Like

Watch Jeff Goldblum Tell the Backstory of His ‘Independence Day’ Character

MoviesWatch Jeff Goldblum Tell the Backstory of His Independence Day Character

Curiously, it's a little different from the last time he told us David Levinson's origin story.

Independence Day: Resurgence is available on digital release today, and to celebrate the occasion, GQ has an exclusive clip of the man every boyfriend in America secretly fears—Jeff Goldblum—discussing the backstory of his character from the franchise, David Levinson.

EDITOR’S PICKMy Bizarre, Dazzling, One-Question Interview with Jeff GoldblumEntertainmentMy Bizarre, Dazzling, One-Question Interview with Jeff Goldblum

Goldblum wasn't exactly a hunky action hero in the first ID flick, and was instead cast as the science-nerd type while Will Smith did all the cool shit. Though Goldblum isn't exactly running through sunny streets with an unbuttoned shirt in the ID sequel, his character is a bit more respected this time around.

Now, you may recall Goldblum revealing his character's backstory in GQ back in June, when he actually gave a very detailed explanation about how he approached Levinson:

"My father, who raised me by himself, did a wonderful thing. He raised
me very sweetly and dedicatedly and soulfully," said Goldblum. "But he
was also a volunteer in World War II. The fighting spirit was in him.
When I was a kid, he sent me—and I think it was new at that time—to
martial arts training."

"I think I had an athletic and multifaceted capacity for that. And I
became very, very, very good. Dangerous, even. I ascended very
quickly, along with becoming a piano player and a techno kind of
student and master in some ways, until one day something happened in
school. A big bully, a troublesome guy, was giving a hard time to
somebody. Something unexpectedly emotional and passionate rose up in
me. And I put him in the hospital. He almost died."

Hmm. That differs slightly from what Goldblum says in our exclusive clip, in which he highlights Levinson's environmental side. Which story is true? Maybe not knowing is part of the magic.

Read more