When given 15 minutes to speak as part of a tribute to your life and career, most people would do something simple like thank everyone who helped them get where they are or air some long-held grievances, but Jeff Goldblum isn’t most people. As shared by The Hollywood Reporter, Goldblum recently had a chance to spend 15 minutes talking about himself during a tribute to his career at the Deauville Film Festival in France, but he actually decided to use his time to remind people about why he was worthy of a tribute in the first place.
Wearing “a white tux jacket and silver lamé shirt,” Goldblum abandoned his podium early on and treated the audience to “a 15-minute stand-up speech” that also “could have doubled as an audition for a one-man comedy show.” Apparently, Goldblum led the audience in some songs from the Jurassic Park soundtrack, played a quick game of “Six Degrees Of Jeff Goldblum,” performed a dance, did some mime stuff, and sang a verse from French national anthem “La Marseillaise.” Unsurprisingly, people seemed to really enjoy the whole thing.
Amidst all of that, he found some time to reflect on his upcoming role as The Grandmaster in Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok. Anyone who has seen the trailers knows that Goldblum’s character looks delightfully ridiculous in the film, but he took a moment to assure everyone that his performance won’t be too bizarre. He said that Waititi told him not to do anything “really theatrical or comic book-y,” but to instead do something “that is familiar and in your vein”—in other words, the zany stuff we’ve seen from Goldblum’s role in the new Thor movie is the result of Waititi basically telling him to be himself.