Jack Nicholson who the “Jack the Lad” phase had to be based on, has never found it difficult with women. But feels as though he has lost his touch and wants to find love.
Source: Daily Telegraph
THE 73-year-old Oscar-winning actor Jack Nicholson talks about everything from mortality to drugs to heartbreak.
“I would love that one last romance. But I’m not very realistic about that happening,” Nicholson told The Mail on Sunday.
Nicholson, in the middle of his 12th cigarette of the day, says in that mesmerising, molasses-mixed-with-gravel drawl: “It’s a hard-wired thing in me. I’m not good with being told. I just immediately start resisting the situation … I overreact to having my attention directed.
“I’m definitely still wild at heart. But I’ve struck bio-gravity. I can’t hit on women in public any more. I didn’t decide this; it just doesn’t feel right at my age.”
He pauses to get straight to the heart of his own theory of life.
“If men are honest, everything they do and everywhere they go is for a chance to see women. There were points in my life where I felt oddly irresistible to women. I’m not in that state now and that makes me sad.
“But I also believe that a lot of the improvements in my character have come through ageing and the diminishing of powers. It’s all a balancing act; you just have to get used to the ride.”
Nicholson, whose longest relationship was for 16 years with actress Anjelica Huston, is in a new movie, the romantic comedyHow Do You Know, alongside Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon and Paul Rudd as a rich, selfish tycoon who sets his son up to go to jail for a crime that he himself committed.
Nicholson – whose lovers have included actresses and models such as Michelle Phillips, Bebe Buell, Lara Flynn Boyle, Anjelica Huston and Rebecca Broussard – was once described by the actor Peter Finch as a “very social loner”. It’s a surprising description for a man who has reportedly slept with 2,000 women (“Hell, I don’t count”), yet it’s one he has come to agree with.
“My life has changed. I don’t enjoy the things I used to so much. I don’t go out to nightclubs, I don’t like clubs any more. I don’t go out raging, looking out for women; now it’s just a game that isn’t worth the candle.
“The last three times I’ve been in New York filming, I didn’t leave my hotel room for one single night. People won’t believe that, but it’s true. But you adjust your life to your circumstances, and I can spend a lot of time on my own. I think of myself as social, but my friends are always telling me, ‘Jack, you need to get out more.”’
There is nothing in his life he regrets, but one thing he yearns for. A lasting relationship with a woman.
“I’ve had everything a man could ask for, but I don’t know if anyone could say I’m successful with affairs of the heart. I don’t know why. I would love that one last real romance. But I’m not very realistic about it happening. What I can’t deny is my yearning.
“I’ve been in love in my life, but it always starts with obsession that lasts exactly 18 months and then it changes. If I’d known and been prepared for that, I may have been able to orchestrate the whole relationship thing better.
“But when I’m with someone I’ve often defied every one of my conventions. I’ve been so struck I’ve said, ‘Come on, let’s go, let’s get married.’ But no woman has ever recognised what I say as being legitimate. They think of my reputation, Jack the Jumper. I’m damned by what people think. Now I think I have a gap I won’t ever cross.”
He has five children; Jennifer, 47, from his only marriage, to actress Sandra Knight; Caleb, 40, whose mother is actress Susan Anspach; Honey, 29, the daughter of model Winnie Hollman; and Lorraine, 20, and Ray, 18, from a relationship with actress Rebecca Broussard, which ended his 16-year romance with Anjelica Huston. Nicholson says his heart was broken by Huston, despite the fact that he cheated on her (when he told her Broussard was pregnant she beat him up).
“The reality was that I was annihilated emotionally by the separation from Anjelica. That was probably the toughest period of my life,” Nicholson admits.
Asked if he wishes he could turn back time, he shakes his head.
“I may have made a mistake, but I don’t want to go back and correct it. I would rather deal with it.
“I would never complain about my life, even though I really would like to have a mate. It’s not like I’m starved for company – I have a few very good lady friends – but there’s only a certain amount of times a woman wants to see you and never go out for dinner. I got tired of arguing with women about going to have dinners, so I hired somebody to cook. The food is better at my house.”
As he talks, the actor begins to relax. Initially he resists talking about Jack Nicholson, the legendary womaniser, drinker, drug-taker and party animal, batting off questions with responses like, “It’s a conceptual point of view, not always the reality”.
