Jeff’s solid Gold

7 Days in Dubai - - LIFE -

Few ac­tors are as in­stantly recog­nis­able as Jeff Gold­blum. He’s such a left-field ac­tor and mag­netic pres­ence on screen that you just can’t imag­ine his lead roles in The Fly, Juras­sic Park and of course In­de­pen­dence Day be­ing played by any­body else - or any other way. It’s a de­light to dis­cover that Jeff is ex­actly the same in real life. Tall, edgy and riff­ing ten to the dozen, the 63-year-old is a bril­liant one­off. There’s only one prob­lem. He’s more in­ter­ested in your own life and times than movie pro­mo­tion. But once we’d com­pared notes on young chil­dren (he has an 11-month old son called Char­lie Ocean) and dis­cussed my Scot­tish ac­cent and fam­ily life in Dubai, we at least had a lit­tle time to talk about the movie. Jeff re­turns as David Levin­son, the mild-man­nered geek now in charge of ESD, the Earth’s early warn­ing sys­tem and de­fence against any alien re­turn, 20 years af­ter the events of In­de­pen­dence Day. He ex­plains what makes his char­ac­ter in­ter­est­ing. “David is charged with arm­ing the earth mil­i­tar­ily, which you can sense is not ex­actly his sweet spot. “But he does love the planet and can con­trib­ute to pro­tect­ing it and sav­ing it. He’s thrilled about a uni­fied world work­ing to­gether - that’s a dreamy thing, isn’t it,” he asks, be­fore break­ing off into a quick bar of John Len­non’s Imag­ine. “That’s a part of him and he also got to use new tech­nolo­gies to solve some en­vi­ron­men­tal crises and re­build - don’t for­get we lost half the planet and three bil­lion peo­ple in 1996. It’s like in your own life when you are scared to lose some­thing, you start valu­ing it more and your pri­or­i­ties come into fo­cus.”

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