Tom Cruise is wooing Jack Nicholson for a buddy comedy: will Jack bite?

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There’s some amusing Tom Cruise news this week that I didn’t cover because we don’t have photos of the event in question. A massive, $145 million Scientology “church” opened in Clearwater, Florida. This new center will be dedicated to giving people Scientology Super Powers (for real). Thousands of minions showed up to watch David Miscavige speak, and Tom was heartily applauding in the front row next to John Travolta and Kelly Preston. You can see photos of the ceremony here. CB and I think the pictures were doctored to make it look like there’s more parishioners present than there actually were. As in “clone tool.” LOL.

There’s also a new story about how Tom is trying to court his A Few Good Men co-star, Jack Nicholson, into joining him for a buddy comedy called El Presidente. Tom would play a Secret Service agent, and Jack would be the womanizing, alcoholic ex-President. Hmm:

Tom Cruise is throwing a Hail Mary pass to get the Warner Bros. comedy El Presidente made.

The project has been in development since 2010 and originally had Jay Roach attached to direct. The studio initially hoped that Jack Nicholson would be involved but it never came to pass, and later the project was eyed as a potential Robert Downey Jr. vehicle.

Now The Hollywood Reporter has learned that not only has Doug Liman come aboard to direct the project (he worked with Cruise on Warners’ sci-fi action movie Edge of Tomorrow, which will be released next year), but that he and Cruise have made a last-ditch effort to court Nicholson to play the former president.

Sources say that last week, Cruise and Liman went to Nicholson’s Hollywood Hills home to convince the 76-year-old semi-retired and extremely picky actor to take the role (Nicholson last starred in 2010’s How Do You Know). Cruise told Nicholson, with whom he starred in the 1992 classic A Few Good Men, that he won’t do the movie without him.

It’s too early to say if the sit-down proved effective, but insiders say the end result was that Nicholson agreed to at least read the script, which was written by Jesse Armstrong and Daniel J. Goor and rewritten by Paul Attanasio.

[From Hollywood Reporter]

I think Nicholson might go for this mess. Like it or not, Tom still usually fares well at the box office, and Nicholson had a huge bomb with his last movie (that awful looking How Do You Know). This could work.

This week’s issue of the Enquirer has a story (via Daily Mail) that says Tom desperately wants to get back with Katie Holmes: “There’s no other woman in his life, and he he wants the three of them to be a family again, especially with the holidays around the corner.” Tom’s rep refused to comment on the story, but I think it’s safe to say when a woman feels the need to use burner phones when arranging a divorce, there’s no going back. Poor Tom. He can’t handle the truth.

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  1. Nev says:

    Fantastic work on his face though. Wow.

    • Kiddo says:

      Something’s off with the mouth in that close-up, unless he was just caught in an awkward moment.

    • GeeMoney says:

      Aw man… when I saw Oblivion back in April, I couldn’t believe how good Tom Cruise’s face looked. A few years ago, his face was looking droopy and haggered. I swear, whomever did his surgery did a really good job. He looks fantastic, especially for being 51 years old.

      I read a blind item recently that Jack Nicholson was laid up in the bed at home b/c he had a stroke and didn’t want to leave the house. Perhaps he’s ready to start working again?

  2. lucy2 says:

    There’s no way he wants to get back with her – I think she’s enemy #1 in his mind.

    That crowd photo definitely looks photoshopped. The people in the middle actually look smaller than everyone further away on the outskirts.

    • Mia4S says:

      Actually it’s even funnier; the Tony Ortega website had a photo of a sign for “Extras Parking”. Not extra, extraS. 😉

    • doofus says:

      agree on the ‘shopping…not only do the people look smaller, I’m pretty sure that I can see the same person a couple of times.

      also, and this may be because they’re looking at a screen that’s out of view, but the people in the far (“top”) part of the picture are facing away from Miss Cabbage.

      ETA: also agree about him not wanting to get back with Katie…she made him look like a fool, IMO, and knocked his image even further down.

  3. Kate says:

    Nicholson was only in How Do You Know as a favour to the director, I doubt he was fussed about it’s box office performance.

  4. Frida_K says:

    Jack Nicholson can’t be that stupid, can he?

    Ooh, but Tom Cruise is nothing but a steaming pile these days. Accidentally step your foot in that and your shoe is wrecked.

    Avoid, Jack, avoid it!!

  5. feebee says:

    I hate myself for wanting to see Jack Nicholson as an womanizing, alcoholic former President even if it’s with Tom Cruise and as Bedhead notes a “mess” (probably). I don’t think it’d be a big stretch for Jack. A wee jaunt should he feel like it.

  6. dorothy says:

    I like Jack Nicolson too much for him to star in alongside Tom Cruise.

  7. Mia4S says:

    Oh Jack no, please no. You don’t need the money. I actually thought RDJ was doing this movie with Robert Duvall, but that’s “The Judge” which they have already filmed! Take a hint from the consiliari Jack, hold out for RDJ! (Ten points to all who get the reference 😉 )

  8. TG says:

    Will never watch anything with this lift-wearing manic evil freak again. Sorry Emily Blunt and Rosamund Pike you both are adorable but will not watch a Cruise movie even for you.

  9. Ashling says:

    Sadly, I would totally watch this movie.

  10. Crack Fox says:

    I WILL NOT APOLOGIZE for wanting to see this if it happens.

  11. rkintn says:

    I’m pretty sure I read not too long ago that Jack Nicholson had quietly retired due to some memory issues. Retirement aside, he’d be a fool to star in anything that has Tom Cruise in it these days.

  12. Walice says:

    I don’t travel far to see Adam Sandler, or Tom Cruise, however “Anger Management” was very funny and “A Few Good Men” is a great story from all players, especially JJN.

    Hell Yes, I would go see that.