Willie Garson on Why Jack Black’s ‘The Polka King’ Was So ‘Prescient’

Jack Black stars as Jan Lewan, a man who drums up a plot that shocks his fans and lands him in jail, in “The Polka King,” and according to his co-star Willie Garson, it’s especially prescient. Black and Garson joined directors and writers Maya Forbes and Wallace Wolodarsky and fellow stars Jacki Weaver and Jenny Slate to talk about the comedy at the Variety Studio presented by Orville Redenbacher’s at the Sundance Film Festival.

“It was like, the greatest story ever,” Garson said of the script. “I thought, ‘my god, a man in entertainment swindling white middle-class workers? How could that ever happen?'”

“I just thought it was very prescient, I believe is the word,” he added.


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