As the title skirtchaser of Shallow Hal, funnyman Jack Black goes gaga for a plus-size gal who looks like lithe Gwyneth Paltrow through his hypnotized eyes. "It's a simple, sweet message," he says. "Inner beauty is what counts. It's easy to say, but our society's obsessed with image and it's an important message."
That's all well and good, but still, isn't it rather incongruous that the beautiful person within Hal's hefty honey just happens to be a skinny blonde? "I see what you're saying," he cracks. "You have a very good point. The movie's a fraud!"
Turning slightly more serious, he points out: "In the end, he still sees the real her and he says, 'Wait a second, I love her.'" (By the by, we're not betraying any plot twists here, folks. As with many flicks these days, if you've seen the trailer, the whole tale's already been told.) After Hal's first public screening, Black says he thought "people were surprised a little bit at what it is besides being a comedy. There's this deeper level of sensitivity than you're expecting from the Farrelly brothers."
Having already appeared in such films as Dead Man Walking
and High Fidelity
as well as enjoying minor rock stardom with his band, Tenacious D
Black's well on his way to full-fledged celebrityhood. So how does it feel? "It kinda sucks when you want to go to Astroburger," he chuckles, "and some dude'll sit in your booth with you like you're best friends. I didn't expect it, so I never really even thought about it. I've always thought celebrities complaining about their privacy seemed lame, but there's something to it, I must say."