'School of Rock' Star Reveals Film's Ending Created by 13-Year-Old Cast Member
The late Kevin Clark imagined the film's encore scene
Published Aug 13, 2021If you somehow still haven't seen School of Rock, read no further.
Rivkah Reyes, who played bassist Katie in the 2003 Jack Black comedy, revealed in a TikTok video that the film's bittersweet ending was actually late cast member Kevin Clark's idea.
"The ending wasn't landing," Reyes said. "We tried one version of it where we win [the Battle of the Bands competition]. We tried another version of it where we lose and that's it. It just wasn't hitting. The team was just like, 'What do we do about this ending?' And Kevin is just like, 'It'd be cool if like, we lost and then the audience started cheering, 'School of Rock! School of Rock!' and then they bring us out for an encore."
"So this guy, at 13 years old, wrote the ending of School of Rock," Reyes added.
Clark passed away in late May after being struck by a vehicle while on his bike in Chicago. School of Rock was Clark's final major film role, though he continued working as a musician in the Chicago scene, including with his most recent band, Jess Bess and the Intentions.
Following Clark's passing, Black honoured his late co-star with an Instagram post that read: "Devastating news. Kevin is gone. Way too soon. Beautiful soul. So many great memories. Heartbroken. Sending love to his family and the whole School of Rock community."
Hear Reyes talk about her late pal below.