Jack Black Forgot He Was In The Holiday

by : Niamh Shackleton on : 11 Dec 2019 12:28
Jack Black Forgot He Was In The HolidayVariety/Columbia Pictures

When celebrities think of their favourite Christmas film, you’d expect the first thing to come to mind is one they had featured in themselves. Will Ferrell would obviously say Elf, just as I’m sure Emma Thompson would say Love Actually – but Jack Black’s response wasn’t to be expected.

In a recent interview while promoting his new film Jumanji: The Next Level, Black was asked what his most loved holiday film was.


It’s December, and he was promoting a film, so it seemed like a sensible question to ask – and most would presume they knew Black’s answer before he even said it.

Jack Black Forgot He Was In The HolidayVariety

But surprisingly he didn’t actually say The Holiday – and even forgot he was in it completely.

Black replied with: 


My favourite holiday film? You know what, it’s got to be Elf, because Jon Favreau – I don’t know if I’m saying that right – and Will Ferrell just knock it out the park.

Thinking Black was being modest, the journalist gently encourages him that it’s alright to say the very movie he featured in himself, and his response is absolute gold.

You can watch his hilarious reaction to forgetting he’s featured in one of the most popular Christmas films below.


Looking at the journalist in confusion, Black takes a minute to remember he was, in fact, in The Holiday, where he played the much-loved and extremely relatable Miles.

When he finally clicks, it’s quite literally a light bulb moment. After what feels like a small eternity, he finally says:

Oh The Holiday! Obviously, The Holiday. Nancy Meyers. Genius. Let’s do this.

Black plays it extremely well and quickly scuttles off before he forgets any other films he starred in.


It’s not like he acted alongside some of the world’s most famous actors or anything: don’t cry Jude, your character in The Holiday will never, ever be forgotten *swoons*.

Jack Black Forgets He Is In The HolidayPA

The clip, shared by Variety, has been viewed almost 50,000 times and Twitter is loving it, with people saying Jack Black is ‘too good for us’.

In Black’s defence, the film is officially 13 years old as of last week and he’s featured in a fair few films since then, so we’ll let him off – plus his reaction was too good to be mad at.


For all we know, he really was being modest and acting extremely well, but it’s OK, we still love you, Jack.

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Niamh Shackleton

Niamh Shackleton is a pint sized person and journalist at UNILAD. After studying Multimedia Journalism at the University of Salford, she did a year at Caters News Agency as a features writer in Birmingham before deciding that Manchester is (arguably) one of the best places in the world, and therefore moved back up north. She's also UNILAD's unofficial crazy animal lady.

Topics: Film and TV, Celebrity News, Christmas Films, Jack Black