There are plenty of celebrities who sit courtside at a Laker game purely to be seen. Jack Black is not among them. The L.A. native knows "Ramon" is pronounced "Rah-mon", not "Rah-mone," and was aware of the success in Kobe Bryant's absence at the time of this recording. In other words, he's the genuine article. When not watching basketball (or recording with the newly reunited Tenacious D), Black makes movies, and his newest features him in a very unusual role. Bernie is the true story of Bernie Tiede, a charming mortician who becomes the darling of Carthage, Texas, even after murdering the small town's wealthiest (and nastiest) resident. Black is successfully cast against type as the film's title character, and the quirky film opened in limited release on Friday, April 27th in select cities, then goes wider on May 4.
The interview can be heard by clicking the module, and there's a breakdown of talking points below:
- (1:00): Black concedes this season has been trying at times, and there haven't always been reasons to believe, but the actor has a sneakin' feeling the postseason could treat the Lakers nicely. Particularly if the Buss family does the right thing and gets him permanent courtside seats.
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When this celeb attends a Lakers game, he's actually paying attention.
-(2:35): Because Black is obsessed with true crime, the role of Bernie Tiede was quite intriguing. One horrible act aside, the man was by most accounts a genuinely nice person. This complexity made the character even more interesting to tackle.
- (5:54): Between School of Rock and Tenacious D, audiences have seen Black sing a lot throughout the years. In Bernie, however, he's belting out gospel music, which makes us wonder if he could reinvent himself. I mean, woulda thunk Hootie (of the Blowfish) would someday emerge a major country star?
- (8:20): As a fantatic of The Who, we put Black to the ultimate "Sophie's choice," and he counters with a very creative response.
- (11:46): Given how Black went very quickly from "working actor" to "above the title" star, he can relate to the bumps in the road for Andrew Bynum as his world very suddenly changed this season:
"It's crazy. Celebrity can be a real corrosive, corruptive force. And when you're in your 20's? He's just a kid. You gotta remember. I didn't have any kind of success until I was 30 year old. I can't imagine what it would have been like if I had hit the big time when I was 20 like Bynum. It's gotta do a number to your head, where suddenly everybody knows you when you're walking down the street. It's weird. It sounds like it's all fun and games until you're in it. You gotta be careful.
"I mean, to a certain degree, I wanted [fame]. I like being recognized and there's a lot of fun that goes along with it. Being able to go to fancy restaurants without a reservation. Just go and sit down. It's kind of fun. Life is your oyster. But you get spoiled real fast and there's a danger that you can lose control."