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Things We Saw Today: Jeff Goldblum Endorses the Loki/Grandmaster Fandom

Jeff Goldblum is the gift that keeps on giving—especially so after he revealed his delighted interest in the Grandmaster’s fan-generated romantic adventures.

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In Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, Goldblum plays the powerful Grandmaster with a pitch-perfect mix of camp and unhinged menace. When Thor arrives on the Grandmaster’s candy-colored world of Sakaar, he’s surprised to find that his brother Loki has already been there for several weeks. Unlike Thor, who is made to wear an obedience disc and forced into gladiatorial matches, Loki has gained the Grandmaster’s favor and is left to his own devices. Loki swans into VIP suites around Sakaar like nobody’s business.

There’s a pivotal blink-and-you-miss-it scene where it can be read that Loki and the Grandmaster know each other rather well, that has been forever immortalized in GIF form. From the movie’s subtext sprang the fan pairing of Loki/Grandmaster, or “Frostmaster,” as it is often called, with a nod to Loki’s Frost Giant origins.

Grandmaster Loki gif from Thor Ragnarok

At the recent GQ Awards, Jeff Goldblum—wearing the snazziest of gold suits—gave the ship one hell of a boost. While some actors and creatives avoid talking about fandom or revealing whether they’ve explored it, Jeff Goldblum dove right in. After receiving the Haig Club Icon Award from none other than Tom Hiddleston, who plays Loki, Goldblum told the crowd:

Thank you so much, Tom Hiddleston, the great Tom Hiddleston. You know we were in that movie Thor: Ragnarok and we played Loki and Grandmaster respectively. And now when I go on too pathetically and obsessively my “hashtag jeff goldblum” tag on Instagram account, I see many, many—I don’t know if you’ve seen these, Tom—many sketches and renderings and cartoons of our characters involved in what seems to be a deeply romantic and wildly sexual relationship.

I tell you this, I cherish every single one of those, and I will for the rest of my life. Tom Hiddleston, ladies and gentlemen … a very, very tender lover. I’m sure. I’m positive.

Goldblum delivers this information with obvious joy and relish, and it’s the kind of attention and approval from an actor that most fandoms could only dream about. So there you have it, kids: Jeff Goldblum cherishes Frostmaster, and Tom Hiddleston is likely a very, very tender lover. I think I need to go lie down.

The rest of Goldblum’s speech makes for great watching, too. We are truly blessed to have him.

(via YouTube, image: Marvel Studios)

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So what did you see today, darling Mary Suevians?

Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster gif

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Kaila Hale-Stern
Kaila Hale-Stern (she/her) is a content director, editor, and writer who has been working in digital media for more than fifteen years. She started at TMS in 2016. She loves to write about TV—especially science fiction, fantasy, and mystery shows—and movies, with an emphasis on Marvel. Talk to her about fandom, queer representation, and Captain Kirk. Kaila has written for io9, Gizmodo, New York Magazine, The Awl, Wired, Cosmopolitan, and once published a Harlequin novel you'll never find.

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