Jack Nicholson: “I’m not worried about wrinkles, in myself or in women”

Jack Nicholson

Jack Nicholson has an extensive interview in the Sunday Mail, and it’s been enchanting me for some reason. Probably because I recently had a sex dream about Jack, and after reading this interview, I’ve convinced myself that I could be his last great romance. Don’t judge me. Yes, he’s older than my father. I don’t care. I love Jack. Anyway, since Jack rarely gives interviews, this one is a special treat. Jack at the age of 73 is quite interesting – he’s still a hellraiser/hippie, but he’s also quite thoughtful and introspective. Sigh… if he met me, he would want me to be his last great romance, right? The full Sunday Mail piece is here, and here are the highlights:

On picking up women: ‘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.’

On being thought of as an icon: ‘I hate it. I don’t want to be treated like the Medusa or the Lincoln Memorial. People have an idea of me which is not the reality. On set I’m an actor like every other actor. Most times, for every part I play, I can think of other actors who would be better. I worry from the moment I take a job. I worry about how I’m going to do it, if I can do it. I try to work out what I have to do on set and how I do that. I get extremely anxious. I panic. I can’t get it. It happens every time, and I get myself into this state, and then I walk on set and the director says, “Roll”, and all of a sudden all of it disappears and it’s all happening, and I relax and I’m doing what I do and I’m not even thinking about it. And I relax up until the moment they yell “Cut”.’

On taking supporting parts in romantic-comedies: ‘It’s very important. I am from a different era of movie acting. My career doesn’t depend on explosions and pyrotechnics. What I liked about this script is that the same rules apply. It hasn’t got people flying off walls and lots of guns and yelling. It’s a movie that’s based on a good script and good acting, and it’s supposed to move you. It’s the sort of movie I want to be a part of. In these times people need to be able to laugh.’

On plastic surgery: ‘I haven’t had surgery. I don’t want to be judgemental, 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.”’

On knowing how to treat women: ‘I was raised entirely by women. My grandmother ran a beauty parlour and I spent most of my time there. She taught me manners and I learned how to be around women, what women liked. I am insanely well mannered and polite, and because of that I have nothing but gratitude for my upbringing.’

On mortality: ‘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.’

On still smoking pot: ‘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.’

On his more than $100 million worth of art: His home is stuffed with art by Matisse, Warhol, Tamara de Lempicka and Picasso; the collection is estimated to be worth over $100 million. ‘Now I’m at home so much more, there are these moments once in a while when I think, “Jesus, look at all that.” Those pictures actually intimidate a lot of people. I’m totally solid with the “truth is beauty/beauty is truth” idea. But if I’m around it too long I start to feel trapped in this material world. I think I mustn’t get owned by my possessions, I mustn’t fall prey to materialism. Sometimes I think, “Hell, I’m going to burn them all.”’

Not enjoying the night life: ‘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.”’

On relationships: ‘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.’

On his split from Anjelica Houston, and regret: ‘The reality was that I was annihilated emotionally by the separation from Anjelica. That was probably the toughest period of my life.’ 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.’

On lady friends and love: ‘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.’

[From The Daily Mail]

They really did break the mold with Jack, didn’t they? So, what do you think? Do you think he would go for me? I’m more than 40 years younger than him, I have big boobs and I love modern art? I think he’d like me.

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  1. SolitaryAngel says:

    I loved reading his thoughts! He is definitely one of a kind. Here is a man who has lived, loved and lost—and has come out the better for it. I hope that I can reach my later years with the dignity Jack has. :)

  2. serena says:

    He’s great.

  3. spinner says:

    I love Jack. He is a fine actor who has entertained me for years. I love his matter of fact attitude & he seems absolutely ageless to me. Go get him, Kaiser!!!

  4. BamaGuy says:

    I love Jack. He is a great actor, but an even greater person. He clearly is one of the most centered, most happy men in the industry. He enjoys his life. I am so glad we have his entire career of performances to enjoy forever. What a wonderful guy!

  5. mln76 says:

    I love him. And he’s older then my father too but he’s sexy as hell. Jack was never sexy because of looks it’s his voice and confidence he’ll be sexy at 105.

  6. Darlene says:

    That’s an awesome interview! I love him.

  7. malachais says:

    Such an interesting character, I hope to have his wisdom when I’m his age. He’s definitely one-of-a-kind.

