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Happy Birthday Jack Black: Some of the multi-talented actor’s works which helped him gain adoration of fans across the globe
Shilpa S
Aug 28, 2021

Jack Black could definitely make his way to the list of America’s sweethearts, with the number of fans he has garnered over the years. The silver screen has witnessed him tap into several character roles - quirky, lovable and inspiring - some of which have made him eponymous with the characters he plays. Who could imagine everyone’s favourite Kung Fu Panda being voiced by anyone other than the beloved actor? But Black has not only proved himself to be a terrific actor, but is also a notable name in the music industry, helming a rock band and winning a Grammy to his name.

As the admired actor turns 53, let’s take a look back at some of his well adored works.

Kung Fu Panda
7.1OTTplay Rating
This Dreamworks animated film leaves a message on following our dreams, no matter how difficult the odds may seem, through its lovable Kung Fu loving panda, Po. The lovable, yet extremely clumsy panda is chosen, accidentally, as the ‘dragon warrior’ destined to save all of China with his skill in the ancient martial arts. However, there's a problem, Po doesn't know the first thing about fighting, or anything else involving strenuous physical activity actually. Jack Black perfectly captures the essence of the underdog protagonist, who rises above others’ expectations of him, giving rise to a film that received praise and admiration from audiences across the globe.
School of Rock
7.5OTTplay Rating
A musical comedy with its heart at the right place, this film tells the story of how a struggling musician who does a stint as a teacher at a prestigious school, inspires the jaded students to form a band, the titular School of Rock. Jack Black stars as the lead, and we get to see a glimpse of how art imitates life, as the real-life musical artist brings in all the panache he does to the stage onto the screen as well. His performance as well as the film’s music was lauded.
6.9OTTplay Rating
Inspired by true events, Bernie is a black comedy film which explores the story of how the companion to an elderly millionairess murders her in a fit of rage and spends the next nine months hiding the fact, by pretending she is still alive. Jack Black gives one of the best performances of his career as the quirky titular character who scrambles to keep up the ruse. His portrayal earned him the praise of critics and the admiration of fans.
Shallow Hal
6.4OTTplay Rating
This film, a unique blend of fantasy, romance and comedy, tells the story of Hal Larson who, as the title suggests lives a superficial life, judging people based on their outside appearance and nothing more. His life is turned upside down when he is put under hypnosis by a mysterious man, after which he begins to see women’s physical attractiveness as a manifestation of their personality; the kinder the woman, the more beautiful she seems to Hal, and of course love follows. Jack Black as Hal brings onto screen all that makes the character so relatable, his shallowness and subsequent growth on screen. Black’s authentic portrayal definitely makes the film worth watching.
King Kong
7.4OTTplay Rating
This epic monster film breathes new life into King Kong, the iconic 25 foot tall gorilla monster, to give rise to a different kind of monster movie, one that is also touching and tear jerking. It tells the story of a filmmaking crew who make their way to the mystifying Skull Island where they encounter the titular monster, and of course chaos ensues. The film was applauded for its stunning special effects and the performances of its cast. Jack Black dons the role of the antagonist in the film, something different from the mostly wholesome characters he emulates on screen.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
7.1OTTplay Rating
Based on the popular series of children’s books Jumanji and Zathura, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle follows the story of a group of teens who accidentally get trapped in a video game and must find their way out of the virtual universe, which has turned them all into adult avatars. They are joined by another player who also had lost his way in the game, several years ago. Jack Black shines as a shy teenage girl whose game avatar is hilariously an overweight adult man, and his performance received admiration and respect for not only being incredibly funny, but also for capturing the heart and soul of the character.

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