The Real Story Behind Jeff Goldblum's Shirtless Jurassic Park Scene Has Finally Been Revealed

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Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Never underestimate the power of losing your shirt on the big screen. Urban legend claims that when Clark Gable stripped off his white button-down in 1934’s It Happened One Night, the hysteria surrounding his bare chest caused sales of undershirts to drop 75 percent nationwide in the aftermath. And when Jeff Goldblum showed some skin as Dr. Ian Malcolm in 1993’s Jurassic Park, it helped turn him from a reliable character actor into one of the internet’s favorite people.

Like so many iconic movie moments, there was nothing in the script telling Goldblum to unbutton—this exercise in the timeless art of seduction was completely his call. In an interview with Yahoo!, the actor recalled that part of the reason he made the decision was to add a little more believability to the moment.

“It’s supposed to be Costa Rica, right? So things are hot and I’m sure I’m in some sort of fever,” Goldblum said. “So all the logic is that we gotta get some of these wet clothes off immediately. As I remember, I don’t think anybody fought me on that.”

According to Uproxx, during a recent interview with the movie’s cast and crew for its 25th anniversary, Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts corroborated the story with Jurassic Park’s assistant director. So not only was this a spur-of-the-moment decision, but no one on the set even thought it was a big deal.

The decision to let Goldblum bare all (or at least some) paid off handsomely, as the scene has become the source of countless memes, YouTube parodies, and even toys and magnet books 25 years later. And it’s doubly satisfying that such an insignificant, improvised moment could become so memorable for Goldblum, whose character of Malcolm is a chaos theorist with an understanding of how insignificant actions can have huge, unintended consequences.

The legend of Ian Malcolm continues on June 22 when the character makes his return in Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom.

[h/t: Uproxx]

New Game of Thrones Season 8 Teaser Features an Important Callback to the Very First Episode

HBO
HBO

On Sunday, January 13, HBO finally shared the air date for Game of Thrones's eighth and final season, along with a 90-second promo that featured Jon Snow and Sansa and Arya Stark walking through the Crypts of Winterfell with the voices of the late Lyanna, Catelyn, and Ned Stark heard as they passed each of their statues.

In the immediate aftermath of the new teaser, the biggest question on people's minds seemed to be the whereabouts of Bran Stark—and whether his absence from the trailer confirmed one of the long-held fan theories that Bran is in fact the Night King, or that he is the Three-Eyed Raven. But now that fans have had additional time to digest the footage, they've noticed something else: a clever callback to the series' first-ever episode from 2011.

Just after the 1:00 mark, the camera closes in on feather which quickly freezes over with ice. To the casual viewer, this may not seem like an important thing. But those who recall the show's tiniest details recognized the feather as a callback to the pilot episode of Game of Thrones, and a symbol of Jon Snow's true parentage.

As Business Insider reminds us in "Winter is Coming"—the first aired episode of Game of Thrones—Lyanna's statue was shown in very much the same way that we see it in the new teaser, with King Robert Baratheon placing a feather on it. Fast forward to the fifth season, and you may remember Sansa visiting Lyanna's crypt and picking up that same feather. Both of these scenes hinted that Lyanna was Jon's real mother—a fact that was confirmed in season seven, when it was revealed that he is indeed the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, who were secretly married in Dorne. (Though Jon doesn't know it yet.)

Ever since that revelation, we've suspected that Jon—who is believed to be the bastard son of Ned Stark—will finally learn about his parents in the final season, and the teaser seems to confirm that it will be an important storyline. Especially considering the growing romance between Jon and Daenerys Targaryen, who is Rhaegar's sister … making her Jon's aunt (unbeknownst to either of them, of course).

The final season of Game of Thrones will premiere on April 14, 2019.

Why Chris Evans Turned Down the Role of Captain America 'A Few Times'

Marvel Studios
Marvel Studios

In 2011, Chris Evans made his first big-screen appearance as superhero Steve Rogers/Captain America in Captain America: The First Avenger. It may now seem impossible for Marvel fans to imagine any other actor in the role, but Evans once admitted that it took a lot of convincing to get him to sign on for the part.

While appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2016, Evans revealed that he actually turned down the project "a few times" before finally saying yes. When asked by Kimmel why he was so reluctant to play such a popular superhero, Evans replied that, "I was scared."

In addition to admitting to "having some social anxiety with this industry," Evans explained that his main hesitation was in signing what was ostensibly a nine-picture contract. "In doing movies one at a time, if all of a sudden you decide you don't want to do it anymore, you're afforded the opportunity to take a step back and recalibrate," Evans said. "When you have a giant contract, if all of a sudden you're not responding well? Too bad, you've got to suit up again. That was scary."

Though he initially declined the role, Evans said the offer just kept coming back to him. And after talking to family and friends about it, he realized what an amazing opportunity he was being offered—and what was holding him back.

"I was saying no out of fear, really," Evans said. "You can't do anything out of fear. You can't be doing something because you're scared. It ended up kind of clicking to me in the way that whatever you're scared of, push yourself into it."

Evans's Captain America has gone on to become one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's most popular characters, though it's largely rumored that Avengers: Endgame will mark his final outing as The Captain. Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, and Keke Palmer are just a few of the actors whose names are swirling as possible replacements for Evans.

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