One of the secondary benefits of a long and illustrious acting career is the ability to give a great interview, as Jeff Goldblum so jauntily proves in a new interview with Vanity Fair. While promoting “Isle of Dogs,” someone had the great idea to take the beloved actor for a spin down memory lane, through all of his most memorable roles and films. As he says himself, Goldblum had the good fortune to end up working not only with outstanding filmmakers but often in their most important films.
“I was never a careerist… I was after this wild-hearted romantic, art, creative adventure,” says Goldblum. “I’m a lucky guy. This is one of the themes of my lucky life, because I coincided, intersected with important directors in some of their most important movies.”
Some tidbits from the interview include that “Death Wish” was the first movie he every auditioned for, that he wore a beige jumpsuit to meet Woody Allen, and that notoriously abusive director Michael Winter once screamed at him: “Goldblum, start acting now!”
“I came to think, it’s a darn good direction,” added Goldblum.
He also includes anecdotes about David Cronenberg, Wes Anderson, and Steven Spielberg. Throughout the interview, Goldblum’s reminiscing clips along at a remarkable pace. It’s probably the closest most of us will ever come to to hanging out with Goldblum, and for that alone it’s worth a watch.