Jack Nicholson Not Retired, Wants to Make Films That 'Move People'
by Ethan Anderton
September 17, 2013
A rumor was circulating a couple weeks ago that veteran actor Jack Nicholson was retiring from acting. But that story was quickly debunked by a more reputable source indicating that Nicholson had no intention of retiring and was currently reading some scripts. Now the actor has finally spoken out about the rumor, and explains why he hasn't been popping up on the big screen. The actor opens up about how he doesn't necessarily like the limelight, and how aging has changed him and made him more vulnerable, but more importantly he explains his reservations about the movies he makes, and what the audience wants to see.
"I have a mathematician’s brain… I’m not going to work until the day I die, that’s not why I started this. I mean, I’m not driven. I was driven – but I’m not, I don’t have to be out there any more. In fact, there’s part of me that never really liked being out there… You get older, you change. The movie business is the greatest business but I only want to do films that move people, films about emotions and people. I had the most chilling thought that maybe people in their twenties and thirties don’t actually want to be moved anymore. They may want just to see more bombs, more explosions, because that is what they have grown up with. And I’ll never do that type of movie."
So it sounds like Nicholson just doesn't have the ambition at 76-years old to make movies all the time. His point about what audiences have been responding to as of late is a fair point, but at the same time, just as many action blockbusters have failed as succeeded. Plus, a truly good film with explosions and bombs can still have real emotions and complex characters, it's just much more rare. Nicholson has never been one to star in films like that, though Batman comes pretty damn close. Maybe he just means he won't make those kind of movies anymore. Either way, we're looking forward to what Nicholson chooses as his next job.