A massive statue has popped up on the banks of the River Thames by London’s Tower Bridge to celebrate the 25th anniversary of “Jurassic Park” — and, no, it’s not a dinosaur.
Now TV’s publicity team commissioned a larger-than-life rendering of “Jurassic Park” star Jeff Goldblum, clad in Dr. Ian Malcolm’s iconic all-black outfit with the shirt entirely unbuttoned, in an effort to recreate his famous pose from the film.
Many have stopped for photos with the statue since it appeared Wednesday to reminisce about the film and Goldblum’s scene-stealing role, known for memorable one-liners like, “Life finds a way.”
Goldblum was unaware of the statue until a friend texted him with a link to a photo of his larger-than-life self the day it was installed. “Whoa! Holy cow!” he recalled saying to his wife Emilie Livingston in an interview with Variety. “I said, ‘Baby, look at that!’”
Livingston said she was “tickled” upon seeing photos of the massive homage to her husband, though she questioned if it was real at first.
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“‘What the devil is that?’” Goldblum remembered thinking. “And then on Instagram, which I do too much of, I saw a bunch of pictures.”
Goldblum recently reprised his character for the latest installment in the “Jurassic” franchise, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. BD Wong also returned for both “Jurassic World” films as Dr. Henry Wu. He and Goldblum are the only primary cast members from the first “Jurassic” film to join the new iterations. The original “Jurassic Park” launched on June 11, 1993 in the United States and on July 15, 1993 in the United Kingdom.
“Jurassic Park” fans will have the chance to see #JurassicJeff in London until the statue is removed on July 26.