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  NEW MEDIA STRATEGIES: The Law & Order Criminal Intent
  Conference Call with Jeff Goldblum
  March 23, 2010/2:00 p.m. EDT



SPEAKERS

Chrissy Fehskens
Andrea Epstein
Farrah Hersh
Jeff Goldblum

PRESENTATION


C. Fehskens        Ladies and gentlemen, thanks again for standing by and for joining us for

                   the Law and Order Criminal Intent Conference call. This is Chrissy

                   Fehskens of New Media Strategies, and I’m joined by both Andrea

                   Epstein and Farrah Hersh of USA Network publicity. And as you know,

                   we have Jeff Goldblum with us for today’s Q&A session. Law and Order

                   Criminal Intent will premiere season nine one week from today on

                   Tuesday, March 30th at 10:00/9:00 central on USA Network.
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               In the interest of getting to as many questions as possible during today’s

               call I’m going to turn things back over to our moderator to begin the

               formal Q&A session.



Moderator      Thank you. And we also ask that you limit yourself to one question and

               one follow-up.



               Our first question is from the line of Jamie Steinberg from Starry

               Constellation Magazine. Please go ahead.



J. Goldblum    Who’s it from?



Moderator      Jamie Steinberg.



J. Goldblum    Jamie Steinberg, yes.



J. Steinberg   I appreciate your time.



J. Goldblum    Thank you, Jamie.



J. Steinberg   I was wondering what continues to challenge you about your role?
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J. Goldblum    Well, let me see, it’s very challenging because the writing is wonderful

               and the people around me are the best in the world. So I’m just trying to

               live up to that and to make the most out of what are wonderful scripts and

               wonderful acting opportunity it is. Plus, my character is always kind of

               evolving, and it’s challenging to try to do my best with it.



J. Steinberg   Social media has become a big part of promotion for TV shows and for

               movies and things like that now. How does it play a part in your life and

               with your show coming on …?



J. Goldblum    Well, Andrea and Farrah could tell you better how it plays a part in the

               show. You don’t mean the content of the show? You mean the marketing

               of the show?



J. Steinberg   Yes.



J. Goldblum    Oh, the marketing of the show. So I know nothing about that. They can

               tell you. This is the first time—I’ve been doing it since last year in this

               kind of way. But I’m sure they’re doing much, much more, and they can
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               tell you all about that because I don’t really—I’m so busy, consumed with

               making the show right now I’m not really staying up to speed on all

               manner of and forms of marketing that they’re doing.



J. Steinberg   You don’t have your own account or anything like that?



J. Goldblum    I do not. No.



J. Steinberg   Well, thank you very much.



J. Goldblum    Thank you, Jamie.



Moderator      Thank you. We go to the line of Sheldon Wiebe from

               eclipsemagazine.com. Please go ahead.



S. Wiebe       You have a new partner who is going to be challenging. She’s clearly as

               intelligent as Nichols—



J. Goldblum    Yes.
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S. Wiebe      --and she has a fairly wide ranging network of contacts. And it’s totally

              different skill set. How do you see them working together?



J. Goldblum   Well, I now know. We’ve done several cases together. And we work

              beautifully together, very dynamically. I think she’s great. You’re right.

              She is brilliant and has her own skill set and we just work very creatively

              together. And it’s, as much as anything, even given the dark and horrific

              and nightmarish circumstances that we’re always faced with, dead bodies

              and gruesome places and gruesome events, we seem to both get a thrill out

              of the fun and the adventure of the hunt, hunting down the bad guy.



              And then, of course, I sort of—we get enrolled together and she gets

              enrolled in my by and by, in my other peck agenda, which is not so beside

              the point, which is, of course, finding out what the whole story was and

              why, criminal intent of course, that’s why it’s named that. Why,

              psychologically speaking, the person has done it? Not only who did it, but

              why they did it? And like I said, and I say it’s not beside the point

              because when we finally take it to court, that’s very much the point. Part

              of it you got to tell a jury hey, here’s the—we’re not going to get a

              conviction unless they can buy and believe the whole story and the motive

              and why this person might have done it.
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              But it’s beside that, a personal thrill for me. And a personal kind of side

              and overall contextualizing investigation to deepen my understanding of

              the deeply criminal types and thereby all of us and me. I’m on a kind of

              psycho spiritual investigation that fascinates me and that’s infinitely

              mysterious. And she and I become partners in that. And it’s absolutely

              thrilling.



S. Wiebe      Thank you very much.



J. Goldblum   Thank you so much.



Moderator     Thank you. We now go to the line of Joshua Fulghum from

              totallyher.com. Please go ahead.



J. Goldblum   Hi, Joshua.



J. Fulghum    Hey, Jeff. Hey. I have a two-part question here. First, how was it being

              dead? And, how was it giving your own eulogy on the Colbert Report?
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J. Goldblum   Those are great questions. Well, I love the Colbert Report. I’m a fan of

              that show and him anyway, and when they asked me to do that, I was

              delighted because they are smart. I get a big kick out of their sense of

              humor and I thought they came up with something funny for that and it

              was delightful to do it. The whole incident was bizarre and engendered a

              rainbow of feelings in me, of course. It was upsetting. People called who

              hadn’t heard right away or had—and would be—and called up sad.

