Ooh! Good golly, it's Jeff Goldblum. (via Facebook)
Jeff Goldblum is a unique character with such an oddly specific way of speaking that it's impossible not to hear his voice while reading the answers to his reddit AMA session. Jeff was there to promote Grand Budapest Hotel, but he was such a natural fit for reddit - even referring to himself as "an open faced sandwich" - that he seemed perfectly comfortable with the place, bouncing from one nutty question to another, giving thoughtful answers with his trademark Goldblumian quirk. He even threw in a bunch of "Oohs," "Aaahs," and the occasional "Oh, golly," to make it perfectly clear that he was engaged and that redditors were getting the full Goldblum.
Did he know as a kid what he wanted to be when he grew up?
An actor, from very early on. I got the idea when I was little, I don't know how, but I did.
Could he tell a behind the scenes story from the set of Grand Budapest Hotel?
Oooh. The whole cast stayed in one hotel, and took over, exclusively, this one hotel in Gurlitz, Germany, and every night Wes Anderson brought a chef that he knew to the hotel and would make us a beautiful dinner. The table lit by candles, and a candelabra.
When asked to reveal something about himself that people would find surprising.
Hahaha. Surprising. Hmmmm. I've never had a cavity or a filling. See? You're surprised.
What are his favorite and least favorite foods?
My favorite food, oh boy, I love all food so much! I'm not picky. And I'm easily entertained and thrilled, but I sure love cold cereal and pizza. And, uh, pasta. But right now I'm making salads and smoothies that thrill me with ecstasy. My least favorite food, hmmmmmmmmm. My least favorite food is some gristly fatty meat.
If he could splice his DNA with another animal, what would it be and what would he name it?
Hahahaha. Let's see. Off the top of my head, I'd splice myself with a dolphin, and my name would be Surf Goldblum.
What would be his favorite book of all time?
Ooooh. That's a good question! I sure like The Great Gatsby. I sure like Catcher in the Rye. I like 100 Years of Solitude. I like American Pastoral. And I like the Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.
Where does he like to go for the holidays?
Oooh, the truth is, there's no place I don't like to go to. It's not as if I like to get away. Wherever I am is fine and dandy. But mostly I like to stay put, in my own backyard.
On what he enjoyed about filming Grand Budapest Hotel and whether Wes Anderson is weird in real life.
Working on that movie and with that cast was one of the big thrills of my life. And I don't find Wes what I would call weird at all. He's unique, super-special, a genius, and out of this world.
What director would he like to work with that he hasn't already?
Oh boy oh boy. Mmmm. Plenty. For starters, let's say Paul Thomas Anderson, and the Coen brothers.
When asked his thoughts on the legalization of marijuana by a redditor who wants to smoke a joint with him.
You can mark me down for being in the more progressive vein. But as for myself, I enjoy the art of conversation after a good night's sleep.
Does he enjoy working on artier movies like Grand Budapest Hotel or action movies like Jurassic Park?
Oh boy, I'd hate to choose. Movies like Jurassic Park or Independence Day were particular movies, where Spielberg and Emmerich worked like independent filmmakers. Spielberg is definitely an auteur. And then those other movies, Wes is very handcrafted, and I do love that. You know, I make sure that I have a good time on any movie. I make sure that I have a good time on any movie. It's, uh, an uncommon privilege.
On what the inspiration was for his laugh in Jurassic Park, and if he's heard the dance remix.
I know, I've heard them. It tickles me. It just happened spontaneously in the moment.
What's the best advice he's ever received?
Gee. The best advice ever given…to me… Let's see. Oh boy. This is a good one. The best advice ever given to me is fill your days with what you love doing. Also, you know, contribute as substantially as you can to the community, and, uh, something the opposite of what the opposite of what the character does in Wolf of Wall Street. Do something worthwhile and substantial, not with any sales technique or baloney on top of it, and give as much as you can. The opposite of the Wolf of Wall street, but I don't know how to put that into a pithy piece of advice. And also, put down your device, whatever it is, when you cross the street. Stop, look, and listen. Both equally important.
When asked what he'd be doing if he weren't in the entertainment business.
Ahhhh. Well, as I said already in my earlier remarks, I play jazz once a week these days. I play piano with a jazz group, a bunch of great musicians, at a place called Rockwell in the Los Feliz area. So if anyone finds themselves around here, you're cordially invited to come to Rockwell. We had a great time last night, it's Wednesdays, so call them up. And the answer to the question is that I have so much fun doing that is that if I weren't acting, I certainly have a good time doing that every day. I love music and then teaching. I like to teach. I like the classroom.
You can find the whole exchange here.