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Here’s Johnny! Check out how Jack Nicholson prepared for the scene

In Entertainment, Movies by uveblog

Jack Nicholson is one of the most prominent actors of his generation, and did you know he was born in New Jersey?

Jack Nicholson made his film debut in the 1958 low-budget crime flick Cry Baby Killer, throughout the 1960s, he continued to appear in mostly low-budget horror films. After a small role in the 1960 dark comedy Little Shop of Horrors, Nicholson appeared in The Terror (1963), Back Door to Hell(1964), Ride in the Whirlwind (1965) and The Shooting (1966).Nicholson’s breakthrough performance came as alcoholic Southern lawyer George Hanson in the classic road movie¬†Easy Rider (1969). He was nominated for an Academy Award for best supporting actor for his performance and developed something of a cult following. Then, in 1970, Nicholson starred in the film Five Easy Pieces, a surprise hit in which he played a disaffected former musical prodigy. Nicholson again received an Academy Award nomination for his performance, this time for best leading actor. His next stellar performance was as a profane naval officer in the dark comedy The Last Detail (1973), once again landing him an Oscar nomination for best actor.Nicholson turned in one of the most acclaimed performances of his career in director Roman Polanski’s brilliant 1974 neo-noir Chinatown. He portrayed a private eye named Jake Gittes who is tasked with tracking down a murder. The part earned Nicholson his fourth Oscar nomination, but again he did not win the award. He finally broke through with his first Academy Award for Best Actor in the 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Based on Ken Kesey’s famous novel of the same name, the film follows R.P. McMurphy (played by Nicholson), a convict who is placed in a mental institution where the nurses and doctors attempt to quash his rebellious spirit. In 1980, Nicholson delivered an eerie if perhaps over-the-top performance as a deranged hotel caretaker in the acclaimed film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel The Shining. Here is how Jack prepared for that famous scene.

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