The day he flew into New York from his LA home, he headed straight to a private party to meet up with his old friend Keith Richards, legendary guitarist with the Rolling Stones.
I remind him of pop singer Robin Williams’s joke that Nicholson is the only man in the world to whom Richards would say, “I have to go home now, Jack.”
“It’s funny, because he’d already left the party before I arrived … But contrary to opinion, however sated I got, I always looked after myself. I’ve woken up in trees, I’ve woken up almost hanging off cliffs, but I’ve always known how to sort myself out.
“Keith would stay up seven nights in a row. I stayed up late, but I slept in late, too. I always believed in taking care of myself. There was always a discipline within my partying structure. I’ve never kept a camera waiting, and in all my career I only missed one day of work, on The Shining. I put my back out.
“At the time I thought it was down to a scene where I had to throw this ball. In fact, the reason was that the movie was filmed in London. I loved British actors, and the fact there were these wild guys over there, and I wanted to show them what Jack the Waggle could do.
“I wanted to work like a beast and then go out and be all over London like a fire, the wildest of the lot. I rented a house next to the Thames that had a big high wall, and I’d come home most nights without my keys and I’d climb this wall. The first time I had no memory, and the next day at work I did in my back after this ball scene.
“A few nights later I was out again, climbing the wall, and when I landed I knew exactly how I did my back in – it was no ball.”
Nicholson’s face doesn’t betray his past like Richards’s does. Yes, he has a hedonist’s paunch and greying hair, but he has few lines and could easily pass for a man 15 years his junior.
“I haven’t had surgery. I don’t want to be judgmental, but some of the things you see these days in Hollywood are a bit horrifying. I mean, I don’t know what’s going on here, but I don’t want to scare people.
“I’ve never been comfortable about surgery. I was on the receiving end of one of the very first chest augmentations. When I touched what felt like polythene, that was it. The fuse went out. Maybe it’s childish, but I couldn’t cope with it.
“I mean, if someone can fool me with a new chest or lips, then I’m happy to be fooled. But I have to admit I have a prejudice against it. I’m not worried about wrinkles, in myself or in women. I find them interesting. I can’t see so well, so sometimes I look in the mirror and I see how I was as a young man. But a few years back I noticed I don’t have any hair below my sock line, and I thought to myself, ‘Jackie, that’s an old man.’
“One of the toughest parts of ageing is losing your friends. At first it starts quietly, then pretty soon it’s every month, and you can’t help but think, ‘When is that bell going to go off for me?’ And on top of that you feel this constant loss. At this time of life, you feel just a sword’s point from death. It’s frightening – who wants to face God and the clear white light? I know I definitely don’t. Yet.”
These days the hard drugs are gone, but he continues to smoke cannabis.
“I don’t tend to say this publicly, but we can see it’s a curative thing. The narcotics industry is also enormous. It funds terrorism and – this is a huge problem in America – fuels the foreign gangs. More than 85 per cent of men incarcerated in America are on drug-related offences. It costs $40,000 a year for every prisoner. If they were really serious about the economy there would be a sensible discussion about legalisation.”
Reports around the web today are stating that Orlando Bloom is set to return as Legolas the role which really got him noticed in The Hobbit. After the announcement of Cate Blanchett returning as Galadriel yesterday. Three more actors are in talks at reprising roles, Ian McKellen as Gandalf, Hugo Weaving as Elrond and Andy Serkis as Smeagol/Gollum.
Let’s face it though they have to get the original Lord of the Rings cast members back to reprise their roles it would not be the same if someone else had to take them on. I guess this is another reason why Peter Jackson just had to do The Hobbit too. Surely he would have no problem convincing the actors to come back again.
Filming is still scheduled to start in February 2011. So lets hope the next couple of weeks or even days brings us news of more of the LOTR cast members coming back to make appearances in The Hobbit.
Michael Douglas looks as though he has succeeded in his battle with cancer looking much healthier and more like his old self in a family photo taken in Disney World over the past few days. Last week saw Michael and Catherine celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary, thus proving a lot of people wrong about their marriage.
Great to see Michael smiling and looking healthy again lets hope his cancer battle is over now! Or at very least he is past the worst of it.
Statements and reports have been made over the past few days about Oscar winner (and one of my favourite actors) Michael Douglas, that he is battling against throat cancer and due to under take radiotherapy over the next couple of months. My thoughts go out to Michael, wife Catherine Zeta Jones and the rest of his family and wishing him a speedy recovery. Very good to see that he seems to be positive about beating it! Good luck Michael.
