GOLDBLUM Damn, I didn’t know you felt so much for me!
NEIL I found that a bit intimidating, but the great thing about Jeff is that he’s also a lovable jerk. And so I fell in love with them both from day one.
How did your life change when “Jurassic Park” became the highest-grossing movie ever made?
GOLDBLUM I don’t focus on trading any of this – I still consider myself a humble student of creative endeavor – but I do remember opening weekend was exciting. Sometimes I do great things that I find remarkable, and I’ll tell you, a week will pass, and it’s like it never happened. I don’t get a single call. It happens often, you would be surprised.
NEIL One day, Bruce Dern [Laura’s father] came to my house to drop off [her] and he took me aside and tapped me on the shoulder. He said, “Son, you know what? You have a lifetime meal ticket here. Now, that may be true. I haven’t stopped working since.
LAST You hope that if a moment like this happens, your Richter scale won’t change for how you measure what you want to do. I remember Jeff reading a script and saying, “Here’s what you should do after ‘Jurassic Park'” and it was ‘Citizen Ruth’. I could have gone back and done, like, the girl in the action movie, but it takes an amazing artist to say, “Don’t do the obvious. Do what you love and be bold.
GOLDBLUM Over the decades, it has changed my life significantly. I’m a different person than I ever would have been working on that first movie and with those guys in particular – I’m much, much improved. And all the people I’ve met anecdotally who have been moved, touched, thrilled, entertained and excited about all things “Jurassic” – that’s a big deal.