Gus Van Sant and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
Gus Van Sant has tapped MILK writer Dustin Lance Black to adapt Tom Wolfe’s nonfiction novel THE ELECTRIC KOOL-AID ACID TEST for the big screen, and already a potential casting has come under some scrutiny. ACID TEST follows novelist Ken Kesey and his merry pranksters cross-country as they do all the things a hippie novelist with a trippy bus, a bunch of friends, and a bunch of LSD would do…they take in some of the first Grateful Dead shows, hang out with Hells Angels, party constantly, and eventually encounter some real legal bummers. In a recent interview with MTV, Van Sant commented on the casting of lead man Ken Kesey:
“Unfortunately, Heath Ledger was a pretty obvious choice, and he’s gone…There’s the opportunity that it could be Jack Black.”
I think it’s safe to say that Gus was on target with Ledger, considering Heath’s personality would be a perfect fit for such a free-thinker, and if he had been able to put on a little weight, he definitely would’ve even looked quite a bit like Kesey, much more than Jack Black. MTV goes on to say that mentioning Jack Black was Van Sant’s way of hinting that the film may be more comedic, but I’m reminded of Black’s role in JESUS’ SON which was definitely a sign of his ability to play a solid semi-dramatic drug addict. Obviously there will be humor in this film, but I wouldn’t go so far as to assume it will have an overly comedic tone. The bigger question is how will Jack Black as a bald guy?