Jack Nicholson Still Refusing Movie Offers 13 Years After Last Role, Would Rather ‘Sit Under a Tree and Read a Book’

“Sounds like Jack,” longtime friend Lou Adler says of a film producer’s conversation with the 86-year-old legendary actor

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It’s been 13 years since Jack Nicholson appeared in “How Do You Know,” a dud of a romantic comedy starring Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd and Owen Wilson.

While the supporting role wasn’t the high point of Nicholson’s career — and brought the Hollywood legend to nearly 80 total acting credits — it did little to diminish a legacy that features a formidable if not unmatchable roll call of cinema classics that includes “The Departed” (2006), “The Shining” (1980), “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975) and “Chinatown” (1974), among others.

And though he never announced his retirement, the film by all accounts will be his last. One of those accounts surfaced in the “WTF With Marc Maron” podcast this week, during a wide-ranging interview with famed record producer, Sunset Strip impresario and longtime Nicholson friend Lou Adler.

Maron had nearly wrapped up the hour-plus conversation when he popped an essential question to Adler that led to a quick Nicholson nugget of his own.

“A friend of mine wanted to put him in a movie,” Maron said after asking Adler how Nicholson was doing. “And he had a conversation with him. But Jack says, ‘I don’t want to do it.’ He goes, ‘You know what I did today? I sat under a tree and I read a book.’”

“That sounds like Jack,” Adler replied, laughing with Maron.

Adler said Nicholson was “doing whatever he really wants to do.”

“He wants to be quiet,” Adler said. “He wants to eat what he wants. He wants to live the life he wants.”

Part of that life apparently means less time on the floor of the Crypto.com Arena for Lakers games.

Adler, 89, said he had also dialed back the number of games he attended with Nicholson, 86.

“I still go but I don’t go to as many,” Adler said. “I used to go to every game — Jack and I would be at every game.”

Listen to the full “WTF” episode here.


6 responses to “Jack Nicholson Still Refusing Movie Offers 13 Years After Last Role, Would Rather ‘Sit Under a Tree and Read a Book’”

  1. Sammy Avatar

    The man is 86 years old!
    EIGHTY SIX! Leave him the deck alone already! 

  2. Brent Avatar

    Is in not more amazing that he still gets offered roles at 86, that he is still in demand?
    Jack can do whatever he wants
    He is a legend, an icon and still gets offered movie roles
    That’s the real story

  3. Mary Ann Shires Avatar
    Mary Ann Shires

    How many people in jobs outside of show business would be harassed about not wanting to work at age 86? I turned 68 this week. I have been retired for 12 years. I can’t imagine going back to work, even though my job was not labor-intensive–I had a desk job. Nicholson has been a dancing monkey for us for all of his adult life. He deserves to sit under a tree and read a book if that’s what he wants to do.

  4. Mary Franks Avatar
    Mary Franks

    ❤️ Mr Nicholson, and Im glad if he has retired to enjoy his time doing whatever makes him happy. Most of us never get that chance. I pray his health is good. 

  5. Em Avatar

    He’s 86

  6. John Cummings Avatar
    John Cummings

    So many great movies. Would love to see him one final time, along with Gene Hackman, but it probably won’t ever happen. Luckily we have those films to watch forever and remember.
    One of the greats.

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