There?s more than black and white with Jack Black -- The ''Tenacious D'' star opens up about how he got his role

By Dan Snierson
December 23, 2000 at 05:00 AM EST

Moment of Arrival Having already attained cult-hero status in HBO’s delicious acoustic-metal satire, Tenacious D, Black added his own chapter to The Book of Scene Stealing as a manic-sarcastic, frighteningly encyclopedic record-store clerk in High Fidelity.
How He Got the Part ”John Cusack saw me in Tenacious D, and then I met with (director Stephen) Frears and he said, ‘The part is yours.’ And then I got scared I was gonna stink up the joint. And I was like, ‘F—, man, I don’t wanna do the part. I pass.’ Frears called me and said, ‘What do you mean, you pass?”’
On the Greatest Guitarist Of All Time ”The thing is, you’re supposed to go Hendrix, but I’m gonna go Jimmy Page — just too many epic, f—in’ mountaintop guitar solos that blew my mind.”
What Fame Has Brought ”Do you mean, have I gotten the prototypes of, like, videogames and s—? No. In fact, I tried to get the PlayStation 2 off my newfound fame…. unsuccessful.”
What’s Next Starring with Gwyneth Paltrow in the Farrelly brothers’ Shallow Hal; a Tenacious D disc.