In a recent article in The Hollywood Reporter, Rebecca Ford stated that Jack Black is talking with director Gus Van Sant to join his biographical film about John Callahan. The film is called Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, and it is about Callahan’s life before and after a car accident, which resulted in him becoming a quadriplegic. It focuses on his aspirations to become a cartoonist and the difficulties he faced before his death in 2010.
The subject of the film seems rather intriguing, especially considering that Callahan received much backlash from the community fir some of his “politically incorrect” cartoons. The Hollywood Reporter did not mention which role Jack Black would be playing. However, the role of Callahan has already been bestowed upon Joaquin Phoenix. Needless to say, Joaquin Phoenix and Jack Black is quite an odd cast already. It seems like something people would want to see, if only for the sake of curiosity.
This seems like a dramatic piece, considering the devastating accident that changed Callahan’s life. Personally, I believe Jack Black deserves another chance at a dramatic role. The script and the overuse of CGI limited his performance in Peter Jackson’s King Kong in 2005. However, he was marvelous in Richard Linklater’s Bernie in 2012. Even though he was comedic throughout much of the film, there were a few dramatic scenes where Black shone. Black is a great comedy actor, but I also think there is more than a funny man under the hood. It would be great to see him knock it out of the park in a serious role to expand his acting career.
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot will definitely be an interesting film. The story seems engaging and dramatic. A combination of Jack Black and Joaquin Phoenix is something most everyone would be curious to see. One can only hope that Jack Black makes the cut and stuns us with a brilliant performance.