At the Tropic Thunder press junket (you better believe I’m milking it!), Jack Black took a moment to talk about a few things that won’t be inspiring controversy. That is unless people find religious comedies controversial. Wait a minute…
Filming has wrapped on the Harold Ramis directed Year One which will star Black and the “young, brilliant” Michael Cera as two guys who stumble through Biblical times, crossing paths with many characters of note. As the comedian himself describes it:
We’re just dudes. We’re just a couple guys that are not famous Biblical characters wandering through, there’s a lot of Biblical famous people in the movie, that we wander by and interact with.
He mentioned interacting with Abraham, Cain and Able, Adam, and Noah. When a question about the time period and span arose, Black deadpanned: “Yeah, it takes liberties.” He also went on to compare the movie to the style of the Monty Python Biblical comedies, like Life of Brian.
Talking about the future, Black mentioned an idea he had brewing for some time about a biopic of psychedelic rocker Roky Erickson of the band The 13th Floor Elevators. His idea would have Emile Hirsch playing a young Roky who, after being ruled a paranoid schizophrenic after years of drug abuse, was committed to a psychiatric asylum, where he underwent electro-convulsion therapy. A few years later he was released a changed, yet equally crazy, person. This older Erickson would be played by Black, though he wasn’t entirely sure he liked the idea of people reacting to him as a sort of older, grosser Emile. Black further joked this would be his Oscar contending role (which would be awarded to Emile) and that it would be his Shine.
In the immediate future, Black has the Renaissance Fair themed comedy Ye Olde Times, but plans to focus on raising his children. Catch Black in Tropic Thunder August 13th, otherwise known as today.