Jack Black returns to the big screen soon with Jumanji: The Next Level, reprising the role of Professor Sheldon “Shelly” Oberon. The actor, who also fronts the band Tenacious D and has become a fairly prominent gaming YouTube star, has been nominated for two Golden Globes and has starred in some huge films. But in a new interview with Balance, Black has revealed that he’s contemplating retirement after his next film.
Black, who got his start in acting in a commercial for Atari game Pitfall! in 1982, told Balance that he’s got “maybe one more movie” in him, along with another Tenacious D record. “I’m kind of enjoying the idea of early retirement,” he told the site, before adding “not so early. I’m 50.”
“I can’t really say what my next thing is because it’s too early,” he says. “I’ve got a couple of tricks up my sleeve. But not too many. I’m looking to wrap it up pretty soon.” Black says that he wants to spend more time with his family–he’s married with two sons– and that he’d consider moving to television to have a more normal 9-5 routine.
There’s a history of actors walking back statements about retirement after the fact–a few examples include Robert Redford, Joaquin Phoenix, Clint Eastwood, and Daniel Day-Lewis. Black admits that he might, ultimately, do the same. “And if something comes up, you know, obviously if Tarantino comes a-knocking, I’m gonna do that movie!”
He invokes the name of Tarantino, who has also publicly talked about retiring after his next film, a few times throughout the interview. “I’m going to star in the final Quentin Tarantino movie and then I’ll ride into the sunset. Me and Quentin, riding off! Quentin hasn’t offered me the role yet, but I’m pretty sure it’s coming.”
It’s unclear how serious Black is being, but it seems possible that he will slow his output soon. If Jack Black retires, he’ll have plenty more time to play the mobile game that he can’t stop spending money on.