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Jack Nicholson


Jack Nicholson meets the press at Roppongi Hills on Wednesday during a news conference to promote "The Bucket List." The 71-year-old star, making his 4th visit to Japan, was last here in 1994. He said he rarely gives TV interviews because "people will know too much about me and that will make my job harder." He also said he didn't like the Japanese title for "The Bucket List" (How to Find the Best Life). "The title has become part of American culture. Even the presidential candidates are using it," Nicholson said. "'Rashomon' has an English usage; it didn't have to be translated, so I'm against changing the title, but, hey, that's not my job." Editor's note: Japan Today will carry a much longer story on Nicholson later this week in the Entertainment/Arts section.

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Jack is looking like a frog lately

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There aint no freak in french fries!

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Jack is the balls

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Yeah, I agree... The Japanese title (最高の人生の見つけ方) is pretty lame considering it doesn't really have much to do specifically with what the film is about.

But then, Japanese titles from English are often off the mark and too obvious or direct, especially if the title was a play on words or had subtle meaning in English. This plays along with how movie critics here on TV like to explain the entire film before it starts, ruining any spontaneous discoveries that a viewer may experience along the way.[Note below] I wonder if title-mangling is done from other languages into Japanese too.

More here... http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_c.php?num_c=329594

Sounds like a pretty good film, though. I look forward to the longer article on Nicholson later this week, too.

NOTE: On a similar note, I was reading about the film "Yasukuni" recently and learned that many Japanese folks who had seen it complained that it "wasn't clear". The contentious topic aside, so many in Japan have been bred on "over-narrated" NHK (in the words of the article I read) documentaries, essentially telling viewers how to watch them and what to get out of them, i.e., not letting viewers think for themselves. So since "Yasukuni" basically has no narrative, or very little, it's natural that many Japanese viewers will feel a bit lost without someone telling them what's going on. A bit of cultural discovery from films...

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I LOVE Jack Nicholson's smile. His smile is so Machiavellian, no one could give an evil, mischievous smile like him!

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Wonder if he had trouble bringing a case of Botox® through customs.

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5 Easy Pieces.

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Jack Nicholson's best performance ever was the scene in the restaurant in 5 Easy Pieces:

Nicholson: I'd like a plain omelette, tomatoes instead of potatoes, a cup of coffee and wheat toast.

Waitress ( pointing to the menu ): No substitutions.

Nicholson: What's the matter, don't you have any tomatoes?

Waitess: Only what's on the menu. You can have a #2 omelette, it comes with fries and rolls.

Nicholson: I know what it comes with, but it's not what I want.

Waitress: Well I'll come back when you make up your mind.

Nicholson: Wait a minute, I have made up my mind. I want a plain omelette, no potatoes on the plate. A cup of coffee and a side order of wheat toast.

Waitress: I'm sorry, we don't have any side orders of toast, you can have an English muffin or a coffee roll.

Nicholson: What do you mean you don't make side orders of toast, you make sandwiches don't you?

Waitress: Do you want to talk to the manager?

Nicholson: You've got bread. And a toaster of some kind?

Waitress: I don't make the rules.

Nicholson: OK, I'll make this as easy for you as I can. I'd like an omelette, plain, and a chicken salad sandwich on wheat toast, no mayonnaise, no butter, no lettuce, and a cup of coffee.

Waitress ( very snooty at this point ): A #2 chicken salad sand. Hold the butter, the lettuce and the mayonnaise. And a cup of coffee. Anything else?

Nicholson: Yeah, now all you have to do is hold the chicken, bring me the toast, give me a check for the chicken salad sandwich, and you haven't broken any rules.

Waitress: You want me to hold the chicken, huh?

Nicholson: I want you to hold it between your knees.

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Making a comment about a guy's looks who is over 70 years old is kind of stupid. How the hell do you want him to look at that age?

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Lips - Hey, was the scene I described in 5 Easy Pieces your favorite too? Nicholson was great, but I think if any other actress had played the waitress, it wouldn't have been as good.

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He was also good as the astronaut in Terms of Endearment:

"A hundred and six astronauts in the whole f...ing world and I'm one of 'em."

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well, if we're listing nicholson faves, i'd have to go with cuckoo's nest.

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sarge, you surprise me! you like Last Detail too? that movie just has me crying tears of laughter everytime I see it

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Jack has always been the Man. He still is at this age. Been great ever since Easy Rider. Sarge- thanks for the reminder..us "oldies" all remember that scene.

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