Black in a scene from “The Polka King.”
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Jan Lewandowski built a "Polka empire" from his base in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, only to watch it crumble after his arrest on fraud charges. Lewandowski's rise and fall is played for laughs in "The Polka King," premiering Jan. 12 on Netflix. It stars Jack Black as the flamboyant Polish emigre who attracted legions of Polka fans – and fleeced some of them as he tried desperately to keep his business enterprises afloat.Lewandowski and his Polka band were popular on the festival circuit throughout the 1980s and '90s.Critical acclaim came by way of a 1995 Grammy nomination for best Polka album for "Jan Lewan and His Orchestra".Based on a 2009 documentary about Lewandowski, "The Polka King" could boost his profile if not fatten his wallet.
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