Jeff Goldblum is a particularly tall man. Sure, a lot of people working in show business are, but there’s just something about his presence that is at once endearing and welcoming without being at all intimidating. That was my first impression of him as soon as he walked into the room.
Goldblum was visiting Washington, DC to promote “Independence Day: Resurgence” and he chatted about having visited DC several times, his particular admiration for the Obamas, and attending the White House Correspondents’ Dinner for the second time. He thought “Southside with You,” about President Obama and Michelle Obama’s first date was a “wonderful idea.”
Goldblum called himself “lucky” to have been in so many iconic and popular movies. When it was mentioned that he said the same line in both “Jurassic Park” and “Independence Day” film, he said it came about by accident. While doing ADR, which stands for additional dialogue recording, for “Independence Day,” it was during a chase scene that someone told him to “say that thing you did” in “Jurassic Park,” and he gladly obliged.
On whether or not there will be any one-on-one alien interaction, Goldblum paused. “Yes… but I don’t want to give anything away.” And this time around, the “aliens are different. They’re bigger,” and the alien ship is as “big as the Atlantic Ocean,” he whispers enthusiastically. Landmark buildings will be toppling over and “the gravity, as it flies over, lifts whole cities.” He says this with such awe that it’s hard to not be enveloped in the wonder and magic that is film.
Goldblum’s character, David Levinson, is now Director of Earth/Space Defense and his job is to “enhance our ability to meet whatever challenges may come.” Goldblum then goes on to describe, in hilarious fashion, what standing in front of a green screen is like, while they explain to him what’s supposed to be happening behind him.
“Independence Day” used a lot of practical effects, and, while the sequel has more CGI, it was shot on six different sound stages in Albuquerque. Describing what it’s like to walk back onto set after twenty years, Goldblum finds it “amazing” and “kind of trippy.” The actor has very high regard for director Roland Emmerich and says that “he’s even more masterful” this time around and “very passionate about [the film].” Sounds like there’s a lot to look forward to, then!
“Independence Day: Resurgence” is in theaters June 24, 2016.