The latest news I have read around the web is that Daniel Craig is desperate for a Bond return (I share those feelings, I want Daniel back as Bond!). A few weeks or months ago Bond 23 was suspended indefinitely due to the crisis at MGM. Daniel Craig has come out saying he wants to return as the 007 agent in another installment of Bond, which would most probably be his last.
I am sure a lot of people really want to see Daniel return as Bond, who agrees with me?
Oscar winner Julia Roberts and queen of the rom-com genre throughout the 90′s has said that she now feels too old to be in romantic comedies. I hope this is mainly because the scripts she has been given for rom-com’s aren’t fitting for her and she won’t completely rule out a return to the genre she really owned for a decade! If we look at Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep in Nancy Meyers films they are great roles for the older woman, and Jules isn’t that old yet.
So we will have to watch this space!
Following on from the post Total Film made back in January. They have followed it up with ANOTHER 600 movie blogs you might have missed. And yes Let’s Go To The Movies features again . . . on page 4: http://www.totalfilm.com/features/another-600-movie-blogs-you-might-have-missed/page:4
Thank you Total Film!
I look forward to having a good look through the list later tonight and hope that it brings more people across my blog!
Oscar-winning couple of actress Kate Winslet and director Sam Mendes have today announced that they are splitting up and planning on getting a divorce. I was rather shocked by this but thinking back to the Oscars Sam was not with Kate. Are they another couple to fall to the 7 year itch?
I am a big fan of Kate and thought it looked like her and Sam were together for the long haul, the way they spoke about each other when they worked together on Revolutionary Road. They always appeared strong as a couple. But I guess we never know what goes on behind closed doors.
More info TIMES
I wouldn’t usually make blog posts like this one but I am such a fan of Kate and wondering what others thought of this sad news?
I decided to have a search and see if Let’s Go To The Movies made it onto the list and we most certainly did on the second page: http://www.totalfilm.com/features/600-movie-blogs-you-might-have-missed/page:2. Thanks Total Film!!!
This actually made me very happy especially seeing my blog next to a lot of the blogs I enjoy to read. Also I see this as a chance to have a scroll through some of the 600 listed to see if I can find more blogs I would like to visit more often.
This has been a nice week really, on that 600 list, hitting 100,000 hits and almost a year old for the blog. Good times!
Just when I thought it was impossible to love Catherine Zeta Jones more than I do . . . I read this new article entitled “I Love Older Men”, something that I share with CZJ. Always loved Catherine and Michael together.
Catherine Zeta-Jones has reportedly claimed that she is not attracted to younger men.
The Rebound star, who has been married to actor Michael Douglas, 25 years her senior, since 2000, has insisted that she finds younger men to be “selfish” and “narcissistic”, Perez Hilton reports.
The 40-year-old actress said: “I know that young men are more unbiased, playful and firmer. There’s no question about that. But they are also more selfish and narcissistic. This is why they never had a chance to go out with me.
“I need a man who is sensitive and caring. Someone who is superior to me and I can lean on. But that doesn’t mean that I fancy old and fat men.”
Zeta-Jones also said that she and her 65-year-old husband have never had an issue with the age gap in their relationship.
She added: “He knows exactly what he wants and what life is about. That impresses me. But Michael can also be a real softy. He sends me flowers and cries when his kids say something particularly pathetic.
“We didn’t care about the age gap from the beginning on. We relied more on our emotions and feelings. It was like that and it should always be like that.”
What do you think about age gaps?
Breaking Dawn the fourth and final book of the Twilight saga has been given the green light and will begin filming in Septemeber 2010.
A director for the film has not yet been attached to the project.
Rumours have stated that it might be done in two parts, but this is yet to be confirmed.
At least everyone now knows that the franchise will be completed.
I think its nice to see that a role in a movie can help an actor in their personal life sort things out. Especially after her role in “The Wrestler”.
Evan Rachel Wood has credited her portrayal as Mickey Rourke’s daughter in The Wrestler with helping to resolve estrangement issues with her own dad.
The actress admits the role made her face her own family problems and now she and her father have never been closer – in fact they’re planning to star opposite one another in a family production of Romeo & Juliet in North Carolina.
