Jack Black graces the cover and pages of Blender, to sell director Ben Stiller’s Tropic Thunder. Black stays in character-esque mood and motif for the cover shoot. Tropic Thunder rolls into theaters on August 15.
On being an American badass: In ninth grade, I did acid and cocaine. I wanted desperately to be an American badass. There’s something so romantic, when you’re a kid, about being a criminal. You want to belong to the tough-guy club. Running from the cops. Hiding in the bushes. Making schemes and plans to get it over on the Man.
On the effects of trying drugs: I don’t think so, but I had a lot of fun when I did the acid, laughing harder than I ever had, seeing the absurdity in life in a way that I’d never really considered. I was whole for the first time ever, like, The whole universe makes sense. But then later that night I couldn’t go to bed, and I wanted it to be over. It wasn’t funny anymore, the universe no longer made sense, and I was stuck in this prison in my brain for, like, six hours. I only had, like, one hour of absolute bliss. So the pain outweighed the glory, and I never wanted to do it since. Maybe the experimentation prevented later abuse, because I did not party nearly as hard as the other kids in high school and college.
Synopsis of Tropic Thunder: Everything goes wrong during the making of a big budget war movie and the actors end up becoming the commandos they are playing.
To read the full article and watch the photo shoot video, visit Blender.
Black is repped by Sharon Sheinwold @ Endeavor, and attorney Warren Dern @ Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern.