- RatedPG /GenreAdventure, Comedy
Jack Black is one of those actors in the business who is game for anything.
Whether it is wearing skintight shorts and pulling off some Mexican wrestling moves in ‘Nacho Libre’, waxing lyrical about the importance of rock music to a bunch of 10-year-olds in ‘School of Rock’ or insulting customers with questionable music taste in ‘High Fidelity’, Black has made a reputation with his devilish brand of infectious humour, in particularly off-kilter work.
Yes, there might be some flops along the way (‘Gulliver’s Travels’ is one) but his movies have made the studios that made them at least US$3.5 billion (S$4.9 billion) richer.
JACK BLACK GOES DARK
Jack Black's favourite movie monsters are the classic ones like Frankenstein, Dracula and werewolves | Photo: GV
The 46-year-old gets his creepy on for his latest role as youth horror author R.L. Stine in ‘Goosebumps’.
“I have entered a dark period of my life,” Black quipped. “I am able to play characters with a little more depth, a little more darkness, of a little more intimidating nature.”
‘Goosebumps’ features an over-the-top Stine, living in a creepy house with his daughter (Odeya Rush) where he keeps his literary monster creations magically locked inside the original manuscripts he created.
When the boy-next-door (Dylan Mintette) accidentally opens one of the books, a monster comes swirling out and then things begin to go crazy in a small American town in Maryland.
“I read the script and loved it. I thought it was really funny and scary in the right amounts. It was something that I could take my kids to see,” Black told inSing Movies.
Stine, whose ‘Goosebumps’ series has sold more than 400 million copies, has been keeping his legion of fans up at night since 1989.
And over the years, his initial readers have grown into adults or become parents themselves. With the movie, producers hope that it will bridge the gap of new, young readers and their parents, raised on the likes of ‘The Beast from the East’ and ‘The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena’.
RIGHT AMOUNT OF SCARES
Black said that his two sons love to be scared and that’s a main reason why he wanted to do this movie.
“It’s scary, but it’s not too scary. Rob (Letterman, the director) has kids about the same age as me, so we were conscious of making something scary that they would like and think is cool, but without crossing the boundary and giving them nightmares,” Black said.
According to the actor, Stine – the author – loved the script and told Black to “do whatever you have to do to make a good movie.”
Fans will be happy to see the likes of their favourite characters like the Werewolf of Fever Swamp, the Vampire Poodle and Slappy the ventriloquist’s dummy on the big screen.
“I think Slappy is my favourite. I think that he is the best villain in the movie because he is the smartest. As an audience member you gravitate to the smartest person on the screen and he is always a couple of steps ahead of everybody,” Black noted.
WHAT SCARES HIM
Slappy the doll | Photo: GV
Although he’s acting as a horror fiction writer in a horror movie, Black confessed that he gets scared easily.
“If a hurricane were to happen, I would probably run out of here and save myself before you. I like to think that maybe I have grown up a little bit and now I could be hero, but probably not,” he laughed.
But on a serious note, the actor finds global warming a “scary thing”.
“A lot of people would say that that is just in my head. I am pretty sure it is not.”
‘Goosebumps’ opens 29 October 2015