Jack Black is set to bring children's author R.L. Stine to life on the big screen, but we should expect a heightened take on the legendary writer, portrayed in Goosebumps with a little bit of the comedian's trademarked flair. Entertainment Weekly has our first look at Jack Black in costume as he prepares to battle some of the ghoulish creatures found in the author's most famous works.
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In Goosebumps, R.L. Stine's new teenage neighbor unexpectedly brings the author's most horrifying creations to life, and its up to Stine's daughter Hannah to help ensure the capture of these monsters, who have started to run amok on a small town.
Speaking with Entertainment Weely, Jack Black discussed the trials and tribulations of bringing the very real author to life,
"Even though I'm playing a real person, this is obviously a fictionalized version of his life and nothing that happens in this movie actually happened to him, other than him writing all the books. So I felt like, I was just going to approach it as a character, doing what I thought was most dramatically interesting and right for what was needed. I also got to meet R.L. and he's a really great guy. Really smart and funny and sweet. But I made [the character] more of a sort of curmudgeonly dark, brooding beast master. So from the very beginning, I was taking liberties. I think he's cool with it though. [Laughs] He's been on set and he actually did a little cameo. He saw what I was doing and he was digging it. Or at least he pretended like he was digging it."
He then discussed the tone, which will actually be pretty scary for young kids,
"Kids like scary movies, but you can't take them to what are the big scary movies now where Satan comes out and bites your genitals off. Those movies can actually leave you mentally scared; that's not for kids. But kids still like to get a little thrill and a little danger, so you need projects like this.
I approach them the same way I approach an R-rated comedy, in that I try to be as funny as I can. I'm not playing down to a family audience 'cause kids have a good sense of humor. I think a common mistake is approaching a family comedy like some type of romper room, slow talking, super dumbed-down,'super clownish. I don't believe that's the way to do it. I make it as funny as possible. Obviously there's no F-bombs, we keep it clean in the language department, but funny is funny."
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