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]

Harry Potter Cast Remembers the Late Alan Rickman

© 2009 - Warner Bros.
© 2009 - Warner Bros.

The world lost some of its most iconic celebrities in 2016, including ​Carrie Fisher and David Bowie. For ​Harry Potterfans, the January 14, 2016 death of ​Alan Rickman hit hard. Unsurprisingly, his castmates were also deeply impacted by the actor's death and have spoken out several times over the years about the magic he brought to the set.

"Alan Rickman is undoubtedly one of the greatest actors I will ever work with," ​Daniel Radcliffe wrote about Rickman a couple months after his death. "He is also, one of the loyalest and most supportive people I've ever met in the film industry."

Over two years later, the cast of Harry Potter is ​remembering Rickman to Entertainment Weekly.

Both ​Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood, and director Chris Columbus remember Rickman for being stoic on the outside, but very sweet on the inside.

"You’re thinking, it’s the guy from Die Hard and going, 'Oh my god.' If he’s in a serious mood, he’s intimidating as hell. But suddenly I had dinner with him ... and when he smiled, he just became the warmest, nicest human being in the world," Columbus said.

"Alan Rickman, pretty much every day of filming, he had a whole troop of little children [visiting]," Lynch remembered. "It was the most bizarre scene to see Snape in this black robe ... surrounded by all these happy little children who were just chatting away to him.”

Oliver Phelps and Warwick Davis recalled Rickman's affinity for iPods.

“I remember once he’d come back from an awards show ... and in the gift box was an iPod, when they’d first come about," Phelps said. "I remember being next to him ... and I ended up showing Alan how to work an iPod, which was not what I thought I’d ever do in my life. He was a very approachable guy once you saw past Snape’s wig."

"I started to wonder, what does Alan Rickman as Professor Snape listen to on his iPod?" Davis stated. "An audiobook? Some Shakespeare? Some classical music? Some techno beats? I don’t know. I never did ask
him, and I wish I had. I’d love to have known.”

​​Rickman's final role was in Alice Through the Looking Glass.

Game of Thrones Star Sean Bean Talks Reprising Ned Stark Role for Prequel Series

Nick Briggs, HBO
Nick Briggs, HBO

Former ​​Game of Thrones star Sean Bean had a brief run on the show before his character, Ned Stark, literally lost his head.

During a recent interview with ​The Hollywood Reporter, Bean shared his take on whether he'd be willing to reprise his role for the Game of Thrones prequel series. Since next year's eighth season will also be the ​series' final season, fans are eager to get their fix through the prequel series, which is set to start filming next year.

When Bean was asked if he'd consider being a part of the prequel, he said, "I don't know how we can be ... I don't know how anyone can be, since they're going backwards, I'd be younger. Now, we all look a little bit older."

Before you get your hopes up and put all of your faith in the magic of digital editing, which could potentially make Bean appear younger, the actor appears to have doubts about reprising his role in general. He shared:

"I'm always a bit reluctant to go back to shows under a different format or guise ... But you never know with something like this, it just depends on the time frames ... I think if the quality was maintained. You know, the kind of thought behind it, if it didn't look as though it was an add-on just to capitalize on earlier success."

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