We truly live in the Brightest Timeline, because apparently there’s a version of Jurassic Park that could have been with no Dr Ian Malcolm.
In a video interview with Vanity Fair, Jeff Goldblum revealed that Dr. Ian Malcolm was nearly cut from Jurassic Park.
Describing a meeting with legendary director Steven Spielberg where he was told that the character of Ian Malcolm might be merged with Sam Neill’s character Alan Grant Goldblum said:
“I [read] that Michael Crichton book — Ian Malcolm, wow! Smart, funny, interesting character. [Spielberg] was so nice… but he said, ‘You know, there’s a sort of movement afoot… to have that part removed from the script. So since we’ve had this meeting, there’s this little wrinkle that may… render this moot.’ I kind of said, ‘Well, gee!’ I felt moved to advocate for my inclusion!”
It’s best not to dwell on what might have been, just enjoy the fact that we live in the timeline that brought us arguably the best Jurassic character of the entire franchise.
You can check out the entire interview with Vanity Fair here, it’s certainly worth your time if you’re either a fan of the Jurassic franchise or just Goldblum himself: