By John Parker - Brilliant !
There aren't too many people who can say that they 'can't stand' Jack Nicholson. I can only imagine they would be saying it because the man is so loved. They're saying it to be difficult. They're saying it because they're jealous. They will clearly have a problem with the man's coolness. They'll have a problem with the confident slow drawl he has when he talks. They'll have a problem with his hysterical, evil, mischievous smile. They'll have a problem with the fact that he goes out with supermodels half his age. But most of all, they'll probably be pissed off because he wears his sunglasses all the time - indoors, outdoors, day and night (except, ironically, on the cover of his biography!). Don't be angry with Jack for wearing shades the whole time, he has his reasons.
A friend of mine, Graham John Murray, told me a first hand story about Jack Nicholson from a friend of his in London. Precise details aside, the friend was working in a bar and Jack Nicholson was having a drink at the other end of the room. The barman found a moment to approach Jack and introduced himself, explaining that he was a big fan. Jack obligingly smiled and shook his hand.
Before leaving the cheshire cat's table, the barman said to him, "Excuse me Mr Nicholson, I don't mean to be rude, but I simply have to ask.....why do you always have your sunglasses on"?
To which Jack Nicholson replied (in a near identical tone to his "Here's Johnny" line from the movie 'The Shining'), he loudly replied:
"BECAUSE I'M A MOVIE STAR!"
Absolutely fucking hilarious! Stories like that were enough for me to buy the release of his biography entitled 'Wild'. If you're into biographies at all or if you're even remotely intrigued by Jack Nicholson, do yourself a favour and get this book.
In the first six pages I learnt that he was raised thinking his mother was his sister and his grandmother was his mother. He only found out when he was 32! That's pretty radical!
Having never met or known his father, Nicholson got a call in the mid 90's from a guy who claimed that he shagged Nicholson's mother about nine months before Nicholson was born (on the side of the road, no less) and that he was therefore his father. Jack thanked him for the call and informed the guy that it was too late for him to form any bond or friendship and he wouldn't be taking the relationship any further. Before ending the call and continuing with their separate lives, Nicholson felt it necessary to check that his father was alright - in that he could help him out should he "need anything" (assuming financial aid was probably the reason for the call), to which the father replied....... wait for it:
"No, I'm your father, you call me if you need anything"
Whaaaah! How hysterical is that! The guy must have been his father to come up with a pearler like that!
Anyway, that's enough. I've made it easy for you and put links below to buy the book in South Africa, the UK and USA. Enjoy.