Jack Nicholson Demanded A Lot More Sex For His Role In The Departed
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Jack Nicholson is a good actor, and no one knows it more than he does. Which is to say that he has a tendency to get his way. As an example, when Nicholson was offered a small part in Martin Scorsese's Boston-based gangster movie, The Departed, he refused. He wasn't excited about the role. But, you know, he's Jack, and after a bit of a sitdown and a bit of a chin-wag, they found a solution: They made the part way, way bigger.
Warner Bros. Pictures "Coulda' saved yourselves a lot of time if you'd done that in the first place, boys."
But Scorsese did more than make the part bigger; he let Nicholson help define nearly every aspect of the character. For example, because Nicholson's a famous Yankees fan, the Boston-based Irish gangster he was playing couldn't wear a Red Sox hat.
Warner Bros. Pictures Scorsese managed to talk him out of changing the character's name to Jeter Rules, though.
Another example: Because Nicholson wanted the role to have a lot more fucking, they added a lot more fucking. He was convinced that his character should have a sex scene to showcase his immorality. Or something.
Warner Bros. Pictures We were lucky it didn't showcase more of him.
Which is how a 70-year-old man ended up in a sex scene with two prostitutes and fistfuls of (probably) simulated cocaine. All but a few seconds of this scene were cut from the final film, but at least that must have been a fun day on the set for Nicholson. And isn't that what it's all about?
Oh, it's not? It's about the movie? Huh.
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