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Jack Nicholson Quotes On Acting, Life, And Getting Older


There’s no one that has quite the charisma like Jack Nicholson. He’s loved for his undoubtedly stellar acting skills and loved even more for his debauchery. Through Jack Nicholson quotes, we get to explore the thoughts and feelings of one of the greatest actors of all time.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Nicholson was a self-made man who worked his way to Hollywood. At just 17, he moved to Los Angeles with the hope that his sister still had an apartment there. While working two jobs to stay afloat, an MGM producer scouted Nicholson, changing his entire life.

Nicholson took the screen by storm with his uncanny ability to play outlandish and deranged characters as no one had ever seen before. His role as George Hanson in Easy Rider (1969) and JJ Gittes in Chinatown (1974) truly showed Hollywood just what Nicholson was capable of. These roles paved the way for his more famous role in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975,) winning Nicholson his first Oscar.

But wait – here’s Johnny! Nicholson continued on his path of acting glory with his following role in The Shining in 1980. It illustrated the astonishing level of crazy Nicholson could play (if One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest didn’t prove that already.)

Nicholson continued to showcase his magnetism and versatility as an actor through the latter part of his career. From his humorous role in Anger Management (2003) to his wicked gangster portrayal in The Departed (2006,) Nicholson was a master on screen, no matter the character.

While Nicholson may have retired from his impressive acting career, his character appeal will live on forever. Let’s explore all the wise words from a man whose charm took Hollywood by storm, and still does.

  1. “My motto is more good times.”
  2. “I’m an actor who they said was wrinkled and balding and everything else when I was in my early 30’s. Most of the people who wrote that who thought they were younger than me are now bald and wrinkled.”
  3. “I don’t think many people have a very good understanding of leisure and the importance it plays in our lives.”
  4. “There’s only two people in your life you should lie to… the police and your girlfriend.”
  5. “If men are honest, everything they do and everywhere they go is for a chance to see women.”
  6. “Beer, it’s the best damn drink in the world.”Jack Nicholson quotes
  7. “Well, a girlfriend once told me never to fight with anybody you don’t love.”
  8. “I just like art. I get pure pleasure from it. I have a lot of wonderful paintings, and every time I look at them I see something different.”
  9. “I’m definitely still wild at heart.”
  10. “Acting is everybody’s favorite second job.”
  11. “I don’t want people to know what I’m actually like. It’s not good for an actor.”Jack Nicholson quotes
  12. “I sort of understood that when I first started: that you shouldn’t repeat a success. Very often you’re going to, and maybe the first time you do, it works. And you love it. But then you’re trapped.”
  13. “I’m not hard to get along with.”
  14. “There’s a period just before you start a movie when you start thinking, I don’t know what in the world I’m going to do. It’s free-floating anxiety. In my case, though, this is over by lunch the first day of shooting.
  15. “I am a person who is trained to look other people in the eye.”
  16. “I used to think that one of the great signs of security was the ability to just walk away.”
  17. “I’m content with the fact that I made a decent effort. That’s what I’ve always worried about: that I wouldn’t try hard enough.”
  18. “I don’t have any plugs or tucks but people do what they want. I look at it as mutilation.”
  19. “My whole career strategy has been to build a base so that I could take the roles I want to play. I’d hate to think that a shorter part might not be available because I was worried about my billing.
  20. “I never had a policy about marriage. I got married very young in life and I always think in all relationships, I’ve always thought that it’s counterproductive to have a theory on that.”
  21. “I’m Irish. I think about death all the time.”Jack Nicholson quotes
  22. “I like to not care that much about criticism, but I do care about it.”
  23. “I’ve been too many places. I’m like the bad penny.”
  24. “Well, a younger woman is a type, but not necessarily a type for me. And what is a younger woman? I mean, I’m pretty old. Almost everyone is younger.
  25. “I have a lot of vanity.”
  26. “Most of the early part of an actor’s career, you do the jobs you get.”
  27. “Well, I’m not going to sit here and pretend that I haven’t been a rogue most of my life.”
  28. “I don’t have any fear of intimacy, but rather thrive on it, which is rare in a public person.” “
  29. “Frankly, I got into the movies because I like the movies a lot.”
  30. “With my sunglasses on, I’m Jack Nicholson. Without them, I’m fat and 60.”Jack Nicholson quotes
  31. “I would never complain about my life, even though I really would like to have a mate.”
  32. “It’s a slight stretch of the imagination but most people are alike in most ways so I’ve never had any trouble identifying with the character that I’m playing.”
  33. “The average celebrity meets, in one year, ten times the amount of people that the average person meets in his entire life.”
  34. “I’m the last guy in the world to feel overlooked by the Academy.”
  35. “I’ll tell you one thing: Don’t ever give anybody your best advice, because they’re not going to follow it.”
  36. “Early on, if I was alone two-three nights in a row, I’d start writing poems about suicide.”
  37. “I learned a long time ago in Hollywood that the only person I should vote for is myself.”Jack Nicholson quotes
  38. “Once you’ve been really bad in a movie, there’s a certain kind of fearlessness you develop.”
  39. “Once you’ve been really bad in a movie, there’s a certain kind of fearlessness you develop.”
  40. “I can’t hit on women in public anymore. I didn’t decide this; it just doesn’t feel right at my age.”

We hope you enjoyed this collection of Jack Nicholson quotes from a living legend and arguably one of the greatest actors of our generation. If you know someone else who is a fan of Jack’s, don’t forget to share!Jack Nicholson quotes

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