Jack Nicholson has not retired from acting, folks.
The reports this morning that one of Hollywood greatest living actors had retired from features was a saddening one. The rumor, which started at gossip side Radar Online, no doubt stemmed from his relative inactivity in the business of late. Despite those reports, Digital Spy has word that an unnamed source tells NBC News that Nicholson is “actively reading scripts and is looking forward to his next project”.
2010’s How Do You Know fizzled in and out of theaters and The Bucket List was a sweet, but unmemorable affair that many forgot the instant it was over.
Nicholson’s last huge role was with the Martin Scorsese 2006 Boston crime drama, The Departed, which went on to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards and gained the then 70 year old actor some revitalized exposure. Nicholson never seemed to jump on his late career successes of As Good As It Gets, About Schmidt and the aforementioned The Departed and instead opted for a much more low-key role in contemporary Hollywood.
Nicholson memorably had a little exchange with fellow Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence earlier in the year that is still one of the best things to have happened in the entertainment industry this year.
One thing can always be counted on: the more Jack Nicholson is on screen, the better the movies will be.”
He can’t return to work any sooner.