  8. tapioca says:

    I love a man who knows want he wants in a partner, and in Jack’s case that’s a p*ssy & a pulse. I have both of these, plus I can cook – pick me!!

  9. MeMyself says:

    Jack is iconic in Hollywood, but yet still the kind of man I would like to know even if he wasn’t a famous actor.

    Would love to come to his for dinner and smoke and shoot the breeze.

    Pick me, pick me, pick me!!

  10. irena NL says:

    the man has great depth…thanks for the excerpts

  11. Disco says:

    I love Jack…and I love that he says wrinkles in women don’t bother him. Of course they don’t…when’s the last time he dated anyone old enough to have wrinkles, LOL???

    And yeah, I could totally be his last great love, too. Sigh…I LOVE Jack

  12. EdithP says:

    Thank you, Disco!! My thoughts exactly — when you date women as young as Jack does, you don’t have to worry about wrinkles. And I think he’s been “fooled” by breast implants many times. : )

    I think he’s kind of cheesy and gross, but he forever gets a pass from me because of his great acting in One Flew the Cookoo’s Nest.

  13. Rita says:

    AAAWWW , yes. The last great romance.

    The muffled clamber of an elegant restaurant goes unnoticed while Jack expounds on Renoir’s blue period as expressed in the original master piece hanging in his den. Your chin is charmingly perched on the back of an open hand with your elbow set gracefully on the elegant table cloth as you slowly turn a glass of Chateu Mounton Rothschild Sauvigion ’72 with your other hand.

    The drive home is an easy quiet of romantic togetherness while you decide that this is As Good As It Gets. At the door, you turn to see the longing of anticipation in Jacks eyes but his eye brows, nose hair, and perspiration persuade you that a short night is better than waking up to seeing Jack coming out of your bathroom at 6:00 AM scratching himself in a pair of speedos after leaving the night’s Ossobuco in a loo with insufficient ventilation.

    Great romance? Yes, but you are not having sex with that man in the bottom picture.

  14. Anna says:

    Wow. Just wow.

  15. Cherry Rose says:

    I love Jack Nicholson. He’s a great actor, and has a great sense of himself and even greater sense of humor.

    Loved him in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Shining, and absolutely loved him as the Joker.

  16. Quest says:

    Gotta love Jack. He is a timeless classic – vintage and defined. What else can be said. Luv em

  17. so says:

    Jack is definitely unique. It’s too bad the old goat didn’t take better care of himself as he aged. At least his brain is still firing on all cylinders. ; )

  18. REALIST says:

    Jack is always Jack-on or off the screen. He was born to be a curmudgeon-well, a sensitve curmudgeon, and now he has reached the age. Definitely growing wiser and more accessible emotionally with age (compare to Warren Beatty!) Love the bit about not wanting to be an icon like the Medusa or the Lincoln Memorial. Interesting mental pictures, both.
    Is Diane Keaton available?

  19. PrettyTarheel says:

    @Rita-That’s exactly the humor I needed this morning! Thanks for the laugh!

  20. Jayna says:

    I’ve always liked him because he’s unapologetic or phony about who he is. I love his honesty about aging and love that he called out the bizarre plastic surgery that is going on in Hollywood. He must look at Lara Flynn Boyle, who was such a beauty when he dated her, and wonder what the h___ll happened to her face.

    I always loved that movie he made with Meryl Streep and the scene of them in bed eating pasta together.

  21. mln76 says:

    @REALIST there was a rumor back when Something’s Gotta Give was released that they were dating. They said they were long-time friends which is true but who knows is there was ever anything more. I wonder what Warren Beatty would say about it?

  22. Allie666 says:

    Great to see an article about Jack…

    It has been too long since we heard from him. I just finished RE-watching “Carnal Knowledge” – what a character this gent is…. Is there anyone who has this much fun (check out the final segment)

    I will adore this guy forever…. More Please

    Cheers A

  23. meilamon says:

    OMG, I have been in love with this man since I was in my teens. I am 31 now, lol. Strange kids maybe, but his raw, oh whatever it is draws me in deep. I will have to fight you for that spot!!!!

