Singer and actor Jack Black and his best friend Kyle Gass are about to rock this house again. Their band, Tenacious D, has a new album coming out, and they want to revive hard music with it. "Rize of the Fenix" is their first studio effort since their film "Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny" bombed at the box office in 2006. There was a soundtrack album that accompanied the film, and it was fairly well-received by their fans. But with this new album, they plan to resurrect their band's career and deliver their brand of comedy rock music to the masses once more.
The band formed when Jack and Kyle were both in an acting group founded by Tim Robbins, called The Actor's Gang. Before long they had their own fifteen-minute episode series on HBO, which became a cult classic and got them enough buzz to go into the studio and record their first self-titled album. The songs featured none other than Foo Fighters and Nirvana musician Dave Grohl on drums. In all the press leading up to the release of "Rize of the Fenix," Jack and Kyle have made numerous references to the failure of the movie, and so it should be interesting to see if the new record can get rid of the bitter taste in their mouths after that experience.
We thought it would be fun to look at Jack's most memorable funny roles, so her are a few.
Dewey Finn in "The School of Rock" - It was the film that transformed Jack from a funny actor into a funny, family-friendly actor. Up to that point, he had been known as being tremendously funny, but he didn't shy away from the F-bombs and so it took this film to expose him to a much wider audience. When move goers saw that he could be hilarious and restrain his vocabulary, it catapulted his career and opened him up to play a lot more kid-friendly roles.
Barry in "High Fidelity" - The 2000 adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel by the same name really broke Jack onto the big screen. He was charmingly obtuse and foul-mouthed, and brought the house down with his amazing version of Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On." Watching Black and the film's star John Cusack argue and play off each other is part of what makes the film so charming and re-watchable.
Jeff Portnoy in "Tropic Thunder" - This film was a force to reckon with. From the very beginning it was clear this movie was not for those who like PG-rated comedies. Complete with ridiculously funny fake movie trailers, it featured a star-studded cast. Black played the drug-addicted actor Jeff who was known for gross out comedies and generally low-brow fare. He has some truly memorable moments in the film, and you never know what's going to come out of his mouth, or what he's going to do next.
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