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Transcript of Interview with Jeff Goldblum 3/23/10

Final Transcript
Law & Order Criminal Intent Conference Call with Jeff Goldblum
March 23, 2010/2:00 p.m. EDT


Moderator: Our first question is from the line of Jamie Steinberg from Starry Constellation Magazine. Please go ahead.

J. Goldblum Whoís it from?

Moderator Jamie Steinberg.

J. Goldblum Jamie Steinberg, yes.

J. Steinberg I appreciate your time.

J. Goldblum Thank you, Jamie.

J. Steinberg I was wondering what continues to challenge you about your role?

J. Goldblum Well, let me see, itís very challenging because the writing is wonderful and the people around me are the best in the world. So Iím just trying to live up to that and to make the most out of what are wonderful scripts and wonderful acting opportunity it is. Plus, my character is always kind of evolving, and itís challenging to try to do my best with it.

J. Steinberg Social media has become a big part of promotion for TV shows and for movies and things like that now. How does it play a part in your life and with your show coming on Ö?

J. Goldblum Well, Andrea and Farrah could tell you better how it plays a part in the show. You donít mean the content of the show? You mean the marketing of the show?

J. Steinberg Yes.

J. Goldblum Oh, the marketing of the show. So I know nothing about that. They can tell you. This is the first timeóIíve been doing it since last year in this kind of way. But Iím sure theyíre doing much, much more, and they can tell you all about that because I donít reallyóIím so busy, consumed with making the show right now Iím not really staying up to speed on all manner of and forms of marketing that theyíre doing.

J. Steinberg You donít have your own account or anything like that?

J. Goldblum I do not. No.

J. Steinberg Well, thank you very much.

J. Goldblum Thank you, Jamie.

Moderator Thank you. We go to the line of Sheldon Wiebe from Please go ahead.

S. Wiebe You have a new partner who is going to be challenging. Sheís clearly as intelligent as Nicholsó

J. Goldblum Yes.

S. Wiebe --and she has a fairly wide ranging network of contacts. And itís totally different skill set. How do you see them working together?

J. Goldblum Well, I now know. Weíve done several cases together. And we work beautifully together, very dynamically. I think sheís great. Youíre right. She is brilliant and has her own skill set and we just work very creatively together. And itís, as much as anything, even given the dark and horrific and nightmarish circumstances that weíre always faced with, dead bodies and gruesome places and gruesome events, we seem to both get a thrill out of the fun and the adventure of the hunt, hunting down the bad guy.

And then, of course, I sort ofówe get enrolled together and she gets enrolled in my by and by, in my other peck agenda, which is not so beside the point, which is, of course, finding out what the whole story was and why, criminal intent of course, thatís why itís named that. Why, psychologically speaking, the person has done it? Not only who did it, but why they did it? And like I said, and I say itís not beside the point because when we finally take it to court, thatís very much the point. Part of it you got to tell a jury hey, hereís theóweíre not going to get a conviction unless they can buy and believe the whole story and the motive and why this person might have done it.

But itís beside that, a personal thrill for me. And a personal kind of side and overall contextualizing investigation to deepen my understanding of the deeply criminal types and thereby all of us and me. Iím on a kind of psycho spiritual investigation that fascinates me and thatís infinitely mysterious. And she and I become partners in that. And itís absolutely thrilling.

S. Wiebe Thank you very much.

J. Goldblum Thank you so much.

Moderator Thank you. We now go to the line of Joshua Fulghum from Please go ahead.

J. Goldblum Hi, Joshua.

J. Fulghum Hey, Jeff. Hey. I have a two-part question here. First, how was it being dead? And, how was it giving your own eulogy on the Colbert Report?

J. Goldblum Those are great questions. Well, I love the Colbert Report. Iím a fan of that show and him anyway, and when they asked me to do that, I was delighted because they are smart. I get a big kick out of their sense of humor and I thought they came up with something funny for that and it was delightful to do it. The whole incident was bizarre and engendered a rainbow of feelings in me, of course. It was upsetting. People called who hadnít heard right away or hadóand would beóand called up sad. Nobody, thankfully, ran their car off the road or had a heart attack or anything, but there was some trauma. And for that, I would dissuade people from doing this. And Iím sorry that it happened and all of that.

But it was not of little interest to me to get in touch with, in some cases, people I hadnít been in touch with for a while. And said oh, my gosh, is it true. ÖIím glad youíre alive and it made me think of you and all that kind of stuff. And it was trippy, trippy.

