Walk of Fame Honoree Jack Black Steals Scenes and Conquers Fears

  • Variety
Walk of Fame Honoree Jack Black Steals Scenes and Conquers Fears
The first time movie audiences saw Jack Black, who receives his Walk of Fame star on Sept. 18, he made an impression before he even opened his mouth. Black was 23 and making his film debut in the 1992 political satire “Bob Roberts,” playing a nervous fanboy of Tim Robbins’ right-wing presidential candidate. While his wealthy mom does most of the talking, Black silently commands our focus, staring, swaying, smiling too big, laughing too fast, and glowering at anyone competing for his idol’s attention. He’s unpredictable, electric, and the type of funny that feels like a dare. It’s every character Black would go on to play in one scene: a clown on the knife-edge of danger. Finally, Black gets an opening to speak: “We got a band!” Even that was prophetic.

Black was brand new to the movies, but he’d already known Tim Robbins for a decade. He was raised in Hermosa Beach,
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