Opening this weekend, in limited release, is director Richard Linklater’s (Dazed and Confused, School of Rock, Before Sunrise) new film Bernie. The dark comedy is based on a true story and stars Jack Black as an assistant funeral director of a small Texas town who wooed and then murdered a cantankerous, affluent widow. Black is surrounded by a terrific supporting cast that includes Shirley MacLaine as said widow and Matthew McConaughey as the one person in town who suspects Bernie of wrongdoing. While I’ve been less than impressed with Black’s recent film choices, I thought his work in Bernie was incredible and it’ll remind you that when he has the right material, he’s a great actor. For more on the film, here’s seven clips.
Last week I got to sit down with Black and MaClaine. They talked about their favorite movies, were they shocked to learn the story was based on actual events, what changed while filming, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
Finally, if you missed my extended video interview with director Richard Linklater, click here.
Jack Black and Shirley MaClaine
- Do they have a favorite movie
- When they first heard about the project, were they shocked to learn it was based on actual events
- Did a lot change on set while they were filming