The first movie I ever remembered getting moved at was a movie called Gigot. I donít know if anybody will know this. Itís a little known movie, I think, from the early 60ís probably when I was a kid. With Jackie Gleason, and he plays a sort of a mute village poor soul and at the end of the movie, everybody sort of mistreats him. And at the end of the movie, they think mistakenly heís dead. And then realize how much they cared for him, in fact, and give him a big funeral. And he, in fact, is alive and shows up secretly for a moment, peaking from behind a tree and seeing the funeral and getting teary and weepy himself. And then they see him and the whole movie ends in this sort of light-hearted way.
But I remember crying at that. It was the first movie I ever remember getting very moved at. So thereís something in that whole situation thatís kind of--Iím sensitive to, I think.

J. Fulghum Well, weíre all very glad to hear youíre still alive.

J. Goldblum Youíre so sweet. Thank you very much.

J. Fulghum My pleasure, Jeff. Thank you.

J. Goldblum Thanks, Joshua.

Moderator Thank you. We now go to the line of Troy Rogers from Please go ahead.

J. Goldblum Hi, Troy.

T. Rogers Hi, Jeff. Thanks for taking the time.

J. Goldblum My pleasure.

T. Rogers I read that Ralph Macchio is going to be on this season.

J. Goldblum Yes.

T. Rogers Can you tell us who else we can expect to see?

J. Goldblum Well, let me see. I wish I had a wholeóI should have been prepared with a whole lineup. Just combing my memory. Now, he was great. He was lovely and what a great actor. And what isóKevin Conway is in an episode that I think will play sort of shortly end of the season who was absolutely wonderful. Gee, manyóKaren Olivo, who was on Broadway In the Heights and West Side Story. She was in this last episode that we did and just a ton of other people.

Thatís one of the lucky things about doing this show. It feels to me youíre like in this anthology series and you get--the casting people are fantastic. And you get the cream of the whole acting community showing up. Itís just great.

T. Rogers Thanks.

Now, with the Law and Order franchise, thereís always a turnover of cast members. I wanted to know what do you think the loss of Vincent, Kathryn, and Eric willóhow will that affect the show or how will that affect the way you see the show?

J. Goldblum Well, let me see. How will it affect the show? I mean, I think theyíre the best actors around. I love the show with them and I love their characters and Iíll miss them. It wonít ever be the same. All three of them were spectacular and irreplaceable.

So itís a different kind ofóThereíll be a different kind of show, although the flavor is something of the Law and Order flavor. It will beófollow something of the same flavors. But Iíll miss them. I think theyíre just great.

I can talk about Saffron and her character and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and her character. And how excited I am about them.

But it will very different. But I love these two new actors and characters. I feel lucky to be working with them and Iím thrilled about the characters that they wrote for them. And what theyíre doing in the show and how we all play together.

T. Rogers Thanks.

J. Goldblum I hope people like them.

T. Rogers Thank you, Jeff.

J. Goldblum Thank you.

Moderator Thank you. We now go to the line of Christine Zimmer from All Things Law and Order. Please go ahead.

C. Zimmer Hi, Jeff. Thank you so much for taking my call.

J. Goldblum Thanks, Christine.

C. Zimmer I have a question. Last season, we saw that like yourself, Zack Nichols is very talented playing the piano. What other ďGoldblumismsĒ shall we see this season or what would you like to incorporate into the character of Zack Nichols that are a part of you?

J. Goldblum Letís see. Gee, I donít know if I have any other show business tricks up my sleeve or any other talents. Iím just trying to play, be as smart as I can, and bring what I know is passion in the writing and in the character and in the real lives that weíre trying to depict.

We have a great guy named Mike Struck, whoís on the set all the time, whoís a real and a masterful detective and police person. And I realize all the time that to really do that job would be very difficult. You have to have a very particular skill set for it, talent for it, and appetite for it. And Iím just trying to pretend in a way that is at least believable. Boy, that would be a tough job, I tell you.

C. Zimmer Yes. The other question I have is weíre almost about the same age and Iím just curious, if they had an iPod, a thing like an iPod when you were a teenager growing up, what kind of music would you have had on it? You have a very interesting musical background. Iím just curious what influenced you as a kid.

J. Goldblum Well, I remember the school, the earliest stuff I can remember is whenóI mean, the Beatles were introduced when I was a kid. So I was very thrilled about the Beatles, including the first couple ofóI Want to Hold Your Hand and Love you, yeah, yeah, yeah. All that. When those came out on 45s, the world had changed in some way and I was very thrilled about it. And then a little later, when the White Album and Sergeant Pepper and Magical Mystery Tour came out, it meant a lot to me. It was a big deal.

Early on, too, Motown stuff was big in those days. Stop in the Name of Love. And all the Motown stuff around then was big with me. Then, my parents, we had a hi-fi andó

C. Zimmer Yes.

J. Goldblum --they hadóthey were jazz lovers and they had a couple ofóthey had some Erroll Garner records, a jazz pianist whoís active, whoís also from Pittsburgh as I am. That made an impression on me. And I remember hearing Thelonious Monk. And then, my older brother was a big jazz fan and got the Modern Jazz Quartetó

C. Zimmer Yes.

J. Goldblum --and was into that. And some Brazilian music. I remember Stan Getz, this album he had from Stan Getz from the Astrud Gilberto records. That made a big impression on me. All of those.

