Jack Nicholson Has Not Retired from Acting Due to Memory Issues
"What if this is as good as it gets?" In the case of Jack Nicholson, his line from James L. Brooks comedic drama As Good As It Gets has been thought to ring true today. According to Radar Online (via Awards Circuit), the actor who delivered memorable performances in films like Batman, The Shining, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Terms of Endearment has retired from acting due to a fading memory. Nicholson's last performance was three years ago in another Brooks film, How Do You Know, with Paul Rudd, Reese Witherspoon and Owen Wilson, though he did appear at the Oscars earlier this year.
Radar quotes their source as saying:
“Jack has — without fanfare — retired. There is a simple reason behind his decision — it’s memory loss. Quite frankly, at 76, Jack has memory issues and can no longer remember the lines being asked of him. His memory isn’t what it used to be.”
However, E! News talked to NBC's Maria Shriver and the entertainment news outlet writes:
"Reports of Nicholson retiring from acting due to memory loss or dementia are 100 percent false, adding that the 'Chinatown' star is not suffering from any memory-related illness or dementia and has no current plans to retire.
In fact, a source close to the movie icon says Nicholson is actively reading scripts and is looking forward to his next project."
But at 76-years old, throwing in the towel on acting wouldn't be such a surprising move. The actor could just want to enjoy his courtside seats at Los Angeles Lakers games and pop up at Hollywood's biggest parties from time to time. Nicholson is currently the most nominated male actor in Academy Awards history, so that's not a bad reputation to go out with. The actor has been nominated for 12 Oscars, including eight for Best Actor and four for Best Supporting Actor. His wins include his leading turns in As Good As It Gets and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and his supporting turn in Terms of Endearment. It wouldn't be a bad time go walk away, but we're glad to hear that Nicholson is still in the mix for more great roles.