Friday, November 17, 2006

The Newest Frat Packer?

Jack Black and Kyle Gass don't need cameo appearances from aging rock stars and famous actors to sell a movie, but they don't hurt. Black and Gass have quite a following as the awesome rock duo, Tenacious D.

In Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny (due in theatres Nov. 22), Black and Gass rock hard with the help of David Grohl and Meatloaf. Ben Stiller (who is also executive producer of the film), SNLers Amy Poehler and Fred Armisen, and Tim Robbins also make appearances. But one appearance almost goes unnoticed and is in fact uncredited: John C. Reilly.

Reilly would be unrecognizable in his five-minute performance as Sasquatch were it not for his voice and eyes. But these five minutes are quite touching in the pull-at-your-heartstrings way that Reilly excels at. Sasquatch is sort of a father figure to Black in the scene.

Reilly has a reputation as a character actor, but lately he's proved himself as quite the comedic actor, adding a touch of reputability to Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, starring Will Ferrell. Ferrell is a member of the so-called "frat pack" along with Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Jack Black, and other funny men who can't seem to get enough of each other. One can only hope that Reilly is the newest member.

Reilly would make an excellent addition to the frat pack as he has the ability to elevate the performance levels of those around him without upstaging them. It must be the Mr. Cellophane quality.

The only fault of Reilly's performance was that he didn't sing. Maybe Black didn't want to be upstaged, but I don't think he had anything to worry about.

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