              Nobody, thankfully, ran their car off the road or had a heart attack or

              anything, but there was some trauma. And for that, I would dissuade

              people from doing this. And I’m sorry that it happened and all of that.



              But it was not of little interest to me to get in touch with, in some cases,

              people I hadn’t been in touch with for a while. And said oh, my gosh, is it

              true. …I’m glad you’re alive and it made me think of you and all that kind

              of stuff. And it was trippy, trippy.



              The first movie I ever remembered getting moved at was a movie called

              Gigot. I don’t know if anybody will know this. It’s a little known movie, I

              think, from the early 60’s probably when I was a kid. With Jackie

              Gleason, and he plays a sort of a mute village poor soul and at the end of

              the movie, everybody sort of mistreats him. And at the end of the movie,
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              they think mistakenly he’s dead. And then realize how much they cared

              for him, in fact, and give him a big funeral. And he, in fact, is alive and

              shows up secretly for a moment, peaking from behind a tree and seeing the

              funeral and getting teary and weepy himself. And then they see him and

              the whole movie ends in this sort of light-hearted way.

              But I remember crying at that. It was the first movie I ever remember

              getting very moved at. So there’s something in that whole situation that’s

              kind of--I’m sensitive to, I think.



J. Fulghum    Well, we’re all very glad to hear you’re still alive.



J. Goldblum   You’re so sweet. Thank you very much.



J. Fulghum    My pleasure, Jeff. Thank you.



J. Goldblum   Thanks, Joshua.



Moderator     Thank you. We now go to the line of Troy Rogers from thedeadbolt.com.

              Please go ahead.



J. Goldblum   Hi, Troy.
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T. Rogers     Hi, Jeff. Thanks for taking the time.



J. Goldblum   My pleasure.



T. Rogers     I read that Ralph Macchio is going to be on this season.



J. Goldblum   Yes.



T. Rogers     Can you tell us who else we can expect to see?



J. Goldblum   Well, let me see. I wish I had a whole—I should have been prepared with

              a whole lineup. Just combing my memory. Now, he was great. He was

              lovely and what a great actor. And what is—Kevin Conway is in an

              episode that I think will play sort of shortly end of the season who was

              absolutely wonderful. Gee, many—Karen Olivo, who was on Broadway In

              the Heights and West Side Story. She was in this last episode that we did

              and just a ton of other people.



              That’s one of the lucky things about doing this show. It feels to me you’re

              like in this anthology series and you get--the casting people are fantastic.
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              And you get the cream of the whole acting community showing up. It’s

              just great.



T. Rogers     Thanks.



              Now, with the Law and Order franchise, there’s always a turnover of cast

              members. I wanted to know what do you think the loss of Vincent,

              Kathryn, and Eric will—how will that affect the show or how will that

              affect the way you see the show?



J. Goldblum   Well, let me see. How will it affect the show? I mean, I think they’re the

              best actors around. I love the show with them and I love their characters

              and I’ll miss them. It won’t ever be the same. All three of them were

              spectacular and irreplaceable.



              So it’s a different kind of—There’ll be a different kind of show, although

              the flavor is something of the Law and Order flavor. It will be—follow

              something of the same flavors. But I’ll miss them. I think they’re just

              great.
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              I can talk about Saffron and her character and Mary Elizabeth

              Mastrantonio and her character. And how excited I am about them.



              But it will very different. But I love these two new actors and characters. I

              feel lucky to be working with them and I’m thrilled about the characters

              that they wrote for them. And what they’re doing in the show and how we

              all play together.



T. Rogers     Thanks.



J. Goldblum   I hope people like them.



T. Rogers     Thank you, Jeff.



J. Goldblum   Thank you.



Moderator     Thank you. We now go to the line of Christine Zimmer from All Things

              Law and Order. Please go ahead.



C. Zimmer     Hi, Jeff. Thank you so much for taking my call.
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J. Goldblum   Thanks, Christine.



C. Zimmer     I have a question. Last season, we saw that like yourself, Zack Nichols is

              very talented playing the piano. What other “Goldblumisms” shall we see

              this season or what would you like to incorporate into the character of

              Zack Nichols that are a part of you?



J. Goldblum   Let’s see. Gee, I don’t know if I have any other show business tricks up

              my sleeve or any other talents. I’m just trying to play, be as smart as I can,

              and bring what I know is passion in the writing and in the character and in

              the real lives that we’re trying to depict.



              We have a great guy named Mike Struck, who’s on the set all the time,

              who’s a real and a masterful detective and police person. And I realize all

              the time that to really do that job would be very difficult. You have to

              have a very particular skill set for it, talent for it, and appetite for it. And

              I’m just trying to pretend in a way that is at least believable. Boy, that

              would be a tough job, I tell you.



C. Zimmer     Yes. The other question I have is we’re almost about the same age and

              I’m just curious, if they had an iPod, a thing like an iPod when you were a
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              teenager growing up, what kind of music would you have had on it? You

              have a very interesting musical background. I’m just curious what

              influenced you as a kid.



J. Goldblum   Well, I remember the school, the earliest stuff I can remember is when—I

              mean, the Beatles were introduced when I was a kid. So I was very thrilled

              about the Beatles, including the first couple of—I Want to Hold Your

              Hand and Love you, yeah, yeah, yeah. All that. When those came out on

              45s, the world had changed in some way and I was very thrilled about it.

