News for Dec. 03, 2005

Kong's Black Aped Welles

12/03/05, 11:08 am EST - Xoanon

Jack Black, who stars as obsessive filmmaker Carl Denham in director Peter Jackson's upcoming King Kong remake, told SCI FI Wire that he modeled the character in large part on Orson Welles and even worked in a bit of Jackson. In the film, the larger-than-life Denham will risk anything and anyone in order to make a career-saving movie. Welles, of course, is the legendary maker of Citizen Kane. "I was playing the director in the movie, and so, of course, my first instinct that I thought was brilliant and no one would know—it'd be my secret—is I'd base it on Peter Jackson," Black said in an interview. "So I'm already heavy, and then he was skinny. 'Wait a second! I got to lose weight.'" [More]