[JPL] Jack Black talks 'Tropic Thunder' and how he got the girl
MICHAEL P STRATTON
dreamtrane at sbcglobal.net
Sat Aug 16 17:27:51 EDT 2008
I love that article! I just saw the movie 'Tropic
Thunder' and thought it was hilarious.
Will Haden be known as 'Jack Black's father-in-law'
now instead of as 'jazz bassist'?
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> Jack Black talks 'Tropic Thunder' and how he got the
> By Roger Moore
> The Orlando Sentinel
> Salt Lake Tribune
> Article Last Updated:08/15/2008 07:53:27 PM MDT
> They teach it in Interviewing 101: Find common
> ground with your subject.
> But when your subject is rich, famous, plump and
> happy Jack Black, that
> might be tricky. Do your homework and there, in the
> details of his 2006
> wedding to cellist Tanya Haden, is the hook.
> ''You know, the toughest interview I've ever had
> was with your
> Black takes the bait. His father-in-law? The
> legendary jazz bassist
> Charlie Haden. You need to bone up on your jazz
> before talking to
> Charlie Haden. Otherwise, he has you for lunch.
> Superficial ''that time
> you worked with Pat Metheny'' questions won't do.
> ''Man, don't just bring your Metheny game to a
> Charlie Haden
> interview,'' Black laughs. ''Believe me, I did some
> research, too. Are
> you kidding me? I wanted to marry his daughter. I
> watched all 10 hours
> of that Ken Burns jazz documentary. But I'm still a
> novice. I know
> better than to broach the subject.''
> Black got the girl, and now they have two kids.
> And when Charlie
> Haden, who just turned 71, cut a CD of the
> traditional folk music he was
> raised on, a ''Charlie Haden with Family'' CD, guess
> whom he got to sing.
> ''Fare thee well, Ol' Joe Clark, fare thee well
> I saaaaay,'' the
> singing half of Tenacious D belts out. ''Fare thee
> well, OLD Joe Clark.
> I'm goin' 'way to staaaaay."
> "A bluegrass standard, a classic. I've never
> sung that style before,
> but I felt I was channeling my own hickory-flavored
> ancestors for that.''
> The CD will be out at the end of the month,
> Black says, just in time
> for his 39th birthday.
> Black sounds positively ebullient, even at the
> end of a long day of
> interviews about his new movie, ''Tropic Thunder.''
> It's a big-budget,
> raunchy comedy about movie stars trapped in a
> Vietnam War tale whose
> filming becomes all too real. Black couldn't be
> further from the
> character he plays, Jeff Portnoy, an obese,
> substance-abusing comic
> trapped in a series of flatulent cross-dressing
> comedies because that's
> all Hollywood wants from him.
> ''Look, a lot of him is me, obviously,'' Black
> says. ''I haven't
> done multiple-character comedies that are all about
> farting. But I do
> fart in some of my movies, and I am fat, in, well,
> pretty much all my
> movies. So I understand this guy. There's a little
> Chris Farley-John
> Belushi, a little angry Tom Sizemore in there, too.
> I've phased the
> excess partying out of my life. But the guy is not a
> long trip for me to
> No DeNiro ''Method'' stuff here, Black insists.
> ''Yeah, I gained
> weight for the part. Sure.''
> It was a demanding movie, never more so than
> when Black's character
> slips into withdrawal and has to be strapped across
> a water buffalo.
> Black is totally down with the New
> Outrageousness, the style that
> ''Tropic Thunder'' was filmed in. Raw language,
> substance abuse as a
> source of comedy, an actor in blackface (Robert
> Downey Jr.), this is a
> movie that's out there, and Black loves it.
> ''Let's offend EVERYBODY, and then nobody'll be
> ''Tropic'' is earning enthusiastic reviews, as
> is Black, who, Box
> Office Magazine says, is ''at last reminding
> audiences of why they
> thought 'School of Rock' was so funny.''
> No wonder Black is so good-natured, so far
> removed from the
> comically tortured funnyman he plays in the film.
> Happy at work, happy
> at home? Well, just so long as he does his jazz/folk
> homework. He laughs
> at that.
> ''I'm golden, man,'' he says. ''But you? You
> need to study your
> Charlie Haden.''
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