Jeff Goldblum's Iconic Shirtless Scene In 'Jurassic Park' Was Completely Unscripted

Anyone who's familiar with the hugely popular Jurassic Park franchise (so all of you, obviously) will know there's one particular scene that tends to stick in people's minds - that's right, the one where Dr Ian Malcolm is resting up with a poorly leg with his shirt entirely unbuttoned for seemingly no reason. As in, the scene that's provided meme gold ever since memes became a thing.

Because it's such a baffling set-up, it's become a classic moment in cinematic history. But why did it happen? Well, apparently it was all Jeff Goldblum's doing, which makes it eeeeeven better.

During the 25th anniversary celebration of Jurassic Park's theatrical debut, Goldblum was asked how the whole thing came about - only for him to reveal that his iconic shirtless scene in Jurassic Park was completely unscripted.

We need to thank American film and TV director Jordan Vogt-Roberts not only for asking Goldblum outright, but also for bringing it to our attention:

Absolute hero.

It goes to show just how much power the Goldblum has - if he feels like unbuttoning his shift for a scene, literally no one says anything. They just go with it.

It's not the first time Goldblum has addressed the famous scene, explaining more of the rationale behind the shirtlessness.

"It's supposed to be Costa Rica, right? So things are hot and I'm sure I'm in some sort of fever," he told Yahoo.


"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."

Sounds legit, to be honest.

As well as the unbuttoned shirt scene, Goldblum also decided to ad lib the bit where he gives a weird chuckle/laugh aboard the chopper with Grand and Ellie. That one apparently came on one of the first days of shooting - and has since also become the stuff of internet weirdness ever since.

Never change, Goldblum.

Featured Image Credit: PA/Universal Pictures

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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