By Fred Topel | Image property of Paramount Pictures.
Nacho Libre is all about Jack Black prancing around in tights speaking with a fake Mexican accent. It’s a pretty simple concept and it’s tailor made for Black’s brand of commitment to the absurd. But it wasn’t a Jack Black free for all, as he respected the script.
Jack Black On Nacho Libre
“Not a lot of improv,” Black said. “Little nuggets fly in and out here or there. I can’t really remember if I had any good improv’s or not, but it was a fun, collaborative feeling on the set. If I thought of something funny, Jared [Hess] was always into trying it. So that was cool.”
Black took the accent seriously, even though hearing the white guy sound like a Latino is half the joke. “I worked hard on the accent, just tried to immerse myself in the world of Mexico. Learned as much Spanish as I could. You know, I lived down there for a few weeks, so I was surrounded by authentic, rich accents.”
Napoleon Dynamite director Hess was a good match for Black’s unique comic sensibilities. “He's definitely drawn to the peculiar and he's got a very quirky strange sense of humor that is unique and that's what he brings to the table, something fresh, which is so refreshing when everything is so cookie-cutter boring now, you know.”
And Black gets to play off of children in the movie too. He’s a friar who cooks for the orphans by day. “They were really funny. We had great kids. I always like working with the kids. I’ve had good experiences. I’m kind of the Pied Piper of the children. They all want to know what Jack’s doing. I wasn’t sure if my pipe, my pied pipe, worked south of the border, that maybe it only works on American kids. No. It works in Mexico, too. They come following me around all through the land.”
Nacho Libre opens this Friday, June 16th.
For trailers, posters, movie stills, Confessionals, synopsis and more movie info, go to the Nacho
Libre Movie Page.