              And then a little later, when the White Album and Sergeant Pepper and

              Magical Mystery Tour came out, it meant a lot to me. It was a big deal.



              Early on, too, Motown stuff was big in those days. Stop in the Name of

              Love. And all the Motown stuff around then was big with me. Then, my

              parents, we had a hi-fi and—



C. Zimmer     Yes.



J. Goldblum   --they had—they were jazz lovers and they had a couple of—they had

              some Erroll Garner records, a jazz pianist who’s active, who’s also from

              Pittsburgh as I am. That made an impression on me. And I remember
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              hearing Thelonious Monk. And then, my older brother was a big jazz fan

              and got the Modern Jazz Quartet—



C. Zimmer     Yes.



J. Goldblum   --and was into that. And some Brazilian music. I remember Stan Getz, this

              album he had from Stan Getz from the Astrud Gilberto records. That made

              a big impression on me. All of those.



C. Zimmer     Interesting. Very interesting.



J. Goldblum   Yes.



C. Zimmer     Well, thank you.



J. Goldblum   Thank you so much.



Moderator     Thank you. We now go to the line of Stefan Blitz from forcesofgeek.com.

              Please go ahead.



S. Blitz      Hey, Jeff. How are you?
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J. Goldblum   Good, Stefan. How are you?



S. Blitz      Good. I’m a huge fan of yours for all the work you’ve done.



J. Goldblum   You’re so nice. Thank you.



S. Blitz      First question I have for you is the premiere actually was pretty unique

              because—the jump-off premiere because it felt like a setup for a spin-off

              series. A spin-off of actually the series itself.



J. Goldblum   Hmm. Yes. Yes.



S. Blitz      Does the atmosphere on the set feel like a new show or does it just feel

              like a continuation of the show that you’d previously guest starred on?



J. Goldblum   Well, let’s see. I mean, I know I did eight of them last year and you’re

              right, it was different. It was all different cast members that year. But the

              stories and the quality of the writing and the high quality of the production

              and the crew is still the same. So it feels familiar but—and I miss the cast

              members who are gone. I adored them.
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              But it does feel like a new show in a lot of ways. And I’m crazy about

              Saffron Burrows and the character. They wrote it for her and the way she’s

              doing it. And Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio is spectacular and I love her

              and her character, too. So yes, it feels kind of new to me.



S. Blitz      Awesome. And the second question is a real fan question, which is was

              the end martian sequence in Life Aquatic a deliberate homage to the end

              martian sequence in Buckaroo Banzai?



J. Goldblum   That’s so funny. At the time that we were doing it, I remember Wes

              Anderson talking a little bit about that and saying—let me see. Did he

              have another—was there another—He mentioned a couple of movies that

              he’s—because he’s a hipster and a sophisticate and archivist and knows all

              kind of movies. But yes, he talked about Buckaroo Banzai. He said that it

              was a little bit—He really related to that in some way. That’s right.



S. Blitz      …about the single skip you do in both.



J. Goldblum   I do?
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S. Blitz      Yes, you kind of do like the martial skit. It was very much an intentional

              fan in both films quite a bit and there was—



J. Goldblum   That’s funny.



S. Blitz      That you were in both of them made it perfect.



J. Goldblum   Oh, thank you so much. Yes, I liked both of those movies. I’m glad to

              have been in them.



S. Blitz      Well, thank you so much for your time today.



J. Goldblum   Thank you so much.



Moderator     Thank you. We go to the line of Jay Jacobs from popentertainment.com.

              Please go ahead.



J. Jacobs     Hi, Jeff. Nice to talk to you.



J. Goldblum   Nice to you, Jay.
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J. Jacobs     I actually just last week got in the mail your first series Tenspeed and

              Brownshoe, which has just been released on DVD.



J. Goldblum   No kidding?



J. Jacobs     Yes.



J. Goldblum   I didn’t know that.



J. Jacobs     Yes.



J. Goldblum   That’s hilarious.



J. Jacobs     It just came out last week. It just came to me. But—



J. Goldblum   It did? Where is it available? Where do you get it?



J. Jacobs     You can get it through Amazon.com or I’m sure it’s probably available

              through stores and everything like that.



J. Goldblum   I’ll be a ring-tailed monkey.
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J. Jacobs     So I’ve got to ask you, it’s been many years and you’ve certainly done a

              lot of films since then and a lot of TV work, but it was recurring. But it

              wasn’t until Raines a few years ago when you actually went back into a

              regular TV series as a regular character. And of course, Law and Order

              CI. How is it different working on a series than doing films and recurring

              roles and stuff like that? And do you enjoy one more than the other?



J. Goldblum   I’m having as good a time as I’ve ever had right now. And there are some

              obvious differences that I’m sure you’ve heard about before. I mean, first

              of all, for me this is the longest, now, the longest job I’ve ever had. I’ve

              never had—



J. Jacobs     Yes?



J. Goldblum   Yes, I’ve never had a movie that lasted this long and I never did a series

              this long. So now, into the second season, it’s the longest job of any kind

              that I’ve ever had.



