Somewhere in an alternate universe Jeff Goldblum is the voice of Siri – sadly in the real world he isn’t, but at one point Steve Jobs did ask Jeff Goldblum (well-known for his roles in Jurassic Park and Independence Day) to be “the voice of Apple.”
Goldblum revealed that interesting piece of trivia in a recent interview on the Today Show in Australia. “Steve Jobs called me up a few decades ago to be the voice of Apple,” Goldblum told Richard Wilkins. “That was early on, and I did not know it was Steve Jobs.” We don’t know much else about that contact between the late Apple cofounder and the Jurassic Park star, since Goldblum didn’t offer any more specifics on the exact timing of the call.
Of course, we’re not sure exactly what being “the voice of Apple” would have entailed. Contrary to CNET’s suggestion, it’s pretty unlikely that Jobs wanted Goldblum to be the voice of Siri, specifically. Apple didn’t acquire Siri, Inc., the startup behind the digital voice assistant, until April 2010. Maybe Jobs had envisioned a digital voice assistant all those years ago, or maybe he had something else entirely in mind. Maybe if Jobs had had his way, Goldblum would have become the main spokesperson for the brand.
Of course, life finds a way: Goldblum actually appeared in a number of Apple ad spots in the 90s promoting the iMac with his signature brand of quirkiness that has solidified him as an internet darling. Whether or not he could have been the voice of the now ubiquitous digital assistant, those iMac ads are pretty entertaining, and certainly worth a watch.
While he never became the voice of Apple, Goldblum did snag a job as the face of another brand: Menulog, a food-ordering app. In fact, that’s the reason why he’s in Australia, to tour and promote the new delivery service, according to AdWeek.