Jack Black testified that he felt very intimidated when he visited a maximum security prison to talk with the man who plays in his latest project – the killer Bernie Tiede. The famous comedian let the jokes aside and shows his darker side in the movie Bernie, directed by Richard Linklater.
Tiede said that he killed in 1996 the millionaire Marjorie Nugent in age of 81 years, shooting her four times in the back with a rifle. Black wanted to speak personally with Bernie, as part of its preparation for the role and even if it was accompanied by guards when he did this, did not feel safe at all: It was scary, intimidating… Yes, I was safety because were guards around, but you have no sense of security. You think you can be killed at any moment.
Tiede, former mortician, was described as gay companion of widow Marjorie Nugent and came to enjoy the lifestyle too much of the benefit due to its proximity to the old millionaire. However, according to the Los Angeles Times, he came to feel suffocated by her behavior and killed her, then hid the body in a freezer. For nine months old woman’s body had lain there and Bernie, considered by locals the sweetest and kind man in town, assured everyone that she is alive.
In the role of old widow who finds her end in the hands of Jack Black was cast Shirley MacLaine, and the district attorney who starts an investigation in this case is played by Matthew McConaughey. The film will be released in the U.S. this weekend.