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Jack Black: ‘Everyone needs the same amount of pie!’

Jack Black has vowed to get his youngest son a role in one of his movies.
The 46-year-old actor voices the character of Po in his latest film Kung Fu Panda 3 and used his star power to swing a small role for his nine-year-old son Sammy. While Sammy was thrilled to portray a bunny in the animated film, Jack admits he will have to ensure his youngest son Tommy also has a similar opportunity in the future.
“Tommy, my little one, didn’t make it into this one,” Jack said during an interview on Lorraine on Monday (07Mar16). “But you know how brothers and sisters are, so now I have to get the other one a little part in something else because it’s gotta be even. You don’t love one of them more than the other – you’ve got to make sure everyone gets the same amount of pie!”
The first Kung Fu Panda movie came out in 2008 and since then its sequels have proved even more popular. Voicing a character in an animated film is something of a dream job for Jack, as he admits it’s much less taxing than other roles.
“These animated films are sometimes the most fun jobs because these artists do all the heavy lifting,” he laughed. “You come in in your PJs at 11am and yeah… have some fun!”
The latest installment in the franchise tells the story of Po continuing his “legendary adventures of awesomeness”. Po is also reunited with his long-lost panda father Li, voiced by Bryan Cranston, and the importance of family is just one of the messages the film gets across.
“That’s one of the cool themes – finding yourself and what it means to be a teacher, not turning the student into you but turning the student into the best self they can be – their own qualities and bringing those to light,” he said.
Jack also added he first took on the role of Po because he’s such a lover of cartoons – not because he wanted to make a film his children could see.
“I started this 10 years ago, before I had any children, so I was really just doing it for me – I like cartoons, and plus the first one I think we did for about 50 bucks,” he laughed.

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