JACK BLACK is hoping to curb his sons’ acting dreams by encouraging them to write and direct films instead.
The comedian managed to land his eldest boy, Samuel, a small role in the new Kung Fu Panda sequel, and when movie bosses agreed, four of his co-star Angelina Jolie’s children were also invited to voice characters for the animated project.
“My boy wanted to do it,” Jack told U.S. breakfast show Today. “When I told him, ‘Hey, we’re doing Kung Fu Panda 3’, he was like, ‘Can I be in it?’ I said, ‘I’ll see what I can do, I’ll try to get you a line,’ and I was able to pull some strings!”
Angelina admits her kids needed a little persuading and encouragement on set, but she insists she had “so much fun” working with them and is proud of how they handled themselves.
“What was so sweet about it was they took it so seriously,” she recalled. “They came in and they said, ‘You know, I don’t know if I can do this. I’m not sure I can do this.’ And then I talked them through it, and (showed them) simple little things, but they really took it seriously as a job and getting it right and not doing a bad job.”
Despite giving her elder children a taste of life as an actor, Angelina admits she and husband Brad Pitt are not too keen on them following their parents into Hollywood.
Asked if they would pursue acting for careers, the mother-of-six laughed, “I hope not! We’ve always said if they’re gonna be actors, I hope they do something (else first) and then be actors.”
Jack, on the other hand, has been doing his best to steer his boys into careers behind the camera if they are set on working in the movie industry – and he’s been helping them get a head start by using his smart phone to make mini movies.
“I do encourage them,” he said. “When they say, ‘Hey, I wanna be in a thing, I wanna act’, I say, ‘Alright then, what are you gonna act? What are you gonna write? You gotta write it’, you know, so I try and steer them towards writing and directing little things on the iPhone. Little iPhone video films… We get some good stuff!”