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HOLLYWOOD heavyweight Jeff Goldblum has a 35-year career behind him, but says he’s still ‘‘ figuring things out’’ and ‘‘ feeling his way’’.
And though he may have decided it’s time to move on from his role on Law & Order:
Criminal Intent, he says the two years he spent in the role was another learning experience.
‘‘ I feel I’m in a growth spurt,’’ he says in his dressing room on the show’s set in New York. He splays his long fingers and gives a trademark roll of the eyes and a little bobble of his head.
‘‘ I’m on the threshold of learning a bunch of stuff and figuring out some things.
‘‘ I’m feeling my way into a new area of relaxation, freedom, depth, humanity in personal-ness and meaningfulness and finding meaningfulness in the work itself and getting better at it . . .’’
He wanders in his answers, but he’s genuinely trying to find the right words and a unique way of explaining his feelings and thoughts.
‘‘ That’s not so easy to do,’’ he continues.
‘‘ My teacher, Sandy Meisner, says it takes 20 years of dedicated practising and work before you can even call yourself an actor. ‘‘ This show (Law & Order: CI) — it’s like an anthology; a group of new actors every week. And with Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio at the
+ tippety-top of her field and Saffron Burrows — sophisticatedly talented, gorgeous, unbelievably talented actors — I’m learning plenty.’’
The 57-year-old’s agent announced this month that Goldblum had decided to leave the show because of ‘‘ the uncertainty’’ surrounding its future. His last season will be the show’s ninth, with a 10th season yet to get a green light.
Goldblum joined the cast as Det Zach Nichols in season eight, filling the void left by Chris Noth.
Curiously, hanging above the bed in his dressing room is a painting of Brooke Shields surrounded by a family of strangers. It was painted for an episode in which Shields appeared in 2006. Goldblum found the prop in a dusty corner of the studio and decided it was just the right piece for his private space.
It’s just one of the many quirks of Goldblum’s world and it would have been remiss of Switched On not to ask him about ‘‘ that incident’’ — the time Richard Wilkins jumped the gun on a fake internet report and announced on the
Today show that Goldblum had fallen to his death from a cliff in New Zealand.
Goldblum, who says he hasn’t spoken to Wilkins about the report, says the whole thing was ‘‘ funny, bizarre and weird, and a little disturbing’’.
‘‘ I got calls from people I hadn’t heard from. It was like going to your own funeral — it’s a rare kind of experience.’’
You can expect tears when Goldblum says goodbye to
Law & Order: CI. He has loved every minute of it.
‘‘ I feel lucky to be able to do this show’’
Law& Order: Criminal Intent, Channel 10, Wednesday, 9.30pm Fresh fields: Jeff Goldblum (above) says he’s still learning.