Jeff Goldblum Describes The Grandmaster in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

By June 7, 2016
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One of the most exciting aspects of that large Thor: Ragnarok casting announcement a few weeks ago, was the reveal of Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster in the film, someone who hadn’t even been entered into the rumor mill for the project until that exact moment. The possibility of an appearance from the character as well, seemed like something that had been entirely out of the conversation.

Goldblum had teased a possible appearance in a superhero movie a few weeks prior to the Ragnarok announcement though, with some clear enthusiasm going behind his statements, so I think it’s safe to say that the actor is probably just as excited to be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe at this point, as we are that he is.

While speaking with Empire about Ragnarok though, Goldblum briefly described what his performance will be like in the film, and what he and director Taika Waititi are working to bring to the relatively obscure character this time around:

“He’s a hedonist, a pleasure-seeker, an enjoyer of life and tastes and smells. I thought, ‘I can do that, I’ll bet!’ I’m working on my part every day. I’m a sponge, researching. [Taika Waititi] is encouraging me to improvise and make it my own, and that’s what I’m trying to do. I hope he doesn’t throw me out on the first day!”

Goldblum went on to reveal that he’ll be spending about “three weeks or a month” shooting on set for the film, which could mean The Grandmaster will have a relatively smaller role than some of the other new additions or returning characters. He also expressed his enthusiasm to be working with the movie’s rather star-studded cast as well:

“Not only Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett, Anthony Hopkins… jeez, that’s gonna be fun. I’ve never been to Australia except to do these little publicity things.”

His descriptions of the character sound fairly on point with The Grandmaster in the comics as well, who is one of the Elders of the Universe, that amuses himself by playing games with the lives of others through tournaments or contests, sometimes traversing through different dimensions even to find his players/pawns.

It’s been rumored that Goldblum’s Grandmaster will be the one manipulating The Hulk when we meet him at the start of the film as well, with some of the Planet Hulk elements of the film, including The Hulk fighting in gladitorial-style matches and battles, coming about through his schemes and manipulation. Whether he ends up having a large or small role in Ragnarok though, will end up being largely insignificant in the end, with the movie about to introduce audience members to the Elders for the first time with this character, which by itself marks an interesting new direction and revelation in the MCU.

Thor: Ragnarok is set to hit theatres on November 3rd, 2017.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable