Jack Nicholson: The Shining Star of Retirement


| LAST UPDATE 11/10/2023

By Evelyn Martinez
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Nearly a decade and a half has passed since Jack Nicholson graced the silver screen in the unsuccessful romantic comedy How Do You Know alongside Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and Owen Wilson. While the supporting role wasn't the highlight of Nicholson's amazing career—he's got a whopping 80 acting gigs under his belt—we also can't say it harmed the reputation of this cinema legend. His list of movies is filled with some truly awesome ones that are considered classics.

Even though Jack Nicholson hasn't officially said he's done with acting, many people think he is, especially because he hasn't seemed too excited about it in the past 13 years. This idea grew stronger during a recent appearance on Marc Maron's WTF With Marc Maron podcast, where renowned record producer and Nicholson's longtime friend Lou Adler shared his insights.

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Maron asked Adler how Nicholson was doing, and Adler replied that he was "doing whatever he wants to do." He explained that Nicholson is content to read books, eat what he wants, and live a quiet life. Maron told Adler, "A friend of mine wanted to put him in a movie. 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.'" Adler laughed and responded, "That sounds like Jack." Adler added to his statement, "He wants to be quiet. He wants to eat what he wants. He wants to live the life he wants." Who can blame the guy?

In a surprising turn of events, Nicholson and Adler have traded their courtside seats at Lakers games for cozy reading nooks. Adler, 89, revealed that he has also cut back on the number of games he attends with Nicholson, 86. He told Maron, "I still go, but I don't go to as many. I used to go to every game — Jack and I would be at every game." Looks like Nicholson and Adler are enjoying the chill vibes of retirement. They're choosing the calm of reading books over the noisy excitement of basketball arenas. Maybe they've figured out that the real excitement is in the pages of a good book, not the unpredictable bounces of a basketball.

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