– by Seth McDonald

 Something movie fans are always excited to see is a veteran actor thrust into the mix of the superhero world. Especially an actor with such a unique way of delivering his lines. Goldblum’s characters have often utilized the thinking man’s delivery. He may pause in mid- sentence and repeat words throughout, and his style has a different impact on the lines and is what I call, The Goldblum Effect.

The seasoned actor is part of the cast of Thor: Ragnarok, the third installment in the franchise that will bring about the Asgardian apocalypse foretold in Norse lore.
Goldblum’s character, Grandmaster, is one of the oldest beings in the Marvel universe and is known for his love of games. He at one time had possession of the Mind Gem, one of the six Infinity Gems, which he lost to Thanos during a game of wits, a contest at which both participants cheated (though there’s no telling if that comic book backstory has been retained for the films).
The addition of Goldblum to the cast could be the peculiar spark that’s needed to catapult Thor to the top of the Marvel Universe.

Goldblum’s unusual and quirky delivery of his lines have always made him stand out as an actor. In a recent interview with EW, Goldblum explained how he came to be a part of the film. The actor is a big fan of the work of the film’s director, Taika Waititi (Flight of the Concords, Hunt for the Wilderpeople). When first meeting to discuss the role, Waititi told Goldblum:

“I want you to do your particular version of this character without being comic-y or grandiloquent. I think you should do something that’s in your creative family tree. And also improvise.”

While Goldblum is unsure of what lines will be used byWaititi, the actor said he left the director with plenty of content.

“He was very interested in improvisation. We came to all those scenes and riffed enjoyably for the time we had. I don’t know what’s gonna come out in the mix because we gave him a whole bunch of different choices, I’ll tell you that.”

While we can’t speak to Goldblum’s improvisational skills, based on that first Thor trailer, it certainly feels like a lot of good improvisation was done. We can’t wait to see how it all turned out.

Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters November 3, 2017.

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