Did ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Rip Off ‘School of Rock’? Jack Black Thinks So
Thor: Ragnarok has been slaying at the box office for very good reason. It's by all accounts a pretty fun superhero film, one of the best movies of the Marvel cinematic universe.
But now in an Instagram video, film funnyman Jack Black has accused the blockbuster of stealing its 'rok' from another successful movie. And that film is, uh, 2003's School Of Rock.
School Of Rock starred Black as Dewey Finn, a failing musician who poses as a teacher to inspire a class of kids to win a Battle of the Bands. The similarity between that and a Norse god trying to prevent a mythological apocalypse is uncanny, if you ask me...
While it's safe to say the two movies are very different, that isn't what Black's bothered about. What's bugging him is Thor's choice of soundtrack.
"You know in School of Rock where I sing a part of that monstrous Led Zeppelin jam 'Immigrant Song', and it's super bitchin' and the raddest part of the movie?" Black said, typically sounding like he's spent his whole life watching Bill and Ted on repeat.
"Well, it's come to my attention that someone kind of stole that chunk of our movie and put it in their movie... That's right! I'm talking about Thor: Ragnarok."
In case you haven't seen Thor: Ragnarok, it does use 'Immigrant Song' in a battle scene, but so do tonnes of other films - hardly a big deal.
It becomes clear that Black's playing up the coincidence for laughs as he challenges Thor star Chris Hemsworth to a 'battle of the jams'.
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"Totally bit our style, totally poached our jam, and now they're parading round town like they thought of it," the Kung Fu Panda star added. "Well, you don't get to do that and get away with it, bro!" Have we woken up in the '90s?
Amazingly, Hemsworth took the bait and joined in on the fun. He soon filmed a reply to Black, 'fessing up and admitting his crime.
Credit: Chris Hemsworth
"You got me," the Australian actor said. "We stole 'Immigrant Song' from you, but guess what? You stole it, too. And, as Oscar Wilde once said, 'talent borrows and genius steals', so we're both guilty of the same crime."
As well as toying with Black's words and playing air drums, Hemsworth even had a go at Black's song 'Tribute', the most famous song of Black's band, Tenacious D.
"We would have used your song," he said slyly. "But as you said in your song, 'this is not the greatest song in the world'. So we moved on."
Hemsworth ended his video by accepting Black's challenge: "My place or yours, baby? I'm in." Does this mean we'll soon see the pair going at it in a rock-off? If so, it's going to be radical...And it looks like Jack has already taken up his side of the challenge.
Up to you now, Chris. We're looking forward to seeing his response in what is probably one of the weirdest battles we've ever experienced.
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