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Breakfast Thursday, 5 June, 2003, 08:28 GMT 09:28 UK
Jeff Goldblum and Kieran Culkin
Jeff Goldblum
He's best known for his starring role in the film Independence Day and for playing an unconventional scientist in Jurassic Park.

Now Jeff Goldblum is about to hit the big screen again in the new film Igby Goes Down.

Goldblum stars alongside Kieran Culkin (brother of Macaulay) in the new film which tells the story of Igby who is at the turning point in his life.

  • Jeff Goldblum and Kieran Culkin joined us on Breakfast this morning


    Igby Slocumb (played by Kieran Culkin) is at war with the oppressive world of his East Coast "old money" family.

    His dad is schizophrenic and his mother is self absorbed, distant and pops a lot of pills, Igby can't cope any more and he escpaes to New York for a new start.

    Issues about his family, and what it's like to be young and have huge things inside dominate the film.

    Goldblum plays D.H. Banes Igby's Godfather and quasi-benefactor whose motives are somewhat questionable.

    Igby's relationship with his brother in the film, mirrors the real life relationship between Kieran and his brother Macaulay.

    Kieran has been acting since the age of six and despite playing alongside his brother in Home Alone, never quite had the success of Macaulay, at least not until now.

    Goldblum's character is another trying to bring Igby down, he says he feels strongly about the film's themes.

    He says he's cautious about the emptiness of materialism and the destructive power of people who pretend to have selfless motives.

    Goldblum was also drawn to the project for personal reasons. "I teach acting at the Playhouse West in North Hollywood,"

    He says. "Burr Steers (the film's director) was in one of my first classes several years ago.

    "I hadn't been in touch with him, but was delighted when he called and asked me to read the script. I was so proud, touched and thrilled to work with him."

  • Igby Goes Down Opens 13 June

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