Conan O'Brien interviews Jeff Goldman, is left mostly dazed and confused
June 2, 2018 8:25 PM   Subscribe

 
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posted by dobbs at 8:29 PM on June 2, 2018 [5 favorites]


So who is this Jeff Goldman?
posted by grumpybear69 at 8:31 PM on June 2, 2018 [23 favorites]


I caught only the briefest moment of JG on his recent Graham Norton appearance here in the UK and it felt pure "Jeff Goldblum no longer cares" but in a good way.

He was, is and remains Jeff Goldblum and that is enough.
posted by I'm always feeling, Blue at 8:47 PM on June 2, 2018 [3 favorites]


"To goldblum" is a verb, like "to shatner."
posted by The Underpants Monster at 8:53 PM on June 2, 2018 [5 favorites]


If you are in the Los Angeles area, be sure to catch Jeff playing piano with his jazz band when he plays a local club. I believe he plays frequently. I was lucky enough to see him at The Rockwell a few years back. I had front row seats, and even got to have a few exchanges with him as he talked to the audience throughout the night. He has a magnetic weirdness in person, and to my uneducated ear, is a pretty decent jazz pianist.
posted by woj at 9:48 PM on June 2, 2018 [9 favorites]


Captivating, but I kinda miss Gravitas Goldblum and he now seems like a Rick and Morty character.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:51 PM on June 2, 2018 [6 favorites]


Goldman is his superhero name.
posted by rhizome at 9:54 PM on June 2, 2018 [2 favorites]


verb, like "to shatner."

Except "shatner" is past tense.
posted by tclark at 9:58 PM on June 2, 2018 [5 favorites]


It’s not all that hard to confuse Conan.
posted by Ideefixe at 10:00 PM on June 2, 2018 [1 favorite]


Ok, The nickname one was funny.
posted by greermahoney at 10:09 PM on June 2, 2018


Yeah, I feel a cranky sadness that he is now Marketable and Sexy Weird instead of just Weird, Weird, but I do understand the appeal.
posted by latkes at 10:16 PM on June 2, 2018 [3 favorites]


Now I'm trying to think of what Goldman's powers would be.
posted by rhizome at 10:27 PM on June 2, 2018


Now I'm trying to think of what Goldman's powers would be.

I think he would have the power to be the boss of people with superhuman physical powers, as Oscar Goldman was to the bionic people.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 11:20 PM on June 2, 2018 [3 favorites]


Superman: man who is super, Spiderman: man with spider powers, Particle Man: doing the things a particle can, Goldman: man who is gold, just pure comedic gold.
posted by otherchaz at 12:25 AM on June 3, 2018 [6 favorites]


The Man with the Golden Blum
posted by oulipian at 3:55 AM on June 3, 2018 [9 favorites]


He wore a jughead hat in Death Wish. He has always been one of our weirdest actors.
posted by maxsparber at 4:52 AM on June 3, 2018 [2 favorites]


He was robbed, there should have been a series of sequels for his amazing portrayal of "New Jersey" in Buckaroo Bonzai.
posted by sammyo at 5:36 AM on June 3, 2018 [31 favorites]


Need more blum, but less conan.
posted by Obscure Reference at 6:32 AM on June 3, 2018 [1 favorite]


No but seriously is the title of the post going to stay wrong?
posted by tzikeh at 6:52 AM on June 3, 2018 [3 favorites]


How dare he speak to him
posted by littlesq at 7:24 AM on June 3, 2018 [4 favorites]


There's this morning TV show in Australia, and it's the usual dreck, here's the news, the weather, what the traffic is like and the sports scores. Then the entertainment correspondent becomes grim and with great gravitas announces that Jeff Goldblum had died.

He was being trolled, I don't know where he got his information from. He was wrong of course, and we all gave the journo a stern side-eye like WTF. But for a while, Australia grieved the loss of Jeff GoldBlum.
posted by adept256 at 7:51 AM on June 3, 2018 [2 favorites]


Glodblum is the Grandmaster - he does not need super powers, he collects superheroes.
posted by Ber at 8:43 AM on June 3, 2018 [5 favorites]


Can't believe I passed up a copy of Earth Girls Are Easy at a yard sale yesterday.
posted by lagomorphius at 8:43 AM on June 3, 2018 [1 favorite]


I hope nothing takes the Blum off of the Gold Jeff.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 8:49 AM on June 3, 2018 [1 favorite]


So who is this Jeff Goldman?

You'd think my autocorrect would know this by now.
posted by Room 641-A at 8:49 AM on June 3, 2018 [1 favorite]


He wore a jughead hat in Death Wish. He has always been one of our weirdest actors.

He was channeling Bugs Meany.

Perhaps when the fedora market finally crashes they'll all be converted into the latest hipster craze, whoopee caps.
posted by lagomorphius at 8:51 AM on June 3, 2018 [1 favorite]


[At this point it feels legitimately within Jeff Goldblum's aesthetic to have a post about Jeff Goldblum titled with a conspicuous misspelling of his name—like I think if you asked him about that happening he'd have a charming 30-second ramble about the oddness of it ready to drop—so given that the post has his actual name in most places and will thus be plenty searchable, I'm just gonna leave it be.]
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:51 AM on June 3, 2018 [26 favorites]


Needs JeffGoldman tag.
posted by ardgedee at 10:29 AM on June 3, 2018 [7 favorites]


Jeff is a good sport, and will totally play with a misspelling(sp?).