C. Zimmer Interesting. Very interesting.

J. Goldblum Yes.

C. Zimmer Well, thank you.

J. Goldblum Thank you so much.

Moderator Thank you. We now go to the line of Stefan Blitz from Please go ahead.

S. Blitz Hey, Jeff. How are you?

J. Goldblum Good, Stefan. How are you?

S. Blitz Good. Iím a huge fan of yours for all the work youíve done.

J. Goldblum Youíre so nice. Thank you.

S. Blitz First question I have for you is the premiere actually was pretty unique becauseóthe jump-off premiere because it felt like a setup for a spin-off series. A spin-off of actually the series itself.

J. Goldblum Hmm. Yes. Yes.

S. Blitz Does the atmosphere on the set feel like a new show or does it just feel like a continuation of the show that youíd previously guest starred on?

J. Goldblum Well, letís see. I mean, I know I did eight of them last year and youíre right, it was different. It was all different cast members that year. But the stories and the quality of the writing and the high quality of the production and the crew is still the same. So it feels familiar butóand I miss the cast members who are gone. I adored them.

But it does feel like a new show in a lot of ways. And Iím crazy about Saffron Burrows and the character. They wrote it for her and the way sheís doing it. And Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio is spectacular and I love her and her character, too. So yes, it feels kind of new to me.

S. Blitz Awesome. And the second question is a real fan question, which is was the end martian sequence in Life Aquatic a deliberate homage to the end martian sequence in Buckaroo Banzai?

J. Goldblum Thatís so funny. At the time that we were doing it, I remember Wes Anderson talking a little bit about that and sayingólet me see. Did he have anotherówas there anotheróHe mentioned a couple of movies that heísóbecause heís a hipster and a sophisticate and archivist and knows all kind of movies. But yes, he talked about Buckaroo Banzai. He said that it was a little bitóHe really related to that in some way. Thatís right.

S. Blitz Öabout the single skip you do in both.

J. Goldblum I do?

S. Blitz Yes, you kind of do like the martial skit. It was very much an intentional fan in both films quite a bit and there wasó

J. Goldblum Thatís funny.

S. Blitz That you were in both of them made it perfect.

J. Goldblum Oh, thank you so much. Yes, I liked both of those movies. Iím glad to have been in them.

S. Blitz Well, thank you so much for your time today.

J. Goldblum Thank you so much.

Moderator Thank you. We go to the line of Jay Jacobs from Please go ahead.

J. Jacobs Hi, Jeff. Nice to talk to you.

J. Goldblum Nice to you, Jay.

J. Jacobs I actually just last week got in the mail your first series Tenspeed and Brownshoe, which has just been released on DVD.

J. Goldblum No kidding?

J. Jacobs Yes.

J. Goldblum I didnít know that.

J. Jacobs Yes.

J. Goldblum Thatís hilarious.

J. Jacobs It just came out last week. It just came to me. Butó

J. Goldblum It did? Where is it available? Where do you get it?

J. Jacobs You can get it through or Iím sure itís probably available through stores and everything like that.

J. Goldblum Iíll be a ring-tailed monkey.

J. Jacobs So Iíve got to ask you, itís been many years and youíve certainly done a lot of films since then and a lot of TV work, but it was recurring. But it wasnít until Raines a few years ago when you actually went back into a regular TV series as a regular character. And of course, Law and Order CI. How is it different working on a series than doing films and recurring roles and stuff like that? And do you enjoy one more than the other?

J. Goldblum Iím having as good a time as Iíve ever had right now. And there are some obvious differences that Iím sure youíve heard about before. I mean, first of all, for me this is the longest, now, the longest job Iíve ever had. Iíve never hadó

J. Jacobs Yes?

J. Goldblum Yes, Iíve never had a movie that lasted this long and I never did a series this long. So now, into the second season, itís the longest job of any kind that Iíve ever had.

J. Jacobs Yes.

J. Goldblum So thatís a little different. I see the same people, happily, every day. That feels familiar and family like. And Iím enjoying that. And the character, youíve heard people talk about this, but I think itís a very nice creative opportunity where in a series where there, where you get great writers, too. And as Paul Schrader told me at the time a couple of years ago when we were doing Adam Resurrected, he thought the best writers in writing was now on TV.

But if you get great writers and people who want to, who care very much and want to do good things, and you kind of write as you go I think thatís a very viable legitimate creative way to sort of see what works and kind of make it up as you go and kind of elaborate on it and make it more and keep writing the whole novel and the whole huge screenplay as you go. And act it that way. Itís kind of like life a little bit.

