Jack Nicholson Not Retiring After All — He’s Just “Not Driven” to Make Movies
Is Jack Nicholson, 76, taking on retirement? A report surfaced in early September claiming as much, citing issues with memory loss as the reasoning behind the move. Counter reports joined the conversation shortly after, though official word from Nicholson or his representation was hard to come by. So what does the actor himself have to say on all this?
“I have a mathematician’s brain,” he told Britain’s The Sun (via The Sydney Morning Herald). “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.”
So, no, he is not retiring … he just has no drive to act, which doesn’t seem like a denial really. He does clarify that this loss of his acting libido, if you will, is a result of what Hollywood decides to produce. He’s just more picky now:
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 20s and 30s 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.
Nicholson’s last movie was 2010′s ‘How Do You Know’ with Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd. Prior to that, he was seen in ‘The Bucket List,’ ‘The Departed’ and ‘Something’s Gotta Give.’ He was recently offered a leading role in ‘Nebraska’ but turned it down.
He’s even scaled back on flirting with the ladies. “A lot of me being an actor was about that, and about me,” he said. “There were points in my life when I felt oddly irresistible to women. I’m not in that state now, which makes me sad.”