Jack Black reveals the 'badass' Aussie star he'd want to fight in Kung Fu Panda

EXCLUSIVE: Jack Black chats to Yahoo Lifestyle ahead of the release of the fourth Kung Fu Panda film.

The Kung Fu Panda series has featured so many incredible actors, with Jack Black back as Po the panda for a fourth film alongside newcomers Awkwafina, Viola Davis and Ke Huy Juan, to name a few.

Dustin Hoffman, Bryan Cranston, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, J.K. Simmons and Jackie Chan are just some of the incredible actors who have worked on the series. However, we have yet to see an Aussie star take on a role.

Jack Black speaks to Yahoo Lifestyle about Kung Fu Panda
Jack Black has revealed the 'badass' Aussie star he'd love to fight in the Kung Fu Panda series. Photo: Yahoo Lifestyle

Speaking with Yahoo Lifestyle during his recent visit to Australia, Jack revealed the one Aussie star he'd love to see Po take on in a fight.


"In terms of villains, I'm gonna go Hugo," he tells us. "Hugo Weaving is in my favourite movie of all time, one of them – I'm going to say top three – The Matrix. He played Mr Smith, and he was so good. I had to watch that movie right away twice in a row.

"So I'm gonna go Hugo, he'd be a badass."

Hugo Weaving today and Hugo Weaving in The Matrix
Jack reveals he'd love to see Hugo Weaving in a Kung Fu Panda film. Photo: Getty/Warner Bros
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Jack is back as Po in the series' fourth instalment, this time with Awkwafina, Viola Davis, and more. Photo: Nine

When we suggested The Matrix actor could play a boxing kangaroo, Jack shared that he had other ideas for Hugo.

"A boxing kangaroo, that's not bad," he says, adding, "The weird thing with the kangaroo though, is you don't think of them as villainous, you think they're kind of cute!"

"But then when it gets right down to it, you do not want to get in a fight with one because they will knock you on your butt," Jack explains. "But Hugo seems to me more of a reptilian – I'm not sure what kind of character – maybe a Komodo dragon, something of that nature."

Jack Black reveals his favourite film from his own catalogue

When asked to look back at his career, Jack revealed his favourite movie that he's worked on is a fan favourite, telling us: "School of Rock, gotta be. That's the one that put me on the map, and it's the one that was written for me by a genius writer, Mike White and [we had] a great director, Richard Linklater. Going with School of Rock all the way."

Jack Black in School of Rock
Jack shares that his favourite film from his own backlog is School of Rock. Photo: Paramount Pictures

When asked if he's ever taken anything from a set, he adds, "Well, I did keep my guitar from School of Rock, but in fairness, I didn't really steal it, because I bought it, and I brought it to set and I used my own guitar in the movie.

"But usually they don't like you to take things away from the set," the actor shares. "You get in trouble, the studio likes to keep all of that."

The movie that's on Jack's bucket list

Speaking about his filmmaking bucket list, Jack tells us there's one thing he would love to do.


"I'd love to do a musical," he says. "I mean, I always have a little bit of music in all the movies I do, but I've never done one that was like a proper musical where it's music all the time. That would be a cool challenge."

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