In response to Linklater within the Self-importance Truthful video, he’d turned down many comedy scripts earlier than «College of Rock» grew to become the one which caught due to the tenacity of its producer:
«I would turned down issues for like 10 years. The producer, Scott Rudin, deserves the matchmaking credit score right here, as a result of I instinctually did move on it, I used to be like, ‘oh it is sort of tacky,’ after which I obtained a name, ‘Nicely, Scott Rudin’s not accepting your move, you should discuss to him.'»
Whereas a 2021 Vulture piece exhibits that «College of Rock» wasn’t precisely the one factor Rudin was pushy about, it is a good factor that he obtained Linklater to signal on to the mission. It undoubtedly is sensible that Linklater thought it was tacky at first. On paper, it actually is! However there’s only a sure simple magic to Jack Black’s character within the film, a personality that Linklater associated to rather a lot.
«One thing in Jack’s character I discovered very private to me, sort of the slacker who society’s wanting down their nostril at, will not be a productive individual, however, actually, he does have one thing to supply society.»
And so Linklater went by with making the movie, making a traditional household comedy that was so good it really helped persuade Robert Downey Jr. to work with him later. Most significantly for Linklater, it confirmed that making motion pictures may very well be only for enjoyable.
«It opened my cinematic horizons just a little bit to suppose, I can work within the business a sure manner and have enjoyable with that and achieve success with it.»