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Meat Loaf Picks Role In Tenacious D Film

Of the Oakland Press

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When VH1 was making the 2000 biopic “Meat Loaf: To Hell and Back,” the singer’s first choice to play him was a then-ascendant Jack Black, whose latest credits at the time were in “Cradle Will Rock” and “High Fidelity” — and in Tenacious D, the comic rock band he formed with Kyle Gass.

Black wound up unable to do the role, but Meat Loaf still felt enough of a tie to play Black’s character’s father in the new “Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny”

“The only reason I did it is ’cause I like Jack,” says Meat Loaf, 59 (real name Marvin Lee Aday), who took a break from making his new album, “Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose,” to film his part in “Pick,” which also marks his fi rst singing role in a film since “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” in 1975.

“What you see is what you get with (Black). He’s down to earth. He’s like what you see (in the films). He doesn’t run on that energy level all the time, but you can feel it around him.”

In “Pick,” which also features cameos by rockers Ronnie James Dio and Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, Meat Loaf plays Black’s father, an entirely sung part of “a religious zealot and total control freak” who does not approve of his son’s career choice.

“In today’s terms, he’s a terrorist — terrorizing Jack, who can’t take it anymore and runs away to become the greatest rock ’n’ roll band in the world,” Meat Loaf says.

Black, meanwhile, notes that Meat Loaf — whose previous film roles include “Fight Club,” “The Mighty” and “Crazy in Alabama” — was a little volatile” on the set.

“He’s a little bit of a method actor,” Black says. “He was bringing the spicy papa sauce.”

Meat Loaf, meanwhile, was not particularly familiar with Tenacious D; his daughters, Pearl and Amanda, who are fans, kept him posted every time Black made a comment about wanting Meat Loaf to play his father. He spent a couple of days shooting, then hooked up for an afternoon with the Dust Brothers, who produced the “Pick” soundtrack.

“The recording of it was really funny,” he recalls. “I thought we were just doing a demo. I went up to one of their houses for a half-hour, did some chit-chat and then did my thing two times. I asked them when I should come back, and they said, ‘Oh, that’s enough. It’s fine. See you later ...’

“I wish everything I did was that easy.”

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