Wood insists such a project would never have been possible before she played Rourke’s estranged daughter in The Wrestler.
She tells i-d magazine, “All these issues came up that I didn’t know I still had until I was forced to go there and it totally reconnected me with him (father).
“Everything that’s been pent-up over the years suddenly comes out, then you don’t talk for a while, and then you slowly reconcile.
“There wasn’t any closeness. We had to get to know each other again. Getting to know him now, it’s like, ‘Oh my God, you are so cool.’”
Taken aside from films, this is a very sad day for football. For Newcastle United, and fans of football around the Country and across the world.
He was a true gentleman of the game and just a joy to listen to and watch.
I was there the day he became Newcastle manager and it was so an occasion. I started going to games in his era and it was fantastic.
I really do think this is fantastic news. I am such a huge fan of Bridget Jones, I would love it if that means a third book will come out as well. As the books are so good too.
Bridget Jones is back – Renee Zellweger has signed on to appear in a third film about the hapless diary-keeper.
The first film in 2001 grossed $282 million (£188 million) worldwide, while the 2004 sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, raked in $262 million (£175 million).
And bosses at British studio Working Title have decided it is time for Zellweger to return to the role of the beloved Brit to round out the trilogy.
It is thought the new film will concentrate on Jones’ quest to have a baby in her 40s.
Colin Firth and Hugh Grant are expected to return, according to reports.
Awww I think thats so nice that Chris is doing it Yes I love SATC cast in what ever they do.
Sex And The City star Chris Noth is paying tribute to his late father – he has agreed to promote life insurance awareness in the U.S.
Noth was nine years old when his dad Charles, an insurance salesman, lost his life in a car crash, leaving his mother Jeanne to support the family and put Noth and his brothers through college on her husband’s policy.
Now the star has agreed to become the spokesperson for Life Insurance Awareness Month in September to encourage Americans to take care of their loved ones by investing in insurance policies.
He says, “I know from personal experience that life insurance can be the bedrock of a family’s financial security.”
Hmmm I think Justin would be very good in “Guys and Dolls” as we know he can sing. I am still rather shocked by Jason Statham as I really do not think that he will be able to sing.
Guy Ritchie has reportedly lined up Justin Timberlake to star in a remake of Guys And Dolls.
The director is said to have roped in movie hardman Jason Statham to show off his vocal talents in a reworking of the classic musical.
And now he’s asked Timberlake, who starred in 2006 crime movie Alpha Dog, to also appear in the new project, according to Britain’s The Sun newspaper.
A source tells the publication, “Work is really taking off for Guy at the moment and he is lining up talent for projects in the pipeline. Guy and Justin have known each other for a while through Guy’s ex-wife Madonna.
“Guy rates Justin as an actor. He thought he was impressive in Alpha Dog. He likes his personality. Justin would be ideal for Guys And Dolls because he can act, dance and sing.
“He would be a great box office draw into the bargain, as well as a safe bet to sell the soundtrack.”
Can I just say WOW if Billy does join the Harry Potter cast and that will be the only time I actually really want to see a Harry Potter movie.
Actor Bill Nighy is trading in his pirate’s hat for a magician’s wand – he’s reportedly set to join the cast of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows.
The Brit starred as Davy Jones alongside Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley in Pirates of the Caribbean franchise’s second and third installments.
But he’s now being linked to the role of Minister of Magic Rufus Scrimgeour for the last movies in the boy wizard series, according to British newspaper The Independent.
If the reports are true, Nighy won’t need to spend too much time in the make-up chair as he already shares some of the character’s features. Scrimgeour is described in the book the film is based on as an “old lion” with bushy eyebrows, tawny hair, yellow eyes and wire-rimmed spectacles.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will hit cinemas in two parts, with the first half of the story due in 2010.
I think this is very interesting to see who will be able to vote for future Academy Award winners.
Heath Ledger’s ex-girlfriend Michelle Williams, Casey Affleck and Emily Blunt are among the 134 stars and moviemakers who have been invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – the organisation behind the Oscars.
The celebrities, executives and behind-the-scenes experts invited to become a part of the Academy Awards will be able to vote for the winners of the 2010 prizegiving in March.
Academy President Sid Ganis says, “These filmmakers have, over the course of their careers, captured the imagination of audiences around the world. It’s this kind of talent and creativity that make up the Academy, and I welcome each of them to our ranks.”