Itís kind of like making a journey on a dark highway road in a car with only your headlights ahead of you and you canít see the road, but you can see the road in front of you, but you can make the whole trip that way. I like that idea. And so, Iíve found it very creative so far, but maybe Iím in a relaxed and creative spot myself. Iím always trying to get better. And I do like that.

I have a work ethic that I think I inherited from my father in a way. He used to get up early every morning and routinely and put in an honest dayís work and I kind of like that. I like having a place to go and feeling like this is not just something I got to get through and make the best out of and hopefully, do my best with. But itís my way of life. I still want to do my best with it, but itís what I do every day. Itís part of the daily, my daily routine. I really like that. I really like it.

And this particular show, the actors are so good and the writers are so good and the producers caring. Itís a very nice, nice thing for me. I like it a lot.

J. Jacobs Perfect. And could you talk a little bit about your memories of doing your first series that I just mentioned Tenspeed and Brownshoe? How is that different?

J. Goldblum Letís see. Let me see. I enjoyed that. We only didówhat did we do? Seven, thirteen. What did we do?

J. Jacobs I donít remember exactly but I think there were like two or three disks in the DVD.

J. Goldblum Yes. I think we did like 13 of those. So fewer already than Iíve done of this. Well, Steve Cannell was great. And I think heís talked and feels like talking. He thinks highly ofóheís proud of what we did there and Ben Vereen was fantastic. And I remember having a good time with it. I liked it. I remember Bill Clinton. I met him a couple of times. He came up and said you know youíve done a lot of things, Jeff. But my favorite thing was Tenspeed and Brownshoe. I never missed an episode.

J. Jacobs Perfect. Well, thank you very much, Jeff.

J. Goldblum Thank you so much.

Moderator Thank you. We go to the line of Lena Lamoray from Please go ahead.

J. Goldblum Hi, Lena.

L. Lamoray Hi, Jeff.

L. Lamoray You have a very unique acting style. So how does it come in handy on Law and Order and do you get to ad lib at all?

J. Goldblum Oh, thatís funny. Well, Iím trying to do my best on it. And I feel like I can make use of the way I am learning, still learning to tackle things. And yes, itís veryóthey have wonderful writers. Itís meticulously written, but here and there, we can and are encouraged to do little tweaks and additions and be loose about it in one way or another, yes, which I enjoy also.

L. Lamoray Can we expect to see more piano playing by you this season?

J. Goldblum Let me see. Did I play withówell, see, less so far. We have a few yet to go. So I donít know what they have in mind for me, but thereís less piano playing so far, except Iím thinking of one episode that we just finished, what did I do? Oh, yes, I justóI lean over. Thereís a young student, piano student, girl, at a performing arts college and sheís playing something and I say oh, I get interested in it. And while sheís still there, I lean over and play a few notes of something. And I think, hum along with it. And do some humming and playing. But thatís about all Iíve done musically this year.

L. Lamoray Great. Thank you so much.

J. Goldblum Thank you so much.

Moderator Thank you. We go to the line of Kristyn Clarke from Please go ahead.

J. Goldblum Hi, Kristyn.

K. Clarke Hi, Jeff. So which one of your characterís traits are you best able to relate with?

J. Goldblum Traits? Traits, traits. Which characterís traits?

K. Clarke Yes.

J. Goldblum Let me see. Let me see. Well, Iím thinking of this character Nichols, and I wish I were as smart. Boy, it would be tough. I donít think I could do that job really as effectively as he does it. After many years on theótrying to do it, heís a veryólike our consultant, Mike Struck. Theyíre eighth degree black belt practitioners. And theyíre so smart and then, intuitive and creative about it. I like to think thereís some kind of parallel, at least in even what Iím trying to do as an actor, although I still feel like a beginner every day in many ways. But I aspire to getting as proficient and smart about and creative with and I do share a passion with what I think Nichols feels for his work, for my work.

Letís see. What else? What else? I think he has fun. I think my character, Nichols, has a lot ofóhas a kind of a grand time and an inner secret. Funny fun with it. And Ióthatís also true of me here and there. At least, I aspire to that also. To always finding the enjoyableness in my activities. But I have. Luckily, Iíve found things to do. Acting, for instance. That I do find a blast. So thereís a couple of things.

K. Clarke Good things. And as my follow-up, what do you feel it is about the show going into the season nine now, that resonates well with viewers? What has kept it going?

J. Goldblum Gee. Well, theyíve all--Dick Wolf is a brilliant guy and a passionate and caring guy and attracts terrific people around him, the whole producing team and the writers that he gets. They just do high quality things. And then, thereís something about solving crimes like they do, and New York City. That at least would appeal to me. I canít speak for everybody. And what it is, they know more than other people, Iím sure, have thought about it more and know more about it than I do.

