- Jack Nicholson is a Hollywood legend
- Many suspect he is unofficially retired
- THIS is what we know today
Jack Nicholson is 84 years old. He is a legendary actor who has given us chills and thrills on the big screen for decades, but it seems he's swapped the chaotic call times for calm afternoons with a good read! That's right, folks, the star of classics like 'The Shining' and 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' is living the dream under leafy canopies, and who can blame him?
Is he out of the game?
The grapevine has been buzzing with whispers of Jack's unofficial retirement, and the latest scoop comes straight from the horse's mouth, or rather, the mouth of his buddy, Lou Adler, on the 'WTF With Marc Maron' podcast. "I sat under a tree and I read a book," Jack reportedly said, turning down a movie role. Now that's what we call a plot twist!
While Jack hasn't graced the silver screen since the 2010 rom-com 'How Do You Know,' it's clear he's content. Lou Adler spills the beans, saying Jack's all about that quiet life, munching on what he fancies and living on his own terms. Talk about life goals!
And though he never announced his retirement, the film by all accounts will be his last. Maron had nearly wrapped up the hour-plus conversation when he popped an essential question to Adler that led to a quick Nicholson nugget of his own.
"A friend of mine wanted to put him in a movie," Maron said after asking Adler how Nicholson was doing. "And he had a conversation with him. But Jack says, ‘I don’t want to do it.’ He goes, ‘You know what I did today? I sat under a tree and I read a book.’"
"That sounds like Jack," Adler replied, laughing with Maron. Adler said Nicholson was doing whatever he really wants to do. And Nicholson has always been the type to go his own way. If he is retired, he likely would never make it official.
The Door's Still Ajar!
But hold your horses! Our man Jack hasn't completely shut the door on Hollywood. He hasn't been on screen for over a decade but director James L. Brooks wants to change that.
Speaking with 'People' magazine, Brooks, who directed Nicholson in 1983’s 'Terms of Endearment', 1987’s 'Broadcast News', 1998’s 'As Good as It Gets' and 2010’s 'How Do You Know', says he’s hoping he can get Nicholson on screen again.
"I keep on thinking he's going to get itchy and scratch it," says Brooks, who keeps in touch with the 86-year-old three-time Oscar winner. "My theory is it’s not his last movie."
Asked if Nicholson has expressed interest in acting again, Brooks says, "That’s what I’m hoping for. He’s the man." Nicholson, adds Brooks, is doing "good."
The two became close when Brooks made his directorial debut on 'Terms of Endearment', which turns 40 this month. That movie "began my relationship with Jack, who's one of the great people I've met in my life," says Brooks. And the film is just one in a catalogue of impressive achievement in film.
Maybe Jack will be back, after all! He's still up for a chinwag about potential projects, so who knows? Maybe one day, he'll leap off his comfy garden bench and back into the director's chair. Until then, let's give a standing ovation to Jack's legendary career and his well-deserved me-time!