Small But Interesting Details About Jack Nicholson Movies That Fans Should Know (But Probably Don't)

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Perhaps one of the greatest actors in the history of Tinseltown, the great Jack Nicholson has spent the better part of seven decades offering one iconic performance after another. Since his early days as a Roger Corman bit player to an Oscar-winning actor of the highest caliber, every part of Jack's career has been watched, studied, and discussed. Here are few interesting facts and small details that fans have shared over the years that most people might not know. Please vote up the most interesting tidbits. 

  • Many Of The 'Patients' In 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' Were Not Actors
    Photo: One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest / Warner Bros

    After deciding to stoot in the Oregon State Hospital, director Milos Foreman decided to keep with the authenticity of the environment, hiring both staff and even using patients as extras in the movie.

    For example, Dean Brooks, the hospital’s director, played Dr. Spivey in the film. It was his idea to use patients as extras in the film. 

    Overall, over 80 patients were used in the production in various roles and tasks, including an arsonist who was used in set design. 

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    Money, Money, Money

    Money, Money, Money
    Photo: Batman / Warner Bros.

    From Redditor u/Exclamation_Marc:

    Jack Nicholson accepted a salary of $6 million for Batman (1989), even though his then average salary was $10 million, with a clause that he would take a percent of earnings and merch on the unproven franchise. He eventually made over $50 million ($110 million+ in today's money).

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    Method Acting

    Method Acting
    Photo: Easy Rider / Columbia

    From Redditor u/IALWAYSPOOP:

    During the filming of Easy Rider, in the scene where Jack Nicholson's character gets high for the first time, they smoked real pot to get the most realistic reaction from Jack Nicholson.

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    He Was Always A Pro And The Best In The Industry

    He Was Always A Pro And The Best In The Industry
    Photo: A Few Good Men / Columbia Pictures

    In an interview with Aaron Sorkin from Entertainment Weekly, the writer/director talked about his experience working with Jack Nicholson on A Few Good Men, particularly his delivery of his iconic line, "You can't handle the truth":

    'We spent the entire day just shooting that speech,' Sorkin said. 'There came a time when he didn’t need to be there anymore because we’re doing coverage of other people. The director Rob Reiner said, ‘Jack you don’t have to keep doing this three-page speech.’ He said, ‘Nah I just love to act,’ and he kept doing it all day and all night. There’s nothing like having your first movie experience be with Jack Nicholson.


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    Jack Chose Prince For The 'Batman' Soundtrack

    Jack Chose Prince For The 'Batman' Soundtrack
    Photo: Batman / Warner Bros.

    Jack Nicholson was a huge fan of the Purple One and suggested Prince for the soundtrack.

    According to Prince, the actor was the inspiration for the song "Partyman." After meeting him on the set, the artist stated in a Rolling Stone interview:

    [Jack Nicholson]  just walked over, sat down and put his foot up on a table, real cool...He had this attitude that reminded me of Morris [Day] — and there was that song.

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    He's Too Good At His Job

    He's Too Good At His Job
    Photo: The Shining / Warner Bros.

    From Redditor u/Honeyboyishere:

    For the scene in which Jack breaks down the bathroom door, the Props Department built a door that could be easily broken. However, Jack Nicholson had worked as a volunteer fire marshall and tore it apart far too easily. The Props department were then forced to build a stronger door.

    From Redditor u/Kunta_Kinte22:

    In the horror classic The Shining, the door Jack Nicholson tears down was originally meant to be a prop door. Nicholson, being a volunteer fire marshal tore it down too fast. As a result, the door in the final film is a real door.

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