Actor Gets Lesson in History — and Crankiness

By Guest Author

Published July 14, 2006.
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Actor Jeff Goldblum made his first-ever visit to Israel last week in preparation for his role in the upcoming Holocaust-themed film “Adam Resurrected,” which is based on a novel of the same name by Israeli author Yoram Kaniuk. At a July 10 press conference featuring the actor, the author and the film’s director, Paul Schrader, Goldblum spoke of visiting Jerusalem’s Old City and Yad Vashem (see photo). When his turn came, Kaniuk sneered that the Holocaust memorial had become “the Israeli Disneyland” and that visitors to Israel have to be dragged there, The Jerusalem Post reported. Speaking in defense of Goldblum (and perhaps Yad Vashem as well), the film’s producer, Ehud Bleiberg, said that no one had dragged Goldblum. The actor, meanwhile, said that he had found his visit to Yad Vashem interesting.

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