Jolie, Black seek "inner peace" in Kung Fu Panda 2

Thu May 12, 2011 1:10pm EDT
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By Mike Collett-White

CANNES, France (Reuters) - Actress Angelina Jolie said 3D animation drama "Kung Fu Panda 2" was about finding your "inner peace," while co-star comic Jack Black pondered whether all life forms had "fleeting moments of existentiality."

At a sometimes surreal press conference to promote the movie at the Cannes film festival on Thursday, the topics of discussion ranged from violence in film to China to adoption, although Black never allowed proceedings to get too serious.

"My inner peace is in pieces at the moment," he quipped to a large crowd of reporters in a plush hotel ballroom.

Kung Fu Panda 2 is the sequel to the successful 2008 original which earned $632 million at the international box office, and Black said there would be further sequels should the movies continue to succeed commercially.

In Kung Fu Panda 2, portly panda hero Po, voiced by Black, must find inner calm to defeat his nemesis Lord Shen, an evil peacock played by Gary Oldman who sets out to conquer China with an "unstoppable" weapon and to destroy kung fu once and for all.

He also discovers that he is adopted -- not a major surprise to movie goers considering his "father" is a goose.

Oscar-winner Jolie provides the voice for Tigress, while Dustin Hoffman portrays Master Shifu, Po's mentor in a story set in ancient China against backdrops of lush forests, towering temples and crowded cities.

Although Kung Fu Panda 2 is not in the main Cannes line-up, the festival welcomes such blockbusters because they attract A-list stars like Jolie and generate the kind of buzz among media and fans on which the annual event thrives.   Continued...

<p>Voice actress Angelina Jolie poses during a photocall for the animated film "Kung Fu Panda 2" during the Cannes Film Festival May 12, 2011. The Cannes film festival runs from May 11 to 22. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (FRANCE - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)</p>