With last Monday’s deadly earthquake still at the front of most people’s minds, it wasn’t surprising that it was one of the hottest topics backstage in the press rooms set up for the presenters and winners of Golden Globe awards.
One of the first backstage was Jeff Goldblum, who confidently announced, “I don’t think there will be another earthquake,” as though he actually were the scientist he played in “Jurassic Park.”
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld, whose show won three Globes, told the assembled press troops that he thought the earthquake was “sensationalized” by the media.
“If you looked in the papers, it seemed like the Big One,” Seinfeld said. “But in L.A., it just seemed like another one.” Asked about damage to the “Seinfeld” production facilities, Seinfeld said the set is being repaired and that the production would be up and running in several weeks.
In more questioning about current affairs, winner Robin Williams was asked about Lorena Bobbitt, who was acquitted of mutilating her husband by reason of insanity.
“She gotoff and he never will again,” he told the assembled press.
Steven Spielberg’s entrance into the press room created one of the biggest stirs of the evening.
“I love getting this award,” Spielberg said. “I would trade three ‘Jurassic Parks’ for all the letters I have been getting. This is much more important.”
Asked about the recent incident in Oakland where youths laughed during a screening of “Schindler’s List” and applauded when a Jewish woman was shot by a German officer, Spielberg said, “They were not to blame.
“So many high school kids don’t know what the Holocaust means,” Spielberg said. “I think it’s fascinating that in certain socioeconomic circles, there is a desensitizing of violence.”
Branko Lustig, one of the producers of “Schindler’s List” and himself a Holocaust survivor, said, “I felt the souls of my dead comrades blessing Steven Spielberg. Every time somebody died in the concentration camps, their last words were ‘don’t forget us.’ I am grateful that I could fulfill my obligations.”