Jeff Goldblum is busy: he’s returned to the Jurassic Park franchise for latest instalment Fallen Kingdom, he’s got a jazz album coming out after label bosses spotted him playing on The Graham Norton Show, and he also has two children under three years old.
It would be no surprise if he was exhausted – but when I interviewed him he was full of energy, quoting a Russian acting legend and re-enacting the moment he got the call about returning to the dinosaur films.
I asked him how he kept everything going.
“I’ve got a lot to do – each day is focussed and demanding as it turns out,” Goldblum admitted.
“In the last week or two, or three, we just made this jazz record, and I’ve got to spend time with my boys – I want to spend time with my family and my wife, and then I gotta come here… so you know, I’m focused.
“But it somehow works out in to some kind of dance, and if I’ve got my nutrition and sleep I can do it.”
The star first played the part of Dr Ian Malcolm in Steven Spielberg’s original Jurassic Park in 1993.
In that film, his character warns about the implications of genetic engineering, and Fallen Kingdom sees him once again trying to highlight the dangers and unpredictability of playing God.
He laughs when I describe his part as small but significant: “It’s not the size of the part… There are no small parts, only small actors, who said that?
“Stanislaski I think, the Russian master, actor master.”
But he also admitted that the film’s themes of environmental responsibility do weigh heavy on him.
“Who of us can be blind to those things and live a satisfying life? And leave it to our next generation with some satisfaction, and put our heads down on the final pillow and say: ‘I did what I could’,” he said.
“Here we find ourselves on this gorgeous, miraculous, lucky planet – paradise of a planet, we’ve got to figure out how we can honour it, take care of it, do right by it and do right by each other.
“Shame on us if we fall into, succumb to our ignorance, our greed, our territorialism, we’re all connected on this tiny, beautiful planet, and all the species are part of our family, we must find a way to hand it down in a way that’s clean and healthy.”
He said that he doesn’t yet know if he’ll be invited back for future Jurassic World films (there’s at least one more in the works) but that he would say yes if asked.
“Who knows, who knows what the future will bring,” he mused.
“But I’m always thrilled to contribute whatever I can to this glorious, epic franchise, and these wonderful people, this family of creators and movie makers, who are just the tippidy-top in all ways, and sweet, sweet people.”
:: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is out now in UK cinemas