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Jack Black: TV's where it's at

Published 22/06/2015

Jack Black
Jack Black

Jack Black is embarrassed he got so emotional on Red Nose Day but is glad the charity raised money for those in need.

The actor is known for his funny films, and became a cinema favourite thanks to School of Rock and voicing Po in Kung Fu Panda.

While he has new movies in production, including the third instalment of the DreamWorks animation, the 45-year-old has also recently moved onto the small screen in political comedy The Brink.

"The movies are all about sequels and spin-offs. I guess spin-off is more of a television term, but now it also applies to movies. Look at the movies spinning off the Avengers. I like those, so I'm not complaining about it, but as for trying new things, yeah, it seems like that's the job for the HBOs of the world," Jack reasoned to British newspaper Metro.

"Oh, absolutely [I think TV is taking more risks]. I don't know if you had a chance to see Transparent [drama about a transgender character], but that's one of the great risk-takers. Way ahead of the curve. I love that show."

As well as his acting commitments, Jack recently took part in the US's first Red Nose Day. The charity, which is the brain child of director Richard Curtis, is an institution in the UK and always attracts big name stars to help raise money.

It debuted in America last month, with A-listers such as Jack, Gwyneth Paltrow and Michelle Rodriguez rallying people to donate.

"I didn't know what I was getting into, though. I thought I was just going to go and say: 'Hey guys, give some money'. I didn't know I was going to get so emotionally invested," he admitted. "It's a little embarrassing because I was like a weeping willow on national television, but you know, whatever, it's what happened and I was glad that it raised a little money."

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