Sometimes it pays to not get what you want exactly when you want it. That was definitely the case with Marvel Studios and Jeff Goldblum, who is set to delight audiences all over the world as The Grandmaster in Thor: Ragnarok. All of the fun possibilities with Goldblum as an Elder of the Universe would not have happened, though, if he had been available when Marvel first came calling.
It’s no secret that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is a huge film buff. Like any fan, he’s certainly had a wish list of people he’s wanted to work with and he’s been able to cross many notable names off that list. Now he can finally do that with Jeff Goldblum after first missing an opportunity to cast the actor in Captain America: The First Avenger. Feige explained the seemingly unfortunate circumstances that ultimately worked out in Marvel’s favor to Upprox when asked which actor he’d still like to work with one day.
“Well, if you’d asked me that a year ago, I would have had a very specific answer. And now it happened and he’s in this movie and it’s Jeff Goldblum.
“And we had come close. I mean, I’ll tell you, I think we spoke to him or offered him a role in Captain America: The First Avenger. I think the role of the senator that was part of that USO tour in the first Captain America film. And he either wasn’t available or wasn’t interested or whatever. And thank goodness, because that would have just been a small thing and instead we got to wait for the Grandmaster, which is about as amazing as a Jeff Goldblum ‘Goldblum-iness’ could be.”
The role Feige is talking about seems to be Senator Brandt, a character that was ultimately played by Michael Brandon. The role probably would not have been quite so small if Goldblum had been cast, but as Feige points out, it’s still nowhere near as cool of a part as Grandmaster. Goldblum would not have had the opportunity to flex all the hilarious, quirky acting muscles that he does to great effect in Thor: Ragnarok.
Timing is everything and fortunately things finally worked out for the best. Audiences will certainly be happy that Goldblum was saved for Grandmaster when they see Thor: Ragnarok, in theaters November 3.