Jack Black Talks 'Goosebumps' Film: "It's Scary And Funny And Great!"
Actor takes on the role of horror author R.L. Stine for the movie, due for release next summer...
The 44-year old - who has just finished shooting the flick - plays a fictional version of the horror author of the flick, which is called Goosebumps after Stine's popular book series.Speaking of what it was like to play Stine, Black told Associated Press: "When it's R.L. - yeah, whenever it's just the initials, you imagine, oh there's an embarrassing name there that they didn't want to say out loud. It's got to be like, 'Ronald Lipschitz.' But it's not.
"Sometimes it sounds cool. This time it's one of those situations - R.L. Stine. I mean, it's an important thing. You gotta get the right handle when you're in the industry -- the entertainment or literary or whatever. You've got to grab headlines, got to be memorable."
He added: "To be honest with you, Jack Black is not my real name. My actual name is TLB. No, not even close. It's Thomas Black, OK, if you must know. But Jack was a little snappier, a little snazzier."
Black went on to reveal that after her landed the role he did his research -- but not exhaustively so - stating: "Have I read all the books? He's got like 50 books. No, but I have read a good chunk of them as research for the movie.
"Because I read the script and I was like, I'm in. I want to do this. It's scary and funny and great."
As for what gives Black himself "goosebumps", the actor revealed: "Whenever I feel like someone is not quite all there - you're missing a marble or two - that will give me the heebie-jeebies.
"I'll be like, what's that person capable of? What's that person going to do next? In the same way that I'm a little scared of wild animals."
Goosebumps is set to creep into cinemas next summer!