How Jeff Goldblum Became the Internet's Heartthrob
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 67-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.
Science-Fiction Was Perfect for Goldblum’s Charm
In 1978, Goldblum landed one of his first big roles in a remake of the 1956 cult-classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Viewers got their first taste of his eerily calming, deep voice and hypnotizing, transient glances as humans were replaced by alien doppelgängers. Hollywood seemed to understand that Goldblum’s natural eccentricities and haunting good looks were the perfect fit for more challenging roles in ensemble films.
The Undeniable Zaddy of the Internet
We make music remixes of his laugh and watch them over 3 million times. We make Tumblr pages devoted to putting his face on flowers (which, for the record, is referred to as "Goldbluming"). And we slow down his voice to make him sound drunk in old Apple commercials. Why? Because the internet knows how to honor a legend.
His Charisma Off-Screen Is Somehow Even Better
It’s true. The man can do more than look insatiable in front of a camera. After decades of fandom, he revealed himself to be on board with all of the weird ways the internet expressed its love. Just watch any of his talk show interviews that demonstrate Daddy Goldblum looking appreciative, humbled and enjoying life’s ride at every turn.