Jeff Goldblum dropped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Thursday night, and it was one heck of a wild ride. “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; there is no one like my first guest,” Colbert said before Goldblum sashayed out in all of his zaddy glory. As far as introductions go, we can’t think of a better one.
“If you want that Jeff Goldblum feeling, there’s only one source and that’s Jeff Goldblum. You’re a limited resource,” the host went on. We feel that.
Needless to say, the interview was complete gold. The two chatted, flitting from topic to topic, bonding over fishing, Advil and throat lozenges (Ricola, anyone?). Goldblum also dropped some details about his new movie The Mountain, where he plays the man who invented transorbital lobotomy (you know, that old technique where a doctor gently prods your eye socket with an ice pick?).
When Colbert asked the fairly straightforward question about whether the movie was based on a true story, Goldblum gave the most Goldblum answer ever: “Based, extrapolated from and then sprung poetically off of . . . I think one might say.” So, yes?
Colbert, like all us, was charmed. “This is what I love about you. That one sentence was an emotional rollercoaster,” he said.
The duo even began to quote poetry at each other, reciting the classic Alfred Noyes poem, The Highwayman. If they started a podcast, we would download ASAP.
And Goldblum is as happy waxing poetic as he is talking about his experiences at summer camp as a pre-teen, where the community gave him a sense of belonging after feeling like an oddball, and where he “fully fell in love with acting.” Oh, and he also opened up about the night of his first professional acting gig—Shakespeare in the Park—which just so happened to be the same night he lost his virginity. To which Colbert simply said, “There is no one like Jeff Goldblum.”
After this interview, we’re convinced that the Jurassic Park actor could narrate paint drying and make it the most fascinating Ted Talk we’ve ever listened to.