Since first lying down on a laboratory table, his shirt cut open and a devilish grin on his face, Jeff Goldblum has been the heart of Jurassic Park.
The actor confirmed yesterday that he would be joining the sequel to 2015’s Jurassic World, reprising his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm from the first trilogy. Goldblum wasn’t in Jurassic World, which starred Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, making the announcement even more special for diehard fans of the franchise.
But as people look forward to Goldblum’s upcoming reunion with the faux prehistoric world he once called home, it’s important to look to the past. Specifically 20 years ago, when a tie-in game was published alongside the release of the second Jurassic Park movie, Jurassic Park: The Lost World. The game was released for the Sony PlayStation and Sega Saturn in 1997 and, despite its poor reception from critics and players alike, featured one of the best secret endings.
The side-scrolling video game featured five playable characters whose “stories” must be completed in order for the player to defeat the game. Along the way, players could collect DNA bonuses for each of their characters. If players collected all the DNA items available in the game, a secret ending would play out before them starring Goldblum.
In the two decades since the game has been released, Goldblum’s secret ending has become the stuff of legends. Multiple uploads of the scene in question have been uploaded to YouTube, with people commenting on just how prickish Goldblum’s character comes across.
“You made it through,” Goldblum says after applauding the player. “You spent all that time and now you’re done. You’re dead! That’s quite an achievement.”
The type of humor that Goldblum is known for today, and the nonchalant, apathetic approach Goldblum comes through perfectly in the scene. Much like Matthew Broderick’s iconic post-credits scene at the end of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, which saw the actor come out of his bedroom in a robe and berate the audience for hanging around.
Although Goldblum’s post-credits scene is one of the more memorable moments, it wasn’t the first one to ever appear in a video game. Three years earlier, Nintendo’s EarthBound included a post-credits scene that followed the main character Ness as he awoke from his sleep to knock on the front door, which is a throwback to the beginning of the game. When Ness knocks on the door, he’s given a message from his neighbor Pokey’s brother that Ness needs to come and save him.
Goldblum’s appearance in Lost World marks one of the first times that an A-list, Hollywood actor lent their talents to a game. Alongside Goldblum’s tiny scene, Lost World was the first game to feature a fully orchestrated soundtrack, composed by Michael Giacchino (Rogue One, Spider-Man: Homecoming). The game was re-released in 1998 as part of Sony’s Greatest Hits series, and included major changes to the gameplay after poor reviews from critics poured in the previous year.
For those who can’t wait until 2018 for Goldblum to return to Jurassic World, the actor can be seen next in Taika Waititi and Marvel’s upcoming Thor: Ragnarok.