How Jeff Goldblum Became the Internet's Heartthrob

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Yes, that is a 25-foot statue commemorating Jeff Goldblum’s shirtless scene from Jurassic Park. In 2018, Now TV commissioned the giant statue’s creation in honor of Goldblum’s character Dr. Ian Malcolm’s iconic, fleshy pose for the film’s 25th anniversary. But why was it made? The internet, uh, found a way.

Of all the young heartthrobs out there with impossible physiques and airbrushed complexions, the internet has a collective fascination with the 69-year-old, 6-foot-4-inch actor. There’s an endless assortment of memes, .gifs and Tumblr accounts devoted to his unique charms. But really, you only have to look at his earlier film roles to understand how he cultivated an intriguing aesthetic all his own. To celebrate Jeff Goldblum's 69th birthday, we're chronicling this eccentric actor's rise to fame and the internet stardom.