, but hopefully they will in Jurassic World 3 come 2021.
Nevertheless Goldblum’s character remains forever popular with fans, with a huge statue of him lying down with an open shirt – as seen in Jurassic Park – being temporarily erected in London over the summer.
Set up next to Tower Bridge by NOW TV in mid-July, the statue weighted over 150kg, stood nearly 10 feet high and almost 23 feet long.
The monument was built to celebrate 25 years of Jurassic Park.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is released on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK on November 5.