New members will be welcomed into the Academy at an invitation-only reception at the Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study in Beverly Hills in September.
Other invitees include Michael Cera, 2009 Oscar nominees Taraji P. Henson and Viola Davis, James Franco, Anne Hathaway and 2009 Oscars host Hugh Jackman.
As you may know by now that I love SJP and SATC especially her character Carrie Bradshaw. So to read this news is just so cute !!!
Sarah Jessica Parker hid her shyness from Sex And The City bosses – because she thought it would cost her the role of Carrie Bradshaw.
The actress rose to fame as cocktail-drinking party girl and New York newspaper columnist Bradshaw in the hit U.S. series.
She felt uncomfortable swearing in the role and was left shocked with the amount of explicit content included in the show.
But she refused to let television bosses know she was so clean-cut, fearing they would think she was the wrong person for the part.
She says, “If the audiences had known my true feelings about some of the sexual content in Sex And The City, they may have felt I wasn’t the right person to be in such a series. I just don’t drink, that’s part of the problem. I don’t like the taste of it and I don’t drink to relax.
“It has always been that way. I’ve never smoked anything other than the occasional cigarette in my whole life – and have never taken drugs of any kind.”
And Parker, who had a no-nudity clause written into her contract for the show, also had to adjust to the amount of sex scenes in each episode.
She adds, “I was thrilled that the others did the scenes so well and they looked great. But I have to deal with my own modesty. I wasn’t comfortable with the vulgar language, either. I thought that, because Carrie was a writer, she would be able to use better language than she did.”
I like the sound of this, but I asuming with the age gap between Miley and Hugh they will not have the romantic connection which was in “The Bodyguard”.
Hugh Jackman and Miley Cyrus are set to team up for a new movie based loosely on hit film The Bodyguard.
The Aussie star will play a New York police detective hired to bodyguard a spoiled teen heiress (Cyrus) after she receives a kidnap threat, according to Daily Variety.
The new film is tentatively titled Personal Security.
While a lot of the talk is about the sudden passing of Michael Jackson. I must also pay tribute to the music legend, who really did change the face of music over the years. With such massive hits and he still holds the biggest record sales in the world of his album “Thriller”.
So many of his songs have featured in movies and so many mentionings of him in movies which I am sure will continue and keep his memory alive.
My favorite Michael Jackson songs have to be “Man in the Mirror” and “Billie Jean”.
RIP Michael Jackson
Mmmm Zac in a sexy thriller . . . I very much like the sound of that !!!!
Zac Efron is keen to leave his teen idol image behind – he has signed on to star in a “sexy thriller” from the writer of The Thomas Crown Affair.
Efron, who has built up a huge teenage fanbase after starring in Disney hit High School Musical, is looking to move into a lead role with a more mature edge.
And he is starting his transformation into a serious Hollywood actor by appearing in the next film by writer/producer Leslie Dixon.
But the star won’t feel too out of place in Dixon’s movie – the pair worked together on Hairspray, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
OMG yes please, Michelle was just fantastic as Catwoman in “Batman Returns” so to see her again as Catwoman in a Batman movie would just be amazing !!!
Michelle Pfeiffer is calling on Batman Begins director Christopher Nolan to let her reprise her role as Catwoman in the Caped Crusader’s next movie outing.
Pfeiffer played the feline superhero in 1992 movie Batman Returns.
She handed the role over to Halle Berry in time for a 2004 spin-off – but admits she’d love to reclaim the leather catsuit and join Christian Bale’s Batman in a future film.
Pfeiffer tells Moviefone, “It would be really fun. I don’t think that’s going to happen. I think they like to get a new face for the different characters, and I understand it. But yeah, that was really fun. I had a good time.”
So far that makes two of my favorites getting a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Those two being Bryan Adams and Colin Firth.
Andrea Bocelli and actors Russell Crowe, Colin Firth and John Cusack have been added to the list of celebrities set for stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010 – the 50th year of the famous stretch of Tinseltown real estate.
They will be joined by director James Cameron, actress Emma Thompson, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and previously announced honourees Bryan Adams, Ringo Starr, Chaka Khan, Roy Orbison and Zz Top.
Starr’s honour will come almost a year after his late former bandmate George Harrison’s star was unveiled. Both plaques and the Beatles’ star will sit outside Hollywood’s Capitol Records building – the Fab Four’s former U.S. home.