Jack Black has never met his Kung Fu Panda co-star Jackie Chan despite filming in the same animated franchise for over eight years together, according to Xpose. The 46-year-old actor, who is currently promoting the latest animated installment of the franchise, Kung Fu Panda 3, revealed the news last week.
Both Jackie Chan and Jack Black have voiced their characters in all three movies of the franchise, but they have never actually met. Black plays Po, while Chan plays Master Monkey.
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The reason is simple: each actor who voices a character in the franchise works in isolation, and according to Jack Black, that’s how pretty much all animated features are produced. However, it’s still unbelievable that after eight years of working on the same franchise and promoting it all around the world, Jack Black and Chan have never actually met face-to-face.
“I did get to hang out with everybody during some of the promotion, but I’ve still never met Jackie Chan.”
Jack Black said that even though the franchise has grossed over a billion dollars worldwide, the two actors have never had a single handshake. The School of Rock actor also added that although he has never appeared in the franchise in person, he decided it was important for him to learn some kung fu moves to help him with his role.
“I felt like it was part of the process, that I should get a little yin and yang in my game. So I found a dude who taught me some moves. But I’m pretty rusty right now.”
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In other Jack Black news, the actor spoke to The Fix and said that his Kung Fu Panda 3 co-star and Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston deserved an Oscar more than Leonardo DiCaprio at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony, according to the Daily Mail.
Jack Black said that Cranston is a “better actor” than DiCaprio, who won his first-ever Oscar for his role in The Revenant at the awards ceremony in February. Cranston and DiCaprio were nominated in the same category this year – Best Actor in a Leading Role.
Jack Black started praising his Kung Fu Panda 3 co-star after the interviewer asked how many Oscar winners and nominees are starring in the latest animated feature film. Cranston was nominated for his performance in Trumbo.
But it seems that Jack Black found a reasonable explanation why it was Leo who took home the Oscar that evening.
“Bryan Cranston is better [at] acting than Leo DiCap [sic]. But, Leo DiCap [sic] was like dying a lot, he was like wheezing and coughing blood.”
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Other Oscar nominees for this year’s Best Actor in a Leading Role included Matt Damon for The Martian, Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs, and Eddie Redmayne for The Danish Girl.
But this wasn’t the only time Jack Black took a swing at DiCaprio during the interview. When the interviewer said Black should have received a nod from the Academy for his 2011 film Bernie, the 46-year-old actor accused Leo of stealing his “spot.”
“Why didn’t I get an Oscar nomination for that? Oh you know why, I think Leo DiCap [sic] took my spot.”
Jack Black also added that it was the year when DiCaprio was nominated for “that really bad movie,” the title of which he struggled to recall. When he asked the interviewer whether he had seen that movie, the reporter didn’t immediately recall the title of the film either, which prompted Black to say that “no one” saw the film.
Jack Black was presumably referring to DiCaprio’s 2011 crime drama film J. Edgar, but the 41-year-old actor was never nominated for an Oscar for this movie. And when the interviewer corrected Black saying that DiCaprio never actually received a nomination for the film, the Kung Fu Panda star quickly said that he was actually referring to another movie.
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