Jack Black's dream of opening for Pearl Jam on his 40th birthday has been dashed by movie bosses - who forced him to turn down the chance to play with the rockers in San Fransisco, California.
The actor was asked to support Pearl Jam with his rock band Tenacious D at a concert which happens to fall on his milestone birthday on 28 August (09).
Black, who is currently filming Gulliver's Travels, begged movie bosses to give him the day off to play the gig - and he was devastated when they refused to relieve him of his filming commitments, insisting he must spend his birthday at work.
Black says, "I thought that'd be a good way to turn 40 - in front of a huge rock 'n roll audience. It would have been fantastic. But the moviemakers wouldn't let me because they said I might still be filming. I said, 'Come on, please I'm a star, let me off for one day.'
"But they said, 'No, we paid you and now you have to work on your birthday.'
"I'm gonna be bad in the movie on purpose that day. That'll teach them."