Jack Nicholson is a celebrated American filmmaker and a prominent Hollywood actor who has given a number of iconic performances during his career spanning around six decades. Nicholson started his career as a stage artist and then tried his hands at screenplay writing. ‘The Trip’ was the movie that he first wrote. He later directed his debut movie, ‘Drive, He Said’. Nicholson got a break in his career with the movie, ‘Easy Rider’ and earned him, his first ever Oscar nomination. It was during 1980s when he gave some mind blowing performances. ‘The String’, ‘The Witches of Eastwick’, ‘Batman’ and ‘A Few Good Men’ are a few of his career-defining roles that he had performed during this period. Nicholson has acted in more than sixty movies, has been a part of approximately ten television shows and won three ‘Academy Award’. Here is a collection of some wit and wisdom shared by the distinguished actor in his own words. Read through the quotes and thoughts by Jack Nicholson that in a way pay tribute to the legacy of the humble, humorous and multi-faceted actor.
There's a period just before you start a movie when you start thinking, I don't know what in the world I'm going to do. It's free-floating anxiety. In my case, though, this is over by lunch the first day of shooting.
When I am cast in a movie where I feel that the woman's part is more interesting, I usually start thinking about Spencer Tracy and Fred Astaire. They seem to be the most clear actors when working with women.
I worry from the moment I take a job. I worry about how I'm going to do it, if I can do it... 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.
I think that's what distinguishes Schmidt, really. In the movies now, so much of what is appealing to an audience is the dramatic or has to do with science fiction, and Schmidt is simply human. There's no melodrama; there's no device, It's just about a human being.
When I come up against a director who has a concept that I don't agree with, or maybe I just haven't thought of it or whatever, I'd be more prone to go with them than my own because I want to be out of control as an actor, I want them to have the control, otherwise it's going to become predictably my work, and that's not fun.