Method to the mad­ness

Jack Ni­chol­son has al­ways done things his own way, and that’s pre­cisely why he’s so beloved as per­former

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If any celebrity could be de­scribed as be­ing a true con­nois­seur, it would be Jack ni­chol­son. never showy, he’s known for hav­ing a pen­chant for mod­est homes and tak­ing only enough to be com­fort­able – de­spite the riches that he has gained from be­ing at the top of the film game for over 60 years. He’s also a known fan of art, de­sign and lit­er­a­ture, and while he doesn’t drink, he’s some­thing of a gas­tron­omy pro, as well.

It ap­pears that ni­chol­son en­joys tak­ing a con­sid­ered ap­proach to life and lux­ury. the things that are worth en­joy­ing are worth tak­ing the time to pon­der. you can see such an ap­proach with ni­chol­son’s act­ing ca­reer, too; he’s never been type­cast, and has played such a var­ied num­ber of char­ac­ters that it’s dif­fi­cult to even pin down what sort of per­former he re­ally is. again, the word ‘con­sid­ered’ comes to mind—all of ni­chol­son’s per­for­mances have some­thing to them, whether he’s play­ing the Joker in bat­man, or an ob­ses­sive-com­pul­sive novelist in as Good as It Gets.

ei­ther way, it would be fair to say that ni­chol­son isn’t much like the other hot names in Hol­ly­wood—he does things his own way, and he has reaped the re­wards (he’s one of only three male ac­tors to win three academy awards). and in 1994, he be­came one of the youngest ac­tors ever to be given the amer­i­can film In­sti­tute’s life­time achieve­ment award.

this de­ter­mi­na­tion to do things on his own terms has lead ni­chol­son to other in­ter­ests that don’t nor­mally fit into the main­stream. and one of his ma­jor in­ter­ests is cigars. In­deed, ni­chol­son is one of the world’s best­known cigar smok­ers. at the end of 1999, he was in the top 10 of a list of the 20th cen­tury’s 100 great­est cigar smok­ers. and he’s al­ways been very up­front about what he likes and doesn’t like on the cigar front.

ni­chol­son ac­tu­ally be­gan his cigar smok­ing ca­reer when he was film­ing the last de­tail in 1973. He’d wanted the char­ac­ter to be a cigar smoker, and be­cause he was film­ing in canada, he had ac­cess to cubans. that love for cuban sticks stayed with him for the rest of his life, and he’s stated on the record nu­mer­ous times that there’s a qual­ity to cuban cigars that you just don’t find with brands from other coun­tries—they could al­most be an anal­ogy for ni­chol­son’s ap­proach to his own work.

af­ter he fin­ished film­ing the last de­tail, ni­chol­son re­verted back to an old, pre­vi­ously kicked habit of smok­ing cig­a­rettes. How­ever, af­ter tak­ing up golf, he re­alised that, due to ner­vous­ness, he was smok­ing too many. cigars be­came the an­swer to the prob­lem, and he be­came a proper con­nois­seur.

al­ways opt­ing for cuban sticks when pos­si­ble, ni­chol­son even per­fected a method of light­ing a cigar taught to him by di­rec­tor ro­man Polan­ski. the idea is that, to get the best flavour, you need to run the flame around the edge of the cigar tip, wait for it to catch fire, blow it out, and then draw as nor­mal. ni­chol­son has stuck with that method ever since he first adopted it.

It’s an odd way to get a sim­ple job done, but then again, ni­chol­son’s per­for­mances have of­ten been known to come across as odd—even slightly un­set­tling. When you see the fin­ished films, though, you know that there must be some­thing to the way he does things.

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