With the release of Eli Roth’s The House with a Clock in its Walls, which led the weekend’s Box office with a 26.8 million take, Jack Black once again gets the chance to do what he loves, to entertain audiences, especially children. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Black talks about the work that he has been doing recently, his approach and if he has missed out on doing things for a more mature audience:
Is there anything that I didn’t do that I would normally do in a movie that wasn’t for kids? No, You want to bring the spicy mustard. I just try to make it good, you know? I try to have fun. I think a lot of it has to do with relaxing and letting the spirit move you. And it’s tough when the camera’s rolling to stay in that zone, but yeah that’s the whole key to my approach. But I don’t really approach it differently than any other kind of movie because at the end of the day, whether your audience is kids or adults, it’s all about entertaining the audience and I try to bring that same energy to all the projects.
Another thing the movie afforded him was the opportunity to work with who he called: “One of the most serious kickass artistes in the film world,” Cate Blanchett. It was that opportunity that made working on “House” almost a no-brainer but he admitted that he was more than a little intimidated initially working with the talented actress:
Well the first day on the set that I met Cate Blanchett, I was really nervous because she’s the best actor in the world and I was a little stuttering and she was like, “Hey, we’re gonna have fun, right?” And I was like, “We are absolutely gonna have fun.” She just put me at ease right outta the gate. She let me know that she was here to party, that she wanted to goof off, and that she wasn’t gonna be afraid to play ’cause she’s known as one of the most serious kickass artistes in the film world. So it wasn’t a given that she was gonna be ready to party on the lighter side of the art form, if you will, and she definitely was so I was stoked.
With the box office of The House with a Clock in it’s Walls after the first weekend, it appears Jack Black has another success on his hands and it might help pave the way for more work, perhaps more dramatic fare. If you ask his Director Eli Roth, he will one day be honored for his acting chops.
If you watch him in a film like Bernie and The Polka King, you really see that he is doing what Robin Williams was doing,” he told EW. “When Robin Williams made that turn of Dead Poets [Society], Awakenings, Good Will Hunting, but also does Mrs. Doubtfire, Jack is at that point in his career.”
When you are compared to the late, great Robin Williams, you have to be doing something right. And with box office successes like Goosebumps, Jumanji, and now The House with a Clock in its Walls, he is not hurting money wise either.
For those who have seen, The House with a Clock in its Walls, what did you think of Jack Black’s Performance? If you are like me and haven’t as of yet, does it look like something you will check out? I know I will. Let us know at GVNation.
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