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Jack Black Says 'The Big Year' With Steve Martin & Owen Wilson Was A "Career Nadir"

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist June 4, 2012 at 5:06PM

Jack Black, for the all the success he's had in films like "The School Of Rock" or the "Kung Fu Panda" movies, is no stranger to flops. "Year One" anybody? How about "Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny"? But it seems one much more recent movie is an effort that the actor views as one of the lowest points of his career on stage or in front of the camera.
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Jack Black The Big Year

Jack Black, for the all the success he's had in films like "The School Of Rock" or the "Kung Fu Panda" movies, is no stranger to flops. "Year One" anybody? How about "Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny"? But it seems one much more recent movie is an effort that the actor views as one of the lowest points of his career on stage or in front of the camera.

Teaming with his Tenacious D buddy Kyle Gass to speak with Canada's Exclaim for their monthly questionnaire, Black was candid when he was asked about his career low point. "God, there's been a few lately. What's the lowest of the low? I guess my career nadir was probably that bird watching movie ['The Big Year'] that came out a couple months ago," he said. "I know it was good but, career-wise, when no one goes to see a movie that you're in with Steve Martin and Owen Wilson, that's when you gotta feel pretty bad."

It's a nice show of honesty from the actor, but a combination of shifting release dates, a virtually non-existent campaign by Fox and scathing reviews (it has a tepid 40% on Rotten Tomatoes) for the David Frankel film probably didn't help. That it only pulled in $7.4 million worldwide (oof) isn't a shock. But it's onward and upward for Black.

He's currently killing it in Richard Linklater's "Bernie," which is rolling out across the country. It's a pretty restrained and very different performance than what we're used to seeing from the actor, and yet you can't really picture anyone else in the role. Keep an eye out for "Bernie" when it comes to your town, because it's an unbelievably funny and astonishingly true story with some remarkable casting and shooting touches by Linklater. Definitely recommended. 

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