But I know for me, I kind of am in love with New York stories and New York City. I saw recently this documentary that Ric Burns did called New York that gives you 400 years of history about this very unique place where people are put together in the closest proximity from the widest ranging places. The most diverse people stuck together. And it creates, not only a hot bed of creativity and spiritedness of all kinds. But trouble, too, and problems and challenges and the need to solve them, and these New York stories, these crimes and criminal life and trying to keep the streets safe are a part of these New York stories. And I love that myself.

And of course, the reason I think itís also been successful is because the great actors theyíve had, too. Iíve always wanted to watch Michael Moriarty or Sam Waterston or Vince DíOnofrio or Katie Erbe, all those people. Jerry Orbach. Iíd tune in to see them any time.

K. Clarke Great. Thank you so much.

J. Goldblum Thank you so much.

Moderator Thank you. We now go to the line of Patty Grippo from Please go ahead.

J. Goldblum Hi, Patty.

P. Grippo Hi, Jeff. Thanks for talking with us today.

J. Goldblum Thank you.

P. Grippo Okay. Iím going to start out by telling you, Iím a huge fan. You need to know this because I need to ask you a question about whatís going on out there, though. Apparently, thereís a lot of strong feelings within the fan communities since youíve joined the cast of the show, and they seem toóa lot of them seem to feel that itís kind of lost its edge and become lighter. Theyíre sort of addressing it as the Jeff Goldblum Hour. So hereís your chance, if you will, could youóI mean, what would you say to these people?

J. Goldblum Oh, well, gee. First of all, I donítóitís news to me because I kind of donít stay very in touch with all theóIíve been consumed with making the show.

P. Grippo Right.

J. Goldblum I donít know. I mean, everybody has their own opinion. Iím doing the best that I can and I know the writers are tryingóthere are some very heavy and gruesome episodes that weíve done. But itís true. I think part of their idea about my character is that I have aóI love. Iím very passionate for the work, for solving these crimes and for particularly investigating the intent, like the title says of having to do with why these criminal people, these people so far off the rails would have done what theyíve done and what that means for knowing about the human being generally and for myself.

I think Iím on a very passionate and mysterious and infinitely interesting, at least in my own character kind of mission. But that along with it, I have a great time, too. Whatever Iíve been through before. And weíve made up a lot of stuff that hasnít come to the surface, that doesnít come to the surface conspicuously or literally. Iím at a place where I find myself very present, feeling very present and alive and enjoying myself no end. I think I enjoy myself. Even in these gruesome circumstances and I guess, even especially when thereís been shocking loss and all the physical world has been thrown into chaos. It feels like an opportunity to Zack Nichols to find whatís important in life and find the deeper meanings in life in a very enjoyable way. And I like solving the puzzle, too.

P. Grippo Itís obvious, actually. I personally enjoy it. It wasnít from me.

Now, the other question that a lot of people seem to want to know is youíve been involved with a lot of things and not in just making films as an actor, but producing different things or being on the festivals, judging and things like that. What are you doing now that youíre working on outside of the show? Anything?

J. Goldblum Well, letís see. This is so consuming that I feel like my plate is kind of full and weíre going to keep filming till May, mid May. Letís see. What else am I doing besides this? Well, I play my piano all the time.

P. Grippo Yes.

J. Goldblum I like to keep up with that. And there are things that I am considering after we finish, but nothing thatís really worth talking about at this point.

P. Grippo Okay. Well, thank you very much.

J. Goldblum Thank you so much.

Moderator Thank you. We now go to the line of Icess Fernandez from Character Playground. Please go ahead.

J. Goldblum Hello.

I. Fernandez Hello, Jeff, how are you?

J. Goldblum Good. Whatís your first name?

I. Fernandez Icess, like the goddess.

J. Goldblum Thatís fantastic. Hi, Icess.

I. Fernandez Hi. My first question, and Iíve been wanting to ask you this for a very, very long time actually. Youíre known for playing quite quirky characters and definitely characters of a different point of view. And among my favorites is the very short-lived, but quite awesome Raines. Could you talk a little bit about how you approach a character and how you use the script to aid in your approach?

J. Goldblum Well, how I approach the script? Okay.

I. Fernandez Yes, how you would approach a character and then use whatís in the script and then maybe bring something to the table from your own references to create a character.

J. Goldblum I see. Thatís a very interesting question. Well, I love writers and good writing and literature and stories and a good script. So I try to, as much as anything, figure out what they meant, what this thing is about, and there are many nuts and bolts issues that come up in that vein, in our show or a lot of scripts and stories.