J. Jacobs     Yes.
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J. Goldblum   So that’s a little different. I see the same people, happily, every day. That

              feels familiar and family like. And I’m enjoying that. And the character,

              you’ve heard people talk about this, but I think it’s a very nice creative

              opportunity where in a series where there, where you get great writers,

              too. And as Paul Schrader told me at the time a couple of years ago when

              we were doing Adam Resurrected, he thought the best writers in writing

              was now on TV.



              But if you get great writers and people who want to, who care very much

              and want to do good things, and you kind of write as you go I think that’s

              a very viable legitimate creative way to sort of see what works and kind of

              make it up as you go and kind of elaborate on it and make it more and

              keep writing the whole novel and the whole huge screenplay as you go.

              And act it that way. It’s kind of like life a little bit.



              It’s kind of like making a journey on a dark highway road in a car with

              only your headlights ahead of you and you can’t see the road, but you can

              see the road in front of you, but you can make the whole trip that way. I

              like that idea. And so, I’ve found it very creative so far, but maybe I’m in

              a relaxed and creative spot myself. I’m always trying to get better. And I

              do like that.
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              I have a work ethic that I think I inherited from my father in a way. He

              used to get up early every morning and routinely and put in an honest

              day’s work and I kind of like that. I like having a place to go and feeling

              like this is not just something I got to get through and make the best out of

              and hopefully, do my best with. But it’s my way of life. I still want to do

              my best with it, but it’s what I do every day. It’s part of the daily, my daily

              routine. I really like that. I really like it.



              And this particular show, the actors are so good and the writers are so

              good and the producers caring. It’s a very nice, nice thing for me. I like it

              a lot.



J. Jacobs     Perfect. And could you talk a little bit about your memories of doing your

              first series that I just mentioned Tenspeed and Brownshoe? How is that

              different?



J. Goldblum   Let’s see. Let me see. I enjoyed that. We only did—what did we do?

              Seven, thirteen. What did we do?
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J. Jacobs     I don’t remember exactly but I think there were like two or three disks in

              the DVD.



J. Goldblum   Yes. I think we did like 13 of those. So fewer already than I’ve done of

              this. Well, Steve Cannell was great. And I think he’s talked and feels like

              talking. He thinks highly of—he’s proud of what we did there and Ben

              Vereen was fantastic. And I remember having a good time with it. I liked

              it. I remember Bill Clinton. I met him a couple of times. He came up and

              said you know you’ve done a lot of things, Jeff. But my favorite thing was

              Tenspeed and Brownshoe. I never missed an episode.



J. Jacobs     Perfect. Well, thank you very much, Jeff.



J. Goldblum   Thank you so much.



Moderator     Thank you. We go to the line of Lena Lamoray from lenalamoray.com.

              Please go ahead.



J. Goldblum   Hi, Lena.



L. Lamoray    Hi, Jeff.
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L. Lamoray    You have a very unique acting style. So how does it come in handy on

              Law and Order and do you get to ad lib at all?



J. Goldblum   Oh, that’s funny. Well, I’m trying to do my best on it. And I feel like I can

              make use of the way I am learning, still learning to tackle things. And yes,

              it’s very—they have wonderful writers. It’s meticulously written, but here

              and there, we can and are encouraged to do little tweaks and additions and

              be loose about it in one way or another, yes, which I enjoy also.



L. Lamoray    Can we expect to see more piano playing by you this season?



J. Goldblum   Let me see. Did I play with—well, see, less so far. We have a few yet to

              go. So I don’t know what they have in mind for me, but there’s less piano

              playing so far, except I’m thinking of one episode that we just finished,

              what did I do? Oh, yes, I just—I lean over. There’s a young student, piano

              student, girl, at a performing arts college and she’s playing something and

              I say oh, I get interested in it. And while she’s still there, I lean over and

              play a few notes of something. And I think, hum along with it. And do
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              some humming and playing. But that’s about all I’ve done musically this

              year.



L. Lamoray    Great. Thank you so much.



J. Goldblum   Thank you so much.



Moderator     Thank you. We go to the line of Kristyn Clarke from

              popculturemadness.com. Please go ahead.



J. Goldblum   Hi, Kristyn.



K. Clarke     Hi, Jeff. So which one of your character’s traits are you best able to relate

              with?



J. Goldblum   Traits? Traits, traits. Which character’s traits?



K. Clarke     Yes.



J. Goldblum   Let me see. Let me see. Well, I’m thinking of this character Nichols, and I

              wish I were as smart. Boy, it would be tough. I don’t think I could do that
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            job really as effectively as he does it. After many years on the—trying to

            do it, he’s a very—like our consultant, Mike Struck. They’re eighth degree

            black belt practitioners. And they’re so smart and then, intuitive and

            creative about it. I like to think there’s some kind of parallel, at least in

            even what I’m trying to do as an actor, although I still feel like a beginner

            every day in many ways. But I aspire to getting as proficient and smart

            about and creative with and I do share a passion with what I think Nichols

            feels for his work, for my work.



            Let’s see. What else? What else? I think he has fun. I think my character,

            Nichols, has a lot of—has a kind of a grand time and an inner secret.

            Funny fun with it. And I—that’s also true of me here and there. At least, I

            aspire to that also. To always finding the enjoyableness in my activities.

