Hollywood is buzzing with the latest blockbuster The House with A Clock on Its Wall, which stars funnyman Jack Black and Oscar Winner Cate Blanchett.
Based on the novel, the film adaptation brings to life the story of ten-year-old Lewis (Owen Vaccaro), a fun-loving and sweet boy who goes to live with his interesting uncle in a creaky old house. Shortly after moving in, Lewis uncovers that his Uncle Jonathan (Jack Black) and his neighbor Mrs. Zimmerman (Cate Blanchett) are powerful practitioners of the arts. A world of witches, warlocks and deadly curses is brought to life when Lewis accidentally awakens the dead!
In an almost odd coupling of the hilarious Black and the acclaimed Blanchett, the on-screen chemistry is nothing but perfection.
I sat down with the cast and asked Black what it was like to work with the Oscar winner, and Black was nothing short of complimentary. “Intimidated at first”, he said. “But she soon showed that she was fun, ready to goof off and act like an idiot.”
The chemistry between the two adult actors wasn’t isolated to them, with Black and the young star of the film Vaccaro also hitting it off. Blacklisted the reasons he took on the project which included, “Cate Blanchett, this magical script and this kid over here,” Black pointing to his side-kick during the interview.
Things then took a magical turn when I asked what power the pair would like to have in real life. The two playfully threw magical balls of energy at me before Black confessed, “I would have the power to change milkshakes and fries into zero calories.”
Interested in how the young Vaccaro juggles school with a stellar Hollywood career, he confessed, “My regular teacher will send my school work to the teacher on set and I’ll do the work with the teacher on set.” Fair enough. Not new to this, Vaccaro is a seasoned actor already, even at such a young age, having stared in Daddy’s Home and Daddy’s Home 2 with Mark Wahlberg and Mother’s Day with Jennifer Aniston and Julia Roberts.
When I asked what Vaccaro’s most unexpected and exciting moment during filming was, the 12-year-old gushed, “the atomotoms!” A pure moment that will excite audiences all around the world.
Director Eli Roth also discussed with me the struggles and seriousness of adapting a novel saying, “when you do an adaptation, you should only be thinking about the end result.”
Magically, mysterious and moving – The House with A Clock in Its Walls is fun for the whole family and is in cinema’s now.