What exactly and specifically? Thatís an important question in the theatrical dictionary, an important word. What specifically do they have in mind for this, are they trying to depict for this? What reality are they trying to depict here? This is nothing new. Everybodyís doneóand anybodyís trying to do this, but it constantly fascinates me. And more and more, I try to give myself over to and serve what theyíre doing. And not only that, but who the writer is and what their whole spirit is, and inner dynamic and what the message theyíre trying to, and feeling that theyíre trying, and song that theyíre trying to sing?

And Iím, in many ways the concierge delivering the message up to the room. And I try to do that as faithfully as I can. And then, beyond that, just use my own instincts because thereís nothingóitís not math. Itís not a science. Thereís nothing empirical. Is that the right word? Measurable. And finally, thereís no foul line that you can either hit the ball within or go out of. You have to, and everybodyís going to have their own opinion about it. But you have to use your own taste and instincts about what it is. And as long as it gets youróonce youíre serving the script, if you can, and you must, get your own mojo working. And however that takes place. And itís different every time. The adventure is kind of a little different every time. Thatís what needs to happen, too. Whatever interests you.

Itís kind of like what my character, Zack Nichols, does in an unconventional way. He comes to a crime scene and doesnít really go well, this is what you are supposed to do. This is what you would do. This is what logically leads to a deduction from A to B. But as much as that, and he does that too, but as much as that, itís kind of hm, what interests me? What do I notice and what in my stomach and blood and soul and fingertips and taste buds am I attracted to here? And I trust my individuality there. He does. And I do in the sameóI try to in the same way that I act. And something like that.

I. Fernandez Ah. Wow, thatís a lot to think about for a writer on this side. I guess, writing the script or writing the story. So like to think about the process and to actually translate it foróto help the actor out or help the reader out with the interpretation.

J. Goldblum Yes.

I. Fernandez So follow-up question. Letís get back to the show now. Since earlier you said it feels like a new show. How will this season continue with what fans enjoy? And thereís lots of little aspects our fans enjoy of CI. While documenting and exploring a sort of changing of the guard. I know that has to be pretty fascinating.

J. Goldblum Yes. Well, who knows for whom it will be fascinating? It fascinates me. And I love these characters that theyíve written for Saffron and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. Theyíre great actors and great people. Itís fun to hang out with them all day because we work 12, 13, 14 hours some days. And you spend your whole life together and doing these characters and telling these stories. I think people can still enjoy, I would hope the stories, the creative kind of crimes that are depicted. And theyíre interesting in a way.
And the criminals have interesting intents and the whys and wherefores and inner motives and configurations, endlessly unique configurations of what makes a killer do what they do and how theyíve gone off the rails. And what it means for us human beings and what lessons we can learn from it. Thatís, I think, in the same vein and endlessly interesting to me.

And then, these are new cops, seem to be, however weíre doing it stylistically, a horror in a personally different way. Weíre certainly effective. And each week, we seem to not give anything away, but we certainly seem to beóto catch them. And then, with my particular interest, does seem to sort of uncover at least, the beginning of who these people are and what makes them tick and what made them tick in this situation and what that endlessly and infinitely and mysteriously means for who we are.

I. Fernandez Wow. Well, thank you very much for answering my questions today.

J. Goldblum Thank you so much.

Moderator Thank you. We now go to the line of Jennifer Williams from Please go ahead.

J. Williams Hi. How are you?

J. Goldblum Hi, Jennifer. Good, Jennifer. How are you?

J. Williams Iím good. So actually, in relation to a couple of the previous questions, as you may or may not be aware of, a lot of the fans are actually really upset about Goren and Eames leaving. So Iím just wondering if you can give the fans any reassurances or encouragement, reasons to keep watching the show.

J. Goldblum Well, letís see. I mean, I totally underóFirst Iíll say to them, I totally understand youíre upset. Those were as fantastic a bunch of characters as Iíd ever seen. And fantastic actors as weíve ever had individually or together. And Iíll be watching for all of them wherever they go. I know Eric Bogosian is in a play right now here in New York and havenít had time to see it, but I look forward to seeing it. And likewise, Vince and Katie.

As for what weíre doing, Iím doing my best and Iím enjoying it no end. And I think the writers, who are terrific, have written different characters but fascinating characters, at least to me.
I know in Saffron Burrowsís case, sheís such a special actress. I would encourage anybodyóI would recommend and as part of this grief counseling of the loss of the old show and the old characters, I would recommend that they consider appreciating Saffron Burrows and Serena Stevens, her character. Saffron is such a uniquely beautiful actor inside and out. And wildly intelligent. Wildly intelligent. And so that they know, has passions, if they look her up a little bit, politically and having to do with the world that are very interesting and compelling to me. So fun to be around for me.

