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Jack Black: I'm kind of like a modern-day Jerry Lewis

March 29, 2011 |  3:51 pm

JackJack Black put on a show for movie exhibitors in Las Vegas on Monday night, rolling around on the stage and pretending to be a martial arts expert to help promote the upcoming 3-D release "Kung Fu Panda 2."

"This movie kicks so much butt that's there's going to be a national butt shortage when this movie is unleashed on theaters," he told the audience.

Um, perhaps. But the comedian probably doesn't need to drum up that much support for the sequel, due out May 26, anyway: The 2008 2-D original was a blockbuster, grossing more than $630 million worldwide.

Not such a big hit, however? Black's latest movie, "Gulliver's Travels," which cost 20th Century Fox about $112 million to produce but has collected only $42.7 million since its release last December. (Overseas the film has been far more successful, and is inching toward the $200-million mark.)

Asked why he thought the movie resonated abroad, Black shrugged.

"I'm like Jerry Lewis," he joked. "My agent called and was like, 'Hey, it turns out it's a hit!' "

In any case, he says, he prefers acting in animated movies, in part because a voice actor has more fashion freedom. (His choice of outfit onstage in front of the movie exhibitors Monday -- whom he referred to as a "swashbucklin' crew" -- included a Hawaiian-print button-up and a T-shirt with a tiger emblazoned  underneath.)

"It's also so much faster. You can do a ton of scenes in one day, whereas in a live-action movie you're doing five hours straight of a scene that's one minute," he explained. "This is less of a dull process."

-- Amy Kaufman in Las Vegas


Photo: Jack Black promotes his upcoming film "Kung Fu Panda 2" at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images.