It certainly is not official but, according to sources, 76 year-old Jack Nicholson is apparently going to retire from acting because he cannot remember his lines. The three-time Academy Award winner has backed off from the business of acting. Sources close to the legendary actor say it is because he is suffering memory loss. But if you look at Twitter, it does not appear to be true.
The RadarOnline source has said that Jack has no further plans to work in film. But while he may have problems with his memory, it has not been announced whether he has been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s. In fact there is no evidence that he has any type of disease that could be responsible for his poor memory.
The last film Nicholson worked on was the 2010 film How Do You Know that co-starred Paul Rudd and Reese Witherspoon. The romantic comedy was poorly received by critics upon its release. Nicholson played Paul Rudd’s father in the film.
Besides being one of the most versatile actors in the business, Jack Nicholson has the distinction of being the most nominated performer in the history of the Academy Awards. He has received 12 nominations, eight of which were for Best Actor, the remaining four were for Best Supporting Actor.
Nicholson won three Oscars in his career. In 1976 he won for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. In 1984 for Terms of Endearment and in 1996 for As Good As It Gets. Reportedly Jack was offered the chance to star in the film Nebraska, but apparently he turned it down and the role went to another veteran actor, Bruce Dern.
RadarOnline has reported that their source sold them that while Nicholson will not be active in front of the camera any longer, he will still be active away from it. The acting icon will still attend his beloved Lakers games as well as make appearances at the Academy Awards ceremonies.
They have also said that Jack will simply fade from the film world like Sean Connery and Gene Hackman.
The news that the star, who has gone down in history as the Joker to Michael Keaton’s Batman and his role in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, has flooded the internet. Twitter has Jack Nicholson as the top trend in the microblogging site right now.
And if you click on the name in Twitter the first thing you will see is this:
There seems to be a little confusion as to who is telling the truth. The Oscar winning actor has not made any announcements and neither his spokesperson or rep have released any statements to the press. Twitter is buzzing with the news of Jack’s retirement, but for every five tweets bemoaning the fact, another one or two come up saying that it is not true.
Thefilmstage.com, and ITV, say that according to NBCs Maria Shriver, Nicholson does not have any memory impairment and that he has not suffered from any illnesses that would affect his memory capacity. She has also said that he is actively reading movie scripts and “looking forward to his next project.”
So apparently the news that Jack Nicholson is to retire at 76 because he cannot remember his lines is not true. But without any formal statements from the actor or his representatives, the truth is still not really known, despite Shriver’s reassurance. But depending on who you believe, Jack is retiring or not.
By Michael Smith