            But I have. Luckily, I’ve found things to do. Acting, for instance. That I

            do find a blast. So there’s a couple of things.



K. Clarke   Good things. And as my follow-up, what do you feel it is about the show

            going into the season nine now, that resonates well with viewers? What

            has kept it going?
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J. Goldblum   Gee. Well, they’ve all--Dick Wolf is a brilliant guy and a passionate and

              caring guy and attracts terrific people around him, the whole producing

              team and the writers that he gets. They just do high quality things. And

              then, there’s something about solving crimes like they do, and New York

              City. That at least would appeal to me. I can’t speak for everybody. And

              what it is, they know more than other people, I’m sure, have thought about

              it more and know more about it than I do.



              But I know for me, I kind of am in love with New York stories and New

              York City. I saw recently this documentary that Ric Burns did called New

              York that gives you 400 years of history about this very unique place

              where people are put together in the closest proximity from the widest

              ranging places. The most diverse people stuck together. And it creates, not

              only a hot bed of creativity and spiritedness of all kinds. But trouble, too,

              and problems and challenges and the need to solve them, and these New

              York stories, these crimes and criminal life and trying to keep the streets

              safe are a part of these New York stories. And I love that myself.



              And of course, the reason I think it’s also been successful is because the

              great actors they’ve had, too. I’ve always wanted to watch Michael
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              Moriarty or Sam Waterston or Vince D’Onofrio or Katie Erbe, all those

              people. Jerry Orbach. I’d tune in to see them any time.



K. Clarke     Great. Thank you so much.



J. Goldblum   Thank you so much.



Moderator     Thank you. We now go to the line of Patty Grippo from pazsaz.com.

              Please go ahead.



J. Goldblum   Hi, Patty.



P. Grippo     Hi, Jeff. Thanks for talking with us today.



J. Goldblum   Thank you.



P. Grippo     Okay. I’m going to start out by telling you, I’m a huge fan. You need to

              know this because I need to ask you a question about what’s going on out

              there, though. Apparently, there’s a lot of strong feelings within the fan

              communities since you’ve joined the cast of the show, and they seem to—

              a lot of them seem to feel that it’s kind of lost its edge and become lighter.
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              They’re sort of addressing it as the Jeff Goldblum Hour. So here’s your

              chance, if you will, could you—I mean, what would you say to these

              people?



J. Goldblum   Oh, well, gee. First of all, I don’t—it’s news to me because I kind of don’t

              stay very in touch with all the—I’ve been consumed with making the

              show.



P. Grippo     Right.



J. Goldblum   I don’t know. I mean, everybody has their own opinion. I’m doing the best

              that I can and I know the writers are trying—there are some very heavy

              and gruesome episodes that we’ve done. But it’s true. I think part of their

              idea about my character is that I have a—I love. I’m very passionate for

              the work, for solving these crimes and for particularly investigating the

              intent, like the title says of having to do with why these criminal people,

              these people so far off the rails would have done what they’ve done and

              what that means for knowing about the human being generally and for

              myself.
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            I think I’m on a very passionate and mysterious and infinitely interesting,

            at least in my own character kind of mission. But that along with it, I have

            a great time, too. Whatever I’ve been through before. And we’ve made up

            a lot of stuff that hasn’t come to the surface, that doesn’t come to the

            surface conspicuously or literally. I’m at a place where I find myself very

            present, feeling very present and alive and enjoying myself no end. I think

            I enjoy myself. Even in these gruesome circumstances and I guess, even

            especially when there’s been shocking loss and all the physical world has

            been thrown into chaos. It feels like an opportunity to Zack Nichols to find

            what’s important in life and find the deeper meanings in life in a very

            enjoyable way. And I like solving the puzzle, too.



P. Grippo   It’s obvious, actually. I personally enjoy it. It wasn’t from me.



            Now, the other question that a lot of people seem to want to know is

            you’ve been involved with a lot of things and not in just making films as

            an actor, but producing different things or being on the festivals, judging

            and things like that. What are you doing now that you’re working on

            outside of the show? Anything?
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J. Goldblum    Well, let’s see. This is so consuming that I feel like my plate is kind of full

               and we’re going to keep filming till May, mid May. Let’s see. What else

               am I doing besides this? Well, I play my piano all the time.



P. Grippo      Yes.



J. Goldblum    I like to keep up with that. And there are things that I am considering after

               we finish, but nothing that’s really worth talking about at this point.



P. Grippo      Okay. Well, thank you very much.



J. Goldblum    Thank you so much.



Moderator      Thank you. We now go to the line of Icess Fernandez from Character

               Playground. Please go ahead.



J. Goldblum    Hello.



I. Fernandez   Hello, Jeff, how are you?



J. Goldblum    Good. What’s your first name?
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I. Fernandez   Icess, like the goddess.



J. Goldblum    That’s fantastic. Hi, Icess.



I. Fernandez   Hi. My first question, and I’ve been wanting to ask you this for a very,

               very long time actually. You’re known for playing quite quirky characters

               and definitely characters of a different point of view. And among my

               favorites is the very short-lived, but quite awesome Raines. Could you talk

               a little bit about how you approach a character and how you use the script

               to aid in your approach?



