It may have taken 25 years, but finally the world knows the truth about the topless Jeff Goldblum scene in Jurassic Park. You remember that moment, right? How could you not? Not only does it not make sense, it cements Goldblum’s Dr. Ian Malcolm as perhaps the coolest character in the movie.
After suffering a pretty severe injury to his leg, the camera finds Malcolm laying down, seemingly to ease the pressure on his limb. However, when he’s shown, it’s with his shirt completely undone in what can only be explained as a seductive pose. Within the context of the scene, it makes zero sense. And yet, when all was said and done, Goldblum bared his chest to the world in the final cut of Jurassic Park.
So how did it come to pass? Naturally, the idea was Goldblum’s. Appearing at a 25th-anniversary event for the film, Goldblum revealed to Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts that the moment was improvised. “I asked Jeff Goldblum during #JP25 what he remembers about shooting his iconic & smoldering shirtless scene. He told me it WAS NOT scripted,” Vogt-Roberts writes in a tweet. “The AD was on stage and confirmed Goldblum made the decision to unbutton his shirt and everyone just went with it.”
I asked Jeff Goldbum during #JP25 what he remembers about shooting his iconic & smoldering shirtless scene. He told me it WAS NOT scripted. The AD was on stage and confirmed Goldblum made the decision to unbutton his shirt and everyone just went with it. What an absolute legend. pic.twitter.com/0gRxBlHtE9
— Jordan Vogt-Roberts (@VogtRoberts) May 14, 2018
Honestly, that’s the most satisfying answer one could expect to get for this particular question. The actor has proven time and again to be an eclectic and unique force in the universe–whether it’s scatting as his character in Isle of Dogs or embracing his own Jurassic Park roots as part of the Jurassic World: Evolution video game–which he has already awarded “10 Goldblums out of 10 Goldblums.”
As for what made him think unbuttoning his shirt was the best possible solution for the scene, his reasoning is sound. “It’s supposed to be Costa Rica, right? So things are hot and I’m sure I’m in some sort of fever. So all the logic is that we gotta get some of these wet clothes off immediately,” Goldblum recently told Yahoo Entertainment. “As I remember, I don’t think anybody fought me on that.”
Goldblum can next be seen back on the big screen as Dr. Ian Malcolm in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom when it hits theaters on June 22. It remains to be seen whether or not he’ll go shirtless again at some point in this movie.