Disputed Led Zeppelin Track Fuels 'Battle Of The Jams' Between Jack Black & Chris Hemsworth

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Jack Black visits the CBS Photo Booth during the People's Choice Awards, the only major awards show where fans determine the nominees and winners across categories of movies, music and television, will air live from the Microsoft Theatre on Jan. 6, 2016.

Hemsworth doesn't know what that even means, but he still seems into it.

Jack Black is really fired up about the use of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" in the ads for the new Thor: Ragnarok movie, because he obviously holds all claims to it following its iconic use in the comedian's 2003 movie School of Rock. After seeing the superhero flick, Black has laid down the gauntlet by challenging Thor star Chris Hemsworth to a Battle of the Jams to settle the claim to the song. 

Since Led Zeppelin has so rarely licensed music for use in films, each time a track shows up on screen it's kind of a really big deal. Back when School of Rock was first in the creation stages, Black went as far as to beg for the band's permission to use "Immigrant Song." The lead actor took some time while filming the Battle of the Bands scene to enlist the crowd in his begging, saying to "the gods of rock" that, "This is a movie about rock and without that song this movie will crumble into smithereens. Oh no - the movie is kicka--. But dude, your song would be a hard rockin' cherry on the top of the mountain."

So of course, Black was more than taken aback when he heard the track now tied with the God of Thunder in Thor, no longer having that sweet tune to claim as his own. Having already taken on King Kong and high schoolers, Black is ready to slap on some armor for this battle, as he expressed his woes on Instagram. "It's come to my attention that someone kind of stole that chunk of our movie, and put it in their movie. That's right. I'm talking about Thor: Ragnarok. Totally bit our style, totally poached our jam, and now they're parading around town like they thought of it! Well, you don't get to do that and get away with it, bro. I'm calling you out, Thor."

Black isn't all talk, no game, though. The actor tapped his costars from The House With A Clock In It’s Walls during a break from filming to portray the first round of this battle, including director Eli Roth. 


This is a challenge! #SchoolOfRagnarok @chrishemsworth @taikawaititi

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Hemsworth seemed equal parts uncomfortable and confused when he posted his response to Instagram, saying, "You're right, you got me! Guilty as charged." The mood lightens as the actor yells "Jaaack!" and begins to deal compliments to the School of Rock faux music professor, "We stole 'Immigrant Song' from you. But guess what? You stole it, too. And as Oscar Wilde once said, 'Talent borrows and genius steals.' So, we're both guilty of the same crime."


in response to @jackblack #schoolofragnarock #jam @taikawaititi @marvel #thorragnarok

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Hemsworth admitted he's super unclear of what a Battle of the Jams is as he listed off his favorite types of jams - you know, the one for toast and the one fronted by Eddie Vedder. Whatever this battle turns out to be, Hemsworth is down. Stay tuned for the next round, which will hopefully feature Hemsworth screaming along to the Zeppelin classic.