The Headmaster of the School of Rock takes on a new role as a heavy metal roadie charged with saving the universe in the video game Brütal Legend.

By Jack Erwin; Photography by Chris Buck/Corbis
Jack Black’s voiced A Kung fu panda and even gotten his rom-com on in the past few years (or so we’re told—somehow we missed The Holiday), but we have no problem pigeonholing dude (ayo!): To us, he’s always best as the doughy, manically off-kilter “schlub” (his word) in flicks like Orange County and Tropic Thunder. So we were suitably stoked to hear about his playing a heavy metal roadie in Brütal Legend, a new open-world video game from Double Fine/EA. Legend’s writer, gaming cult hero Tim Schafer (Grim Fandango, Psychonauts), delved deep into metal mythology and peppered the game with allusions to the genre’s classics, even getting rock gods Lemmy Kilmister, Ozzy Osbourne, and Rob Halford to voice characters. We got with JB recently to talk VGs, metal, and how to rock into your 40s.
So how did you get involved in the game?
Jack Black:Psychonauts
A lot of hardcore gamers get skeptical when celebrities sign up to do games. What makes your involvement different?
Jack Black:
You’ve got pretty decent heavy metal credentials, too.
Jack Black:
You have a very distinctive way of saying “metal.”
Jack Black:
What was your first concert?
Jack Black:
Did you study with any roadies to prep for the role?
Jack Black:
You just turned 40. Are there any kinds of met-tull calisthenics you need to do to maintain that state of mind as you enter middle age?
Jack Black:
So if you listen to heavy metal and play video games, the day you turn 40 you’ll be as healthy as everyone else.
Jack Black:tull