J. Goldblum    Well, how I approach the script? Okay.



I. Fernandez   Yes, how you would approach a character and then use what’s in the script

               and then maybe bring something to the table from your own references to

               create a character.



J. Goldblum    I see. That’s a very interesting question. Well, I love writers and good

               writing and literature and stories and a good script. So I try to, as much as

               anything, figure out what they meant, what this thing is about, and there
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are many nuts and bolts issues that come up in that vein, in our show or a

lot of scripts and stories.



What exactly and specifically? That’s an important question in the

theatrical dictionary, an important word. What specifically do they have in

mind for this, are they trying to depict for this? What reality are they

trying to depict here? This is nothing new. Everybody’s done—and

anybody’s trying to do this, but it constantly fascinates me. And more and

more, I try to give myself over to and serve what they’re doing. And not

only that, but who the writer is and what their whole spirit is, and inner

dynamic and what the message they’re trying to, and feeling that they’re

trying, and song that they’re trying to sing?



And I’m, in many ways the concierge delivering the message up to the

room. And I try to do that as faithfully as I can. And then, beyond that, just

use my own instincts because there’s nothing—it’s not math. It’s not a

science. There’s nothing empirical. Is that the right word? Measurable.

And finally, there’s no foul line that you can either hit the ball within or go

out of. You have to, and everybody’s going to have their own opinion

about it. But you have to use your own taste and instincts about what it is.

And as long as it gets your—once you’re serving the script, if you can, and
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               you must, get your own mojo working. And however that takes place. And

               it’s different every time. The adventure is kind of a little different every

               time. That’s what needs to happen, too. Whatever interests you.



               It’s kind of like what my character, Zack Nichols, does in an

               unconventional way. He comes to a crime scene and doesn’t really go

               well, this is what you are supposed to do. This is what you would do. This

               is what logically leads to a deduction from A to B. But as much as that,

               and he does that too, but as much as that, it’s kind of hm, what interests

               me? What do I notice and what in my stomach and blood and soul and

               fingertips and taste buds am I attracted to here? And I trust my

               individuality there. He does. And I do in the same—I try to in the same

               way that I act. And something like that.



I. Fernandez   Ah. Wow, that’s a lot to think about for a writer on this side. I guess,

               writing the script or writing the story. So like to think about the process

               and to actually translate it for—to help the actor out or help the reader out

               with the interpretation.



J. Goldblum    Yes.
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I. Fernandez   So follow-up question. Let’s get back to the show now. Since earlier you

               said it feels like a new show. How will this season continue with what fans

               enjoy? And there’s lots of little aspects our fans enjoy of CI. While

               documenting and exploring a sort of changing of the guard. I know that

               has to be pretty fascinating.



J. Goldblum    Yes. Well, who knows for whom it will be fascinating? It fascinates me.

               And I love these characters that they’ve written for Saffron and Mary

               Elizabeth Mastrantonio. They’re great actors and great people. It’s fun to

               hang out with them all day because we work 12, 13, 14 hours some days.

               And you spend your whole life together and doing these characters and

               telling these stories. I think people can still enjoy, I would hope the stories,

               the creative kind of crimes that are depicted. And they’re interesting in a

               way.

               And the criminals have interesting intents and the whys and wherefores

               and inner motives and configurations, endlessly unique configurations of

               what makes a killer do what they do and how they’ve gone off the rails.

               And what it means for us human beings and what lessons we can learn

               from it. That’s, I think, in the same vein and endlessly interesting to me.
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               And then, these are new cops, seem to be, however we’re doing it

               stylistically, a horror in a personally different way. We’re certainly

               effective. And each week, we seem to not give anything away, but we

               certainly seem to be—to catch them. And then, with my particular interest,

               does seem to sort of uncover at least, the beginning of who these people

               are and what makes them tick and what made them tick in this situation

               and what that endlessly and infinitely and mysteriously means for who we

               are.



I. Fernandez   Wow. Well, thank you very much for answering my questions today.



J. Goldblum    Thank you so much.



Moderator      Thank you. We now go to the line of Jennifer Williams from

               blogcritics.org. Please go ahead.



J. Williams    Hi. How are you?



J. Goldblum    Hi, Jennifer. Good, Jennifer. How are you?
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J. Williams   I’m good. So actually, in relation to a couple of the previous questions, as

              you may or may not be aware of, a lot of the fans are actually really upset

              about Goren and Eames leaving. So I’m just wondering if you can give the

              fans any reassurances or encouragement, reasons to keep watching the

              show.



J. Goldblum   Well, let’s see. I mean, I totally under—First I’ll say to them, I totally

              understand you’re upset. Those were as fantastic a bunch of characters as

              I’d ever seen. And fantastic actors as we’ve ever had individually or

              together. And I’ll be watching for all of them wherever they go. I know

              Eric Bogosian is in a play right now here in New York and haven’t had

              time to see it, but I look forward to seeing it. And likewise, Vince and

              Katie.



              As for what we’re doing, I’m doing my best and I’m enjoying it no end.

              And I think the writers, who are terrific, have written different characters

              but fascinating characters, at least to me.

