Ah, you got to love Jack Nicholson. Well, you don’t have to. But then I don’t really want to talk to you, go away. Ok, did they go? Perfect, let's go on. To tell you the truth I was waiting for them to go away, they have been following me for three articles already, but I knew something was wrong with them from the start.
Jack Nicholson is an amazing actor with a wide range of skills and characters, but he really shines only when the director finally says "ok, and now do the jack Nicholson". His Jack Nicholsoness is what makes him such a huge star in the bleak skies of the film world. it's the look in the eye, the smile, the tone.
Because you know, down deep in my heart, when all is said and done, I still live under the illusion that basically people think of me as an up-and-coming young actor."
How can you not love jack Nicholson? He is the ultimate bad boy, the charming devilish manifestation of naughty behavior, of selfish altruistic personality, of the humor in everything that is just a little bit crooked, just enough to make it memorable.
With my sunglasses on, I'm Jack Nicholson. Without them, I'm fat and 60."
One of my favorite Nicholson movies is "as good as it gets" and what is most admirable in it is the fact Nicholson plays someone who tries to be normal. Now that is something that requires real talent. I mean, it wouldn’t be a stretch for someone like Kevin Costner for example, but when your starting point is jack Nicholson? That's a very long road to normal. Can you imagine going to the bank and the teller is jack Nicholson? (ahm, now that I think about it…could be fun…not sure how effective, but fun)
I am not a big fan of the shinning. Here, I said it. All the Kubrick fans can spit on the floor and curse my stupidity. It is a good movie, but Nicholson is not funny enough. I know, I know, he does have his moments and it is indeed hard to be funny when you are breaking the door with an axe trying to kill your wife, but still. It's jack Nicholson.
People who speak in metaphors should shampoo my crotch."
When Nicholson is funny, he is funny. Real funny. And that is what I love about him, the charming entertaing part of his mental illness called jack Nicholson. He cracks me up. the witches of eastwick, as good as it gets, even anger management. And I think he was hilarious in one flew over the coo-coo's nest, but maybe that's just me.
One of the things I really admire about Nicholson is the eyebrow acrobatics. They are like a Romanian gymnastic , flexible and encompassing the whole range of emotions a face has in a couple of short hairs. Try following his eyebrows, those devilishly triangular eyebrows through a monologue and you will see what I mean. It is like he has two completely separate furry supporting actors above his eyes. When you think about it , that is just cheating. He comes as a team, not as a normal actor. Ahm. So that is his secret…
Nicholson is one of the legends of modern cinema. And for a good reason. And that is why I will always run to see any movie he makes. It might be the most stupid romantic comedy he will be doing between the bucketlists, it might be the shittiest Hollywood formule' movie, but I know that when he comes up on screen? He will be jack Nicholson, with those eyebrows. And that is all I need.