Jack White has held several acting gigs, including Cold Mountain with Renee Zellweger and a cameo as Elvis Presley in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. The reason he hasn’t done more is because of the time filming takes. “If you act in a film, you may be looking at six months of working, and I could produce 15 45s by 15 bands and record my own music and go on tour around the world twice in that time,” he says.
Jack White is happy with Third Man being the art installation-meets-Seussian factory, but it could easily be much more. After helming Loretta Lynn’s Van Lear Rose, White could have been the next T Bone Burnett, but he’d rather entertain himself by churning out one-off 45s for bands no one has ever heard of.
It is ironic that Jack White’s Third Man, a nearly exclusive analog operation, ended up in Nashville, a city that was proud of making the conversion to nearly all-digital recordings long before Los Angeles or New York. But the city has embraced him since his move from Detroit. “Whenever I talk about the diversity of music found in Nashville … Jack White’s name always comes up,” Mayor Karl Dean says.