Before the COVID-19 pandemic, a pre-production safety manual for anyone working on the Jurassic Park franchise might simply be one page that reads: “The dinosaurs are not real.” You just never know with actors, you’ve got to cover your bases. But in this crazy, mixed-up coronavirus world, there’s a lot more to be worried about when one walks onto a film set. Specifically in this case, 109 pages worth of concerns, according to Jeff Goldblum. Although I’m sure dinosaur realism is still covered at the top of Page 1.
Jeff Goldblum is reprising his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm in the third Jurassic World film, Jurassic World: Dominion, which is set to begin filming in England in about a week. Hollywood was given the go-ahead to resume filming back in June, but it hasn’t proven to be that easy. America still leads the world in COVID-19 cases and deaths. The UK is still focusing on social distancing, and face masks have just become mandatory in all stores.
Jeff gave a little interview to Entertainment Tonight to talk about the upcoming Jurassic World 3 shoot. For those who are very worried about Jeff’s safety (the man is 67, after all), you can rest assured that every COVID-19 precaution is being taken on set. via Entertainment Tonight:
“We’re headed, in about a week and a half, all of us, over to England, where there are protocols galore. We’re going to be very safe, I think…They gave us 109 pages. They invested all their heart and soul, and a lot of money, into making sure that we’re safe. I won’t bore you with the details, but we’re all going to be quarantined in a kind of a bubble, all the crew and all the cast. And testing and everything.
We know it’s a risky time, but we feel it’s good. Sam Neill’s there and Laura Dern and Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard; Colin Trevorrow’s directing, and there are gonna be some dinosaurs.”
Jeff’s wife Emilie Livingston chimed in during his interview, adding that their whole family will be going to England to bubble together.
I do wish Jeff had explained what kind of protocols were in that COVID-19 guide. Then again, maybe he glossed over the details because he didn’t have it in him to read 109 pages of studio-mandated health and safety rules. I don’t blame him! That’s so many pages. Normally I only reserve that kind of commitment to books with a spooky peek-a-boo illustration on the cover. But the fact that Jeff specifically brought up the dinosaurs has me wondering. Will there be real-ass dinosaurs on this set? If so, then I’m sure one of the health regulations was that talent must always wear protective gloves if they feel so compelled to grab a handful of steaming hot dino dump. But then again, Laura Dern already knew that.