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Why Jack Nicholson Turned Down ‘The Godfather’

For the final ten years, Jack Nicholson has been having fun with himself not making films. As a lot as we miss his signature display screen presence and musical deliveries on display screen, figuring out he’s fortunately retired is extra satisfying than seeing one other Jack Nicholson film. He’s given the world sufficient classics anyway. Famously, Nicholson turned two main classics he may’ve had on his resume, together with The Godfather and The Sting.

Why Move on The Godfather?

It sounds bananas that any actor would flip down the starring function in Francis Ford Coppola’s gangster epic. Nicholson, nonetheless, did, and for nice purpose. The actor handed on the function of Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) to star in one other traditional, Chinatown. Again in 1982, a journalist requested Nicholson why he turned down two stone chilly classics, The Godfather and The Sting, to which the actor replied:

Sure, that’s true. And I believe I had sufficient enterprise acumen — I do know I had sufficient enterprise acumen by then — to know each The Sting and The Godfather have been going to be enormous hits. On the similar time, I occurred to suppose The Final Element and Chinatown are, to me, the extra fascinating of the movies. The Godfather was going to be a great movie. I had at all times needed to work with Marlon [Brando]. I used to be requested to play the lead in it, however I felt it needs to be an Italian individual, and I didn’t have any scenes with Marlon within the script I learn. Properly, I’m solely going to get to work with Marlon as soon as, and let’s hope that it could be one thing the place we actually needed to work collectively. 

He Was Proper

Can’t argue with Nicholson’s logic, particularly about The Godfather calling for an actual Italian-American actor. Loads of film stars wouldn’t have batted an eye fixed at that concept again within the ‘70s, however Nicholson did. Plus, he gave us two of his best achievements and performances as an alternative in consequence. He’s heartbreaking and hilarious in The Final Element (a masterpiece), and the rightfully loathed director apart, Chinatown is without doubt one of the most near-perfect films ever made. Nicholson’s ‘70s filmography needs to be one of many best a long time an actor has ever had of their profession. 

The Eventual Brando-Nicholson Collaboration 

By 1976, Nicholson and Brando lastly did get to work collectively on the Arthur Penn movie, Missouri Breaks. Whereas it’s no traditional alongside the beforehand listed titles, it has its followers and is a must-watch for any Penn followers. After all, Penn’s greatest film remains to be Night time Strikes

All nice actors have turned down nice films, like Nicholson. He turned down among the most beloved films of all time, together with The Graduate, Apocalypse Now, and Hoosiers. One other main function Nicholson turned down? J. Gatsby in The Nice Gatsby, which Robert Redford performed. The story goes Nicholson felt he was higher for the half, however as soon as once more, he selected a extra creatively bold challenge as an alternative, The Passenger, during which he offers one in every of his most mysterious and haunted performances.

What’s particularly humorous is, Nicholson turned down Francis Ford Coppola twice and the 2 by no means labored collectively. There’s nonetheless time for each of them to make a film collectively, although. How magical would that be to see past 2020?

What’s Jack Nicholson Up To?

The final film Nicholson starred in was James L. BrooksHow Do You Know? It’s a little bit of a multitude however has many, many charms. Nicholson was good enjoyable within the movie (now out there on Netflix). Since then, the actor has been out of the highlight and having fun with life from the sound of it. 

Apparently, Nicholson has continued studying scripts through the years and thought of provides, however nothing has caught. Nicholson thought of a task in The Decide and got here near starring in a remake of the masterful Toni Erdmann, however that fell aside. Since then, Nicholson has continued protecting to himself and infrequently attending Lakers video games or the Oscars anymore. Hopefully, he’s as joyful as a clam will be.


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