Jack Nicholson 'retirement' story puts media in a spin
Has 76-year-old star of 'The Shining' and 'Chinatown' really bowed out of acting due to 'memory loss'?
THE headline 'Jack Nicholson retires from acting' was certain to catch the eye of anyone with an interest in the movies. So, when the entertainment website Radar Online announced yesterday that the 76-year-old Hollywood star of Easy Rider, Chinatown and The Shining had "quietly retired from the movie business", the story spread like wildfire.
The reason Nicholson had thrown in the towel, a source told Radar, was memory loss. "He can no longer remember the lines being asked of him," they said of the man with three Oscars on his mantelpiece.
Given that Nicholson has not made a film since 2010's forgettable romantic comedy How Do You Know, and that he has no upcoming projects listed on the authoritative film industry website IMDB, the world's media took up the theme.
On social media, fans recalled their favourite Nicholson movie and shared their favourite Nicholson dialogue. The Daily Telegraph offered its readers a quiz testing their knowledge of the actor's finest moments.
— Qanta Ahmed (@MissDiagnosis) September 5, 2013
Jack Nicholson is retiring from acting, All good things must come to an end, thank you Jack
— Michael McCarrick (@Mike_McCarrick) September 5, 2013
Not to be outdone, the Daily Mirror compiled a list of Nicholson's 10 Most Unforgettable Lines. If you're wondering what's No. 1, it's "You can't handle the truth!" from 1992's A Few Good Men.
But just as the Farewell Jack juggernaut was gathering speed it suffered a breakdown. Journalist Maria Shriver – the former Mrs Arnold Schwarzenegger - told entertainment website E! that the suggestion Nicholson was retiring was "100 per cent false".
E! also quoted a source close to the actor who said Nicholson is "actively reading scripts" and is looking forward to his next project.
Nicholson's representatives have made no comment so far. Until they do – or Jack signs up to make a new movie –there's still time to enjoy those quizzes and mull over his best lines. ·