Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Jack Nicholson Retirement Official As He Drops out of American Remake of “Toni Erdmann”


Raise your hand if you thought Jack Nicholson would never actually make the American version of “Toni Erdmann.”

Nicholson’s last film was in 2010, and it was a disaster. James L. Brooks’s “How Do You Know” just didn’t work, and Nicholson was lost. I’m sure he wanted to make more movies, but it’s not possible. He’s still a giant in Hollywood, but at 81, he’s human. He suffers from mental infelicity.

Now he’s officially out of “Toni Erdmann” and the charade is over. The movie will be directed by Lisa Cholodenko and co-star Kristen Wiig as the daughter. A new actor will be found to play the rambunctious father. Jack would have beenĀ  a great choice ten years ago. Robin Williams would have been very, very good. The producers will find someone.

Jack Nicholson has won three Oscars. He has a resume of films to die for. He’s a legend. We love seeing him at Lakers games. God bless him. He doesn’t have to act anymore. We knew he was done in 2010 even if he didn’t. Gene Hackman retired a long time ago. Robert Redford just announced he’s giving up acting. These guys have given us cinematic gems for the movie canon.

Whether it’s “The Shining” or “Chinatown” or “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” or “About Schmidt”– or “Carbal Knowledge,” which holds up so well– Jack Nicholson is forever. Thank you, Jack.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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