Evidence is seven years later after his prematurely announced death, he went on that Aussie TV show to have a laugh about it.
posted by adept256 at 10:40 AM on June 3, 2018


Imagine if Jeff had been cast as Piter De Vries in the upcoming Dune movies. What a wonderful world that would have been.
posted by woj at 11:11 AM on June 3, 2018 [5 favorites]




When an actor becomes a trope unto themselves, like Goldblum, Nicholson, Walken or Charo. . . is there a word for this, in which a famous person essentially transcends having to portray someone other than themselves and still call it acting?
posted by Fupped Duck at 12:25 PM on June 3, 2018 [2 favorites]


Goldblum, Nicholson, Walken or Charo

... and a clean, quick death is, unfortunately, not an option.
posted by Chitownfats at 12:52 PM on June 3, 2018 [1 favorite]


>is there a word for this, in which a famous person essentially transcends having to portray someone other than themselves and still call it acting?

Selfulacrum?
posted by woj at 1:05 PM on June 3, 2018 [3 favorites]


Why has no one cast Jeff Goldblum and Terry Crews in a film together yet?

I mean that there woud be pure fried gooooold and the press junket interviews alone would bring joy to millions
posted by Faintdreams at 1:39 PM on June 3, 2018 [1 favorite]


I thought Goldblum was sexy weird since 'Earth Girls Are Easy' I am bemused but deligted that the rest of the world has finally caught up with my sense of taste.
posted by Faintdreams at 1:40 PM on June 3, 2018 [2 favorites]


On the topic of Goldblum, I really wish he’d gotten a few more seasons of Criminal Intent. That show was made for him.
posted by octobersurprise at 1:48 PM on June 3, 2018


"How'd you enjoy the partY last night, Conan?"
"IT WAS PRETTY GOOD."
posted by Greg_Ace at 4:14 PM on June 3, 2018


Jeff Goldblum's 15 Goldblum-iest moments

I want there to be a tv series starring Jeff Goldblum that is basically The Knot Store, but every week he works in a new job.
posted by Room 641-A at 5:40 PM on June 3, 2018


Quite enjoyed watching Conan lose control of the segment where Andy got his teeth into circumcision and would. not. let. it. go. That man is chronically underrated.
posted by flabdablet at 6:01 PM on June 3, 2018 [3 favorites]


got his teeth into circumcision

I'm pretty sure that's not a standard technique among mohels.
posted by Greg_Ace at 6:35 PM on June 3, 2018 [5 favorites]


OK, OK, OK, guys, we need to move on this. Who can make this happen -/Funny or Die? One of the late-night hosts?

We get all these verbs around a table: Goldblum, Shatner, MALKOVICH! Nicholson, Walken, and we film a conversation where they all each other. Goldblum walkens, Walken shatners it up a couple notches, MALKOVICH! does a little light nicholsonar... Who else do we need in on this? Eastwood?
posted by The Underpants Monster at 7:04 PM on June 3, 2018 [3 favorites]


That man is chronically underrated

I have made a number of failed attempts at an Andy Richter post. If you have access to the really old Mark Maron stuff (sub only, I think?) I think Andy's is the funniest, of that era at least.
posted by Room 641-A at 7:26 PM on June 3, 2018


@The Underpants Monster: I'd place my bets on Jon Favreau, who has done something similar before called Dinner for Five (previously on MeFi).
posted by gucci mane at 7:50 PM on June 3, 2018 [1 favorite]


(In fact, Jeff Goldblum was on the 3rd episode of that show)
posted by gucci mane at 7:50 PM on June 3, 2018 [1 favorite]


is there a word for this, in which a famous person essentially transcends having to portray someone other than themselves and still call it acting?

"To Connery"
posted by Greg_Ace at 8:29 PM on June 3, 2018 [3 favorites]


At the Airport: "He looks just like Jeff Goldblum!" Yeah, he does, because. Watched Ragnarok on the flight for extra Goldblums.
posted by ovvl at 9:41 PM on June 3, 2018


he is now Marketable and Sexy Weird instead of just Weird, Weird

Don't know about the increasing marketability part, but when I met him (I met him!) almost 30 years ago, he was Sexy. As. Hell.
posted by goofyfoot at 10:42 PM on June 3, 2018 [2 favorites]


I thought Goldblum was sexy weird since 'Earth Girls Are Easy' I am bemused but deligted that the rest of the world has finally caught up with my sense of taste.

My crush started with a made-for-TV version of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" he did in 1980. He was born to play Ichabod Crane. I thought the whole production was pretty good, and the most faithful adaptation I've seen. The entire movie is on YouTube.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 5:31 AM on June 4, 2018 [1 favorite]


OK, on rewatch, Disney's 1949 cartoon is probably more faithful to Irving's story, which feels weird to say.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 8:30 AM on June 4, 2018


My favorite early Jeff Goldblum—and probably where I saw him first—is still The Big Chill:
"I'm tired of having all my work read in the can."
"People read Dostoevsky in the can."
"Yes, but they can't finish it."
(I think I'd find that movie too insufferable (or maybe too close for comfort) to watch today, but that quote has served me for decades.)
posted by octobersurprise at 9:45 AM on June 4, 2018 [1 favorite]


"To Connery"

"To Pacino"
posted by Room 641-A at 3:37 PM on June 4, 2018 [1 favorite]


as kurtz, he brandoed it right out of the park
posted by flabdablet at 8:20 PM on June 4, 2018 [2 favorites]


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