              I know in Saffron Burrows’s case, she’s such a special actress. I would

              encourage anybody—I would recommend and as part of this grief

              counseling of the loss of the old show and the old characters, I would

              recommend that they consider appreciating Saffron Burrows and Serena
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Stevens, her character. Saffron is such a uniquely beautiful actor inside

and out. And wildly intelligent. Wildly intelligent. And so that they know,

has passions, if they look her up a little bit, politically and having to do

with the world that are very interesting and compelling to me. So fun to be

around for me.



And she brings all of this to the show. She’s passionate and she’s been a

movie star that I’ve been very interested in for a long time. We did a

movie together called Fay Grim in Berlin some years ago with Parker

Posey that Hal Hartley directed. And I’ve loved her in The Guitar and The

Bank Job and Troy. So I would encourage people to really get into her and

appreciate her. She’s sexy as can be and does this part they’ve written for

her. A very interesting part, this detective from Chicago who has an

interesting back story that we can only guess at a little bit and a daughter

that we can guess at a little bit. We have to imagine about. But a very

whole and multifaceted life.



And then, let me encourage them to get into Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio.

And seeing her every week. I adore her. We’d done a play together some

years ago. But for anybody who’s seen her from the beginning in Scarface

or The Color of Money or an eye on the stage here in New York through
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              the years. She is spectacular, as talented deeply, richly talented and an

              actor as there is. Given to a rainbow of color choices in her paint box. And

              they’ve written for her just the beginnings already of a character that is

              very—that is not only unique, but multidimensional and colorful and

              complicated.



              So I would, as a fan, I would tune in to see those two. That’s for sure.



J. Williams   Okay, great. Thank you.



J. Goldblum   You’re welcome.



J. Williams   Second question. A fan wanted me, one of my readers wanted me to ask

              you if we would ever see a sequel to Mister Frost or if you would be

              interested in doing one?



J. Goldblum   Well, you see, am I alive at the end of Mister Frost? No, I’m dead. I’m

              dead at the end of Mister Frost.



J. Williams   That doesn’t mean anything.
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J. Goldblum   Oh, that’s right. Sure, that’s right. Well, I don’t know. But thank you.

              That’s very nice. It’s a specialty item. I don’t think a lot of people, not as

              many people saw that as Independence Day or the dinosaur movies or The

              Fly. But people come up to me here and there and it has a devoted

              following. I loved it.



              I loved Kathy Baker. Now, that’s a wonderful actor. And Alan Bates, the

              late Alan Bates, was wonderful in that. Yes. We had a good time in that.

              We made it in Paris. It was a pretty good time.



J. Williams   Okay.



J. Goldblum   I haven’t seen it in a long time. I saw it after we did it, but I haven’t seen it

              since then.



J. Williams   All right. Thank you so much. I have to say real quick, and you’ll laugh at

              me, but my mother says hi. She was going to kill me if I didn’t say that.



J. Goldblum   Tell her hello. What’s her name?



J. Williams   Cheryl. Cheryl Crawford.
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J. Goldblum   Cheryl Crawford?



J. Williams   Yes.



J. Goldblum   You know there’s—well, Cheryl Crawford was one of the founders. Not

              the same Cheryl Crawford. One of the founders of the Group Theatre as

              you may know.



J. Williams   No, I didn’t know that.



J. Goldblum   Yes. And your first name is what?



J. Williams   Jennifer.



J. Goldblum   Jennifer, of course. Jennifer, well, say hello to Cheryl.



J. Williams   I will. Thank you so much.



J. Goldblum   You’re welcome.
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Moderator       Thank you. We now go to the line of Nancy Harrington from Pop Culture

                Passion. Please go ahead.



J. Goldblum     Hi, Nancy.



N. Harrington   Hi, Jeff. Thanks for talking to us today.



J. Goldblum     My pleasure.



N. Harrington   We understand, I’m here with my sister Amy, we’re writing partners, and

                we understand that you played a track on Lincoln Adler’s album Short

                Stories. And we’re wondering if you have any plans to record an album of

                your own.



J. Goldblum     You’re so funny, you and Amy sitting there. I love Lincoln Adler. I love

                doing that. What did we play? I think I played on Bosoco…Rosario

                Rosario …Wasn’t it a song for my father?



N. Harrington   Yes.
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J. Goldblum     As I remember it, yes, that’s right. I have no plans to do any recording

                because it’s kind of a hobby for me. If something comes up, I’d do it but

                no. I just—the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra we call ourselves. As is when

                I’m out of work in L.A., we gig around there. On the Christmas break, I

                did a New Year’s Eve gig when I was back in Los Angeles. And in late

                May, when I get back there, I’ll be looking for a place to hook up with my

                band again and play. But I don’t know. We have no plans to record

                anything.



N. Harrington   Great. Well, we’ll watch for the gig. That would be fun. What about—



J. Goldblum     So nice you could come and tap me on the shoulder. Where’s Lincoln? Is

                he up in San Francisco?



N. Harrington   I don’t know.



Amy             Yes. Actually.



N. Harrington   Not sure.



J. Goldblum     Yes. He’s fantastic. Anyway, go ahead. Sorry.
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N. Harrington   Yes. We also are wondering, we know that you debuted in the Tony

                Award winning musical Two Gentlemen of Verona, and we’re wondering

                if you would ever consider doing a movie musical.



