The kid stars from College Of Rock have revealed they had been bullied following the movie’s success.
Directed by Richard Linklater, the comedy movie starred Jack Black as struggling guitarist Dewey Finn who pretends to be substitute instructor at a prestigious prep faculty. After it was launched in 2003, the movie grossed over $130million worldwide on a $35million price range.
The movie’s younger solid, who had been high-schoolers and middle-schoolers on the time, defined that they had been bullied in school following the movie’s launch in an interview with Rolling Stone.
Joey Gaydos Jr., who performed Zack Mooneyham, mentioned he was checked out like “a three-headed freak” when he returned to his hometown in Detroit.
“I used to be checked out like an entire weirdo, and that was onerous,” Gaydos Jr. mentioned. “I bear in mind going to a soccer sport in highschool, and a few older lady developing and smacking me within the face as a result of, ‘Have a look at that bizarre man from the film.’ Folks thought I had all of it occurring. I couldn’t consider it.”
Veronica Afflerbach, who performed “groupie” Eleni, vowed to “by no means do that once more” after youngsters at her faculty had been “brutal” in the direction of her.
“My mother and father wished to make an funding, so that they purchased me a home,” Afflerbach mentioned. “And children mentioned actually horrible issues. ‘What else did you do to make that a lot cash? As a result of it’s not from only a couple strains in a film. You’re an additional.’ However I want that I had given myself an opportunity to see the place else [acting] might have taken me.”
Rivkah Reyes, who performed bassist Katie, mentioned she was “actually sick” for “a few decade” following the movie’s launch.
“There was, I’d say, a few decade of me being actually, actually sick and actually, actually mentally unwell and utilizing something I might to really feel nothing, mainly,” Reyes mentioned. “However the final 5 years, I’ve been sober and re-navigating the movie trade and comedy and writing and all of it. It’s simply a lot simpler when there’s not all that additional stuff in the way in which of me, my precise self.”
Kevin Clark, who performed drummer Freddy within the movie, died aged 32 in a highway collision in 2021.
Chatting with NME to mark the movie’s twentieth anniversary this 12 months, director Richard Linklater mentioned the movie “didn’t really feel like a success” when he first approached the venture.
“I liked engaged on that film and I liked Jack, and the entire course of,” Linklater mentioned. “However I did that for my very own very private causes.
“Once I went into that venture, it didn’t really feel like an enormous hit. It might’ve been a reasonably tacky little film, the way in which it would’ve been going!”
Linklater’s subsequent movie is the motion comedy Hit Man starring Glen Powell, which premiered on the Venice Movie Pageant earlier this month.