May 22 2012 12:00 AM

Actor was a DeMaio doppelganger in the 1992 political satire 'Bob Roberts'

The 1992 political satire Bob Roberts is a particularly relevant film to watch these days, not just because 2012 is an election year, but because Carl DeMaio, frontrunner in the San Diego mayor's race, has a cameo. 

Oh wait, that's not DeMaio. That's Jack Black as a teenage actor, long before he even joined Tenacious D. 

OK, we'll confess we've made this comparison several times already, most recently in our Carl DeMaio A-Z guide. But this time we've got something fresh: A reaction from Black himself. ---

For his review of the film Bernie last week, our critic, Anders Wright, spoke with Black about his role as a soft-spoken murderer in a small Texas town. But he also took a minute to ask to talk about Black's doppelganger, DeMaio. 

His response was priceless.


Anders Wright: So, in a recent issue, we compared Carl DeMaio, a weasily Republican candidate, with the character you played in Bob Roberts.

Jack Black: That's what this mayoral candidate is like? But he doesn't look like he's 12 years old, because that's what I think of when I think of me in Bob Roberts. I look like I was just a child.

No, but he is very youthful-looking. There are similarities.

Does he have some Nazi Youth qualities to him?

He's the sort of candidate who takes money from the anti-gay-rights lobby, despite being gay himself.

Wait, he's gay? He's out?


That's a very rare bird indeed, a guy who's out of the closet who's fighting against gay rights. That's an amazing creature. I don't know what to do with that situation.


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