And she brings all of this to the show. Sheís passionate and sheís been a movie star that Iíve been very interested in for a long time. We did a movie together called Fay Grim in Berlin some years ago with Parker Posey that Hal Hartley directed. And Iíve loved her in The Guitar and The Bank Job and Troy. So I would encourage people to really get into her and appreciate her. Sheís sexy as can be and does this part theyíve written for her. A very interesting part, this detective from Chicago who has an interesting back story that we can only guess at a little bit and a daughter that we can guess at a little bit. We have to imagine about. But a very whole and multifaceted life.

And then, let me encourage them to get into Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. And seeing her every week. I adore her. Weíd done a play together some years ago. But for anybody whoís seen her from the beginning in Scarface or The Color of Money or an eye on the stage here in New York through the years. She is spectacular, as talented deeply, richly talented and an actor as there is. Given to a rainbow of color choices in her paint box. And theyíve written for her just the beginnings already of a character that is veryóthat is not only unique, but multidimensional and colorful and complicated.

So I would, as a fan, I would tune in to see those two. Thatís for sure.

J. Williams Okay, great. Thank you.

J. Goldblum Youíre welcome.

J. Williams Second question. A fan wanted me, one of my readers wanted me to ask you if we would ever see a sequel to Mister Frost or if you would be interested in doing one?

J. Goldblum Well, you see, am I alive at the end of Mister Frost? No, Iím dead. Iím dead at the end of Mister Frost.

J. Williams That doesnít mean anything.

J. Goldblum Oh, thatís right. Sure, thatís right. Well, I donít know. But thank you. Thatís very nice. Itís a specialty item. I donít think a lot of people, not as many people saw that as Independence Day or the dinosaur movies or The Fly. But people come up to me here and there and it has a devoted following. I loved it.

I loved Kathy Baker. Now, thatís a wonderful actor. And Alan Bates, the late Alan Bates, was wonderful in that. Yes. We had a good time in that. We made it in Paris. It was a pretty good time.

J. Williams Okay.

J. Goldblum I havenít seen it in a long time. I saw it after we did it, but I havenít seen it since then.

J. Williams All right. Thank you so much. I have to say real quick, and youíll laugh at me, but my mother says hi. She was going to kill me if I didnít say that.

J. Goldblum Tell her hello. Whatís her name?

J. Williams Cheryl. Cheryl Crawford.

J. Goldblum Cheryl Crawford?

J. Williams Yes.

J. Goldblum You know thereísówell, Cheryl Crawford was one of the founders. Not the same Cheryl Crawford. One of the founders of the Group Theatre as you may know.

J. Williams No, I didnít know that.

J. Goldblum Yes. And your first name is what?

J. Williams Jennifer.

J. Goldblum Jennifer, of course. Jennifer, well, say hello to Cheryl.

J. Williams I will. Thank you so much.

J. Goldblum Youíre welcome.

Moderator Thank you. We now go to the line of Nancy Harrington from Pop Culture Passion. Please go ahead.

J. Goldblum Hi, Nancy.

N. Harrington Hi, Jeff. Thanks for talking to us today.

J. Goldblum My pleasure.

N. Harrington We understand, Iím here with my sister Amy, weíre writing partners, and we understand that you played a track on Lincoln Adlerís album Short Stories. And weíre wondering if you have any plans to record an album of your own.

J. Goldblum Youíre so funny, you and Amy sitting there. I love Lincoln Adler. I love doing that. What did we play? I think I played on BosocoÖRosario Rosario ÖWasnít it a song for my father?

N. Harrington Yes.

J. Goldblum As I remember it, yes, thatís right. I have no plans to do any recording because itís kind of a hobby for me. If something comes up, Iíd do it but no. I justóthe Mildred Snitzer Orchestra we call ourselves. As is when Iím out of work in L.A., we gig around there. On the Christmas break, I did a New Yearís Eve gig when I was back in Los Angeles. And in late May, when I get back there, Iíll be looking for a place to hook up with my band again and play. But I donít know. We have no plans to record anything.

N. Harrington Great. Well, weíll watch for the gig. That would be fun. What aboutó

J. Goldblum So nice you could come and tap me on the shoulder. Whereís Lincoln? Is he up in San Francisco?

N. Harrington I donít know.

Amy Yes. Actually.

N. Harrington Not sure.

J. Goldblum Yes. Heís fantastic. Anyway, go ahead. Sorry.

N. Harrington Yes. We also are wondering, we know that you debuted in the Tony Award winning musical Two Gentlemen of Verona, and weíre wondering if you would ever consider doing a movie musical.

J. Goldblum Well, yes, I would. I like the movie musical. I enjoyed this last year of Nine. I enjoyed West Side Story that I saw on stage again. Made me think of the movie. Yes. In fact, go seeóyou havenít seen my movie called Pittsburgh?