  24. Laura says:

    Wow, I have loved Jack for decades! I’m almost 47 now and he still is so very sexy to me. Part looks, part charisma and that voice! I do think he is a fabulous actor and I wish so badly he had someone to grow old with. He’s beautiful. I love you Jack!

  25. Marie says:

    Jack is Jack, he is one of a kind and that’s why we love him. What you see is what you get. Love him.

  26. sassenach says:

    This is an awesome interview! This is EXACTLY what I like about a celebrity. Someone who is interesting and has insightful things to say.

  27. Crash2GO2 says:

    Did not the Polanski incident happen in his house?

  28. EdithP says:

    Really, Crash2? That would certainly color my opinion of him.

  29. hatsumomo says:

    Uh, yeah. Everyone knows that. Just like they know allllll the details of what went down…

  30. Rachel says:

    When my former roommate was in high school she saw him at a Broadway play (in the audience). When some of the students asked for his autograph, he told them he wouldn’t sign authographs before the show because it was bad luck, but he would stick around after the show if they wanted to come back. And he did. He signed autographs for all of them. That story made me really like him whereas before I was kind of apathetic.

  31. Crash2GO2 says:

    “Nicholson was friends with the director long before the death of Polanski’s wife, Sharon Tate, at the hands of the Manson Family, and supported him in the days following the deaths.[12][13] After Tate’s death, Nicholson began sleeping with a hammer under his pillow,[13] and took breaks from work to attend the Manson trial.[14] It was at Nicholson’s home where the statutory rape case for which Polanski was arrested occurred.[15]”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Nicholson

    Make of it what you will. But I have heard less than stellar reports of his behavior back in those days. I don’t know if he is currently a supporter of Polanski or not, but he certainly had a lot of sketchy goings on in his house involving underage women.

  32. coucou says:

    WTF? Can you believe some dumb ass biyatches complained because HE WASN’T TAKING THEM OUT TO DINNER?

    I would love to stay in, have his cook make us dinner and afterwards rub his hairless feet and ankles while listening to him tell his life story…that would be much more interesting than discussing the menu at some freaking high-profile restaurant…

    I can go out to a restaurant any damn time, but to have a moment with Jackie…priceless…

  33. Trillion says:

    That’s the most interesting interview with an actor that I’ve read in a long time. Maybe ever.

  34. tooey says:

    I love that he has a fantastic sense of self; where he is, where he’s been, everything. Love the Jack!!

    @Rita – very funny, but I’m thinking that old man could still charm the panties off most of the ladies here. Just check out that devilish expression in the header photo!

  35. Camille says:

    Go for it Kaiser ;) .

    Really great interview, love him.

    It was interesting reading his thoughts on having a last romance. I mean yeah people say how great it is to be ‘carefree and single’ (although surely not forever if we can help it?), but in our later years (or even earlier than that if possible..) who really wants to be alone at the end of ones life? Friends can’t always fulfil all of a persons needs/wants. And I’m not talking a marriage and kids necessarily, although if that works out for us, then that can be awesome too :D .

    I hope Jack finds someone to live out the rest of his life with. All the best Jack :D .

  36. LindaR says:

    Huh. So no mention about being a Dad or what that’s been like for him. Guess it wasn’t important enough to mention.

  37. Trillion says:

    Maybe he wasn’t asked. Or maybe it appears in the full length interview.

  38. the original bellaluna says:

    J’adore! I would still, totally, hit it like a house on fire! Jack has that je ne sais quoi that just makes him so totally magnetic, so sexy, so…MMM! I don’t care that he’s older than my father; I don’t care that he’s been around the block; I care that he is enigmatic, sexy, and (above all) honest!

    *raises hand* PICK ME, PICK ME!

  39. Amanda says:

    I think it’s great that Jack is putting his true feelings out there like that. There are tons of girls, I’m sure, that would give him a chance. Heck, I’m 22 and would totally go out with Jack.

  40. Missy says:

    @ Crash, thanks for bringing up the sketchy details of his past. Just ’cause he’s old and an acting legend does not make him a wonderful person.

    There was article I read about him and Polanski which went into details about Nicholson’s less than admirable behaivour in those days.

    Wish I could find the link, believe me many of you would stop gushing over this disgusting perv and begging him to “pick you” after reading it.

  41. Jacqueline says:

    Im 22 and I would take Jack any day.

  42. The Truth Fairy says:

    It will be me, his one last great love.

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