J. Goldblum     Well, yes, I would. I like the movie musical. I enjoyed this last year of

                Nine. I enjoyed West Side Story that I saw on stage again. Made me think

                of the movie. Yes. In fact, go see—you haven’t seen my movie called

                Pittsburgh?



N. Harrington   Oh, no. Missed that one.



J. Goldblum     Oh. So it’s not really a movie musical, but it’s about an actor who does,

                takes a part in a two-week run of a musical.



N. Harrington   Yes.



J. Goldblum     And it’s called Pittsburgh. And I’m in it. I play the actor so I sing and

                dance a little bit. And I helped produce it.



N. Harrington   Oh, we’ll be sure to look for that.
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J. Goldblum     Yes.



N. Harrington   Thank you so much.



J. Goldblum     Thank you so much.



N. Harrington   All right. Bye.



J. Goldblum     Bye-bye.



Moderator       Thank you. We now go to the line of April MacIntyre from

                monstersandcritics.com.



J. Goldblum     Oh, monsters. Hi, April.



A. MacIntyre    Hi, Jeff. One of the beauties of being at the very end of the call is that

                everyone’s seemingly asked most of the questions I had for you, but

                you’re really an interesting actor to me. You’re a very analytical observer

                in the way that you approach a lot of your roles, if not most of them.
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J. Goldblum    Thank you.



A. MacIntyre   And when you’re keyed into another actor, I’ve noticed, you become more

               alive. Your energy just explodes. And it happened with Gena Davis,

               obviously, in The Fly. You guys had a tremendous chemistry. And I’m

               wondering, as your character in this series or in any acting ventures that

               you’ve done, which actors have really keyed you up and really made you--

               brought your best game out and really energized you as an actor?



J. Goldblum    You are so nice. Yes. I like what you’re saying because it’s kind of the

               cornerstone of the training that I got early on by Sandy Meisner. A lot of

               people know, Sanford Meisner now. But I studied with him and part of

               his, that some people know that’s sometimes misunderstood or

               miscommunicated. But he teaches a training system whereby the early

               material is an improvisation of a particular kind that focuses in a big way

               on interaction. And all good actors are doing it anyway. But his is a very

               good method.



               And I teach a little bit myself. And enjoy teaching actors to do that with

               each other, not only that but other things too. It goes beyond that. But

               that’s part of his early thing. So I do like—I love the part of acting that has
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               me with other actors and allows you to play with other actors. I’ve been

               lucky to work with a lot of wonderful actors, but I’ll tell you the ones I’m

               talking about today, these two are particularly spectacular.



               And of course, that’s the great thing about Law and Order because it’s

               kind of like an anthology series. Like I said before to somebody, where the

               cream of New York and the theatrical crop of actors you get every week.

               So where we’ve worked with great actors and it’s always fun. But Saffron-

               - and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Saffron Burrows are both

               spectacular. And working with both of them, I feel like I have to be

               worthy of them, come up to my best that I can do and feel like they bring

               something good out of me.



A. MacIntyre   Are there crimes that your character, Zack Nichols—Do you think that

               there are crimes that bother him more than others?



J. Goldblum    Yes, I do. There were crimes—I mean, the first couple of episodes that

               depict this killing of my friend that I’m personally involved with. That’s a

               horrible thing. I think I’m very bothered and personally—it’s not just a

               matter of—I’m always bothered in the sense that I’m passionate and

               outraged and full of a fierce kind of sense of justice and wanting to solve
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               this thing. But more so, I’m a very kind of a susceptible, vulnerable human

               kind of guy that they’ve written. And when my friend, and old partner,

               gets killed. Yes, I think it bothers me in a whole different and deeper way.



A. MacIntyre   Hmm. You’re from the east coast? You work out west, but you also go

               back and work in the east, too. Do you think, eventually, when that day

               comes that you do retire or settle down or stop working, will you retire on

               the east coast? Is that your worldview or are you an east coaster or do you

               like the west coast?



J. Goldblum    That’s so funny. I wouldn’t take sides with one over another. And I

               don’t—now that you brought it up, I really don’t see myself retiring really.

               It feels like—



A. MacIntyre   Many decades from now.



J. Goldblum    Yes. Well, who knows? You never know what even tomorrow will bring. I

               feel lucky to be around today and if I get to work tomorrow, I’ll feel lucky

               and will enjoy every moment of it. And likewise, when I find myself here,

               I kind of enjoy it terrifically. And I do like feeling the seasons again,

               although it’s tough. Brutal. Winter is brutal and summer gets hot. But I
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               kind of like it. It reminds me of when I was this kid, speaking of this

               episode, the season change—



A. MacIntyre   Yes.



J. Goldblum    --that happens here. But I like it out there a lot. And so, I like kind of

               coming back and forth and doing things both places. I don’t know. Even if

               I wasn’t acting, I imagine I would enjoy being in both places in a way.

               And other places, too.



A. MacIntyre   Wonderful. Thank you very much.



J. Goldblum    Thank you so much.



C. Fehskens    Ladies and gentlemen, that’s all the time we have for today’s session. I’d

               like to thank Jeff Goldblum for joining us and remind everyone to tune

               into the season premiere of Law and Order Criminal Intent next Tuesday

               at 10:00/9:00 central on USA Network. Enjoy the rest of your day,

               everyone. Thanks again.



J. Goldblum    Thanks again.
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