N. Harrington Oh, no. Missed that one.

J. Goldblum Oh. So itís not really a movie musical, but itís about an actor who does, takes a part in a two-week run of a musical.

N. Harrington Yes.

J. Goldblum And itís called Pittsburgh. And Iím in it. I play the actor so I sing and dance a little bit. And I helped produce it.

N. Harrington Oh, weíll be sure to look for that.

J. Goldblum Yes.

N. Harrington Thank you so much.

J. Goldblum Thank you so much.

N. Harrington All right. Bye.

J. Goldblum Bye-bye.

Moderator Thank you. We now go to the line of April MacIntyre from

J. Goldblum Oh, monsters. Hi, April.

A. MacIntyre Hi, Jeff. One of the beauties of being at the very end of the call is that everyoneís seemingly asked most of the questions I had for you, but youíre really an interesting actor to me. Youíre a very analytical observer in the way that you approach a lot of your roles, if not most of them.

J. Goldblum Thank you.

A. MacIntyre And when youíre keyed into another actor, Iíve noticed, you become more alive. Your energy just explodes. And it happened with Gena Davis, obviously, in The Fly. You guys had a tremendous chemistry. And Iím wondering, as your character in this series or in any acting ventures that youíve done, which actors have really keyed you up and really made you-- brought your best game out and really energized you as an actor?

J. Goldblum You are so nice. Yes. I like what youíre saying because itís kind of the cornerstone of the training that I got early on by Sandy Meisner. A lot of people know, Sanford Meisner now. But I studied with him and part of his, that some people know thatís sometimes misunderstood or miscommunicated. But he teaches a training system whereby the early material is an improvisation of a particular kind that focuses in a big way on interaction. And all good actors are doing it anyway. But his is a very good method.

And I teach a little bit myself. And enjoy teaching actors to do that with each other, not only that but other things too. It goes beyond that. But thatís part of his early thing. So I do likeóI love the part of acting that has me with other actors and allows you to play with other actors. Iíve been lucky to work with a lot of wonderful actors, but Iíll tell you the ones Iím talking about today, these two are particularly spectacular.

And of course, thatís the great thing about Law and Order because itís kind of like an anthology series. Like I said before to somebody, where the cream of New York and the theatrical crop of actors you get every week. So where weíve worked with great actors and itís always fun. But Saffron-- and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Saffron Burrows are both spectacular. And working with both of them, I feel like I have to be worthy of them, come up to my best that I can do and feel like they bring something good out of me.

A. MacIntyre Are there crimes that your character, Zack NicholsóDo you think that there are crimes that bother him more than others?

J. Goldblum Yes, I do. There were crimesóI mean, the first couple of episodes that depict this killing of my friend that Iím personally involved with. Thatís a horrible thing. I think Iím very bothered and personallyóitís not just a matter ofóIím always bothered in the sense that Iím passionate and outraged and full of a fierce kind of sense of justice and wanting to solve this thing. But more so, Iím a very kind of a susceptible, vulnerable human kind of guy that theyíve written. And when my friend, and old partner, gets killed. Yes, I think it bothers me in a whole different and deeper way.

A. MacIntyre Hmm. Youíre from the east coast? You work out west, but you also go back and work in the east, too. Do you think, eventually, when that day comes that you do retire or settle down or stop working, will you retire on the east coast? Is that your worldview or are you an east coaster or do you like the west coast?

J. Goldblum Thatís so funny. I wouldnít take sides with one over another. And I donítónow that you brought it up, I really donít see myself retiring really. It feels likeó

A. MacIntyre Many decades from now.

J. Goldblum Yes. Well, who knows? You never know what even tomorrow will bring. I feel lucky to be around today and if I get to work tomorrow, Iíll feel lucky and will enjoy every moment of it. And likewise, when I find myself here, I kind of enjoy it terrifically. And I do like feeling the seasons again, although itís tough. Brutal. Winter is brutal and summer gets hot. But I kind of like it. It reminds me of when I was this kid, speaking of this episode, the season changeó

A. MacIntyre Yes.

J. Goldblum --that happens here. But I like it out there a lot. And so, I like kind of coming back and forth and doing things both places. I donít know. Even if I wasnít acting, I imagine I would enjoy being in both places in a way. And other places, too.

A. MacIntyre Wonderful. Thank you very much.

J. Goldblum Thank you so much.

C. Fehskens Ladies and gentlemen, thatís all the time we have for todayís session. Iíd like to thank Jeff Goldblum for joining us and remind everyone to tune into the season premiere of Law and Order Criminal Intent next Tuesday at 10:00/9:00 central on USA Network. Enjoy the rest of your day, everyone. Thanks again.

J. Goldblum Thanks again.

Moderator This does conclude our conference for today. Thank you for using AT&T. You may now disconnect.

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