Jack Black visits convicted murderer

Actors often go to great lengths to prepare for a role so when Jack Black was cast to play the title role in Richard Linklater’s upcoming film Bernie, based on real-life convicted murderer Bernie Tiede, Black decided that he needed to meet the man first-hand at the maximum-security prison where Tiede is currently serving his sentence. “It was scary. It was intimidating,” Black told E! News. “Yeah, we’re safe because there are guards around, but you don’t feel safe. You feel like you can get killed any minute.” Tiede, a small-town funeral director and mortician, was convicted just over 15 years ago for killing Marjorie Nugent (to be played by Shirley MacLaine, pictured at left), a wealthy 81-year-old widow known for her mean, emotionally abusive personality. Despite the terrifying experience of being in the prison, Black found himself a little moved by Tiede. “I definitely feel like he served his time. He deserved punishment, to do hard time, because it was murder — but not all murders are created equal,” said Black. “Bernie is just the sweetest, softest and most lovable guy. It’s like you shouldn’t be here with these killers.”

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  1. ABC • April 26, 2012 @ 9:43 AM

    He killed someone…doesn’t matter how nasty the victim was she didn’t deserve to be murdered. He deserved to sit in jail for the rest of his life.

  2. Lou • April 26, 2012 @ 11:35 AM

    Jack is right. there is self-defense, there is temporary insanity and many other types of incidents where you are forced to take a life. I know nothing about this man’s case, but the idea that “murder is murder” is far too simple black-and-white thinking (very typically conservative American) for me.

  3. TheTruth • April 26, 2012 @ 1:55 PM

    If you can’t trust kung fu panda’s word on someones character, what’s the point?

  4. BungeeBall • April 26, 2012 @ 2:35 PM

    Bernie was stealing money from the 81 year old women, when she found out he shot her four times in the back as she was running away.

    He then stuffed her inside a freezer and sealed it with duct tape.

    For nine months while she was in that freezer he gave away her money to various men he had been sleeping with and to different charities and poor groups around the town. Which is why the town was split when it came to punishing him. Many recalled the good things he had done with the money.

    When he was arrested he then claimed emotional abuse and said that was the reason he killed her.

    I know there are different reasons for murder, and self defence and insanity are reasons which you could be aquited but shooting an unarmed woman in the back multiple times as she was running away from you is not one of them.

    Jack Black should remember that his little movie is based on that sweet, soft, loveable guy murdering someone in cold blood.

  5. mike • April 26, 2012 @ 5:10 PM

    if he deserves to get fried fry him dont go softy on these guys what they did deserves what he gets how fast we forget the victims and their families hes going to die poor guy but he did before that doesnt matter anymore its like water under the bridge…come on wake up and stop feeling sorry for these people that shouldnt have been born in the first place and the victims would be alive now.

  6. kari • April 26, 2012 @ 9:53 PM

    i’m so angry he feels sorry for this murderer,, my 89 year old grandpa was beaten to death for his old age check a whole 700 bucks,, he was beaten to death with his own cane, and the worst part is he was murdered by his lady friend’s own son ,,and guess what he got,, a whole friggining 7 years,,,, i was pregnant with youngest daughter when grandpa was murdered, she never got to meet him,,, so don’t you talk to me about feeling sorry for a murderer,,

  7. j09 • April 27, 2012 @ 2:29 AM

    Bernie is just the sweetest, softest and most lovable guy…” Seriously? I wonder how the people close to Marjorie would feel hearing this. Somebody capable of committing a crime like that should never be praised. Obviously the guy is rotting in jail and then he gets a visit from Jack Black, obviously he’s going to behave differently. I don’t like when they make movies like this because in my opinion people shouldn’t rise to fame for doing terrible things. I’m very sorry to hear about your situation kari, we need a better justice system.

  8. James • April 29, 2012 @ 9:03 AM

    Never liked this guy (Jack Black). Like him even less after reading his opinion spousing leniency for a MURDERER!

  9. yuck • May 1, 2012 @ 12:23 AM

    Uh, sorry Jack but even though the old murdered woman was mean, she was surely still special to someone, say a husband, kids? Same as any of us, she was once someone to somebody. So what if the murderer was soft-spoken, a lot of psychopaths and child-molesters are, should be just tear down prison walls and let the nice, quiet ones out? What a dumb thing to say, Jack!

  10. yuck • May 1, 2012 @ 12:24 AM

    *we, not be

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