Nick Nolte looks back in ‘Rebel’

‘Best way to deal with mis­takes is to dis­cuss them’

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NEW YORK, April 16, (AP): You might re­mem­ber Nick Nolte’s in­fa­mous mug shot from 2002, the one where the three-time Os­car nom­i­nee wears his hair wild and his shirt Hawai­ian. But did you know he has an­other one from many years be­fore that ar­rest?

In 1961 Nolte was busted for sell­ing fake draft cards, fined $75,000 and sen­tenced to 75 years in prison, later sus­pended. In that book­ing photo, a pre-fa­mous Nolte wears his hair short and a but­ton-down shirt.

Both em­bar­rass­ing in­ci­dents are heartily dis­cussed in his new mem­oir, “Rebel: My Life Out­side the Lines.” Nolte, 77, is now ready to tell his story — warts and all. The ar­rests act al­most like book­ends to a some­times crazy life.

“I’ve had two mug shots in my life­time. It’s hard to get those. And if you get them, you bet­ter make sure you ex­am­ine the cir­cum­stances that you got them,” Nolte told The As­so­ci­ated Press. “The best way to deal with the big­gest mis­takes in your life is to dis­cuss them. With ev­ery­body, in­clud­ing God.”

The au­to­bi­og­ra­phy traces the rise of the head­strong Nolte — lit­er­ally, be­cause he had the bizarre habit of head-butting parked cars. He was a Mid­west­ern boy, a nat­u­ral jock, who found fame later in life when he traded in per­form­ing on the stage to movies.

“Act­ing al­ways ap­pealed to me a lot be­cause it’s risk tak­ing. And it’s some­thing I don’t do nat­u­rally. I mean when I’m stand­ing back­stage and that cur­tain is about to open I say, ‘Why would you do this to your­self? Are you re­ally that much of an id­iot to just ex­pose

head­quar­ters at Ti­tanic Stu­dios in Belfast, the North­ern Ir­ish cap­i­tal, which has been a base for the se­ries since the pilot.

Speak­ing on be­half of the pro­duc­tion your­self to a thou­sand peo­ple?’” he said.

“And then the cur­tain opens and, if it goes all right, you don’t re­mem­ber open­ing night — there’s too much adren­a­line. Ac­tors are risk tak­ers. And they’re tak­ing the risks for their own san­ity.”

Nolte, whose hits in­clude “The Prince of Tides,” “Cape Fear,” “Lorenzo’s Oil,” “The Good Thief,” “The Thin Red Line” and “48 Hrs,” self­med­i­cated to quell his in­ner demons. “A lit­tle chaos around keeps me sane,” he writes.

The book re­counts his amazing ap­petite for drugs — in­clud­ing coke, LSD, HGH and GHB — and the time he sin­gle-hand­edly saved the movie “Under Fire” by smug­gling the film can­is­ters out of Mex­ico, one step ahead of the law.

We learn he ate real dog food in “Down and Out in Bev­erly Hills,” and he took real heroin dur­ing the eightweek shoot of “The Good Thief” to bet­ter por­tray a heroin ad­dict. He slept with Jacque­line Bis­set dur­ing film­ing of “The Deep” but his in­abil­ity to skate lost him a part in “Slap Shot.” He was of­fered “Su­per­man” but saw noth­ing su­per about the role.


Nolte has nice things to say about co-stars Ed­die Mur­phy, Katharine Hep­burn and Bar­bra Streisand. He has less than nice things to say about De­bra Winger (“hell­fire”) and Ed­ward Nor­ton (Nolte vowed to “slit his throat”). He re­counts a spec­tac­u­lar prank pulled by Woody Har­rel­son on Sean Penn in Aus­tralia that in­volved real cops and gun­shots.

team, ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers D.B. Weiss and David Be­nioff said in a state­ment: “Many, many peo­ple work in­sanely hard to cre­ate any film or tele­vi­sion show. They are cre­ators

May Chen, his edi­tor at HarperCollins, said Nolte wrote some of the book by telling his sto­ries out loud. Those anec­dotes were later stitched to­gether, along­side jour­nal en­tries and his own long­hand writ­ings. She calls him a “very self-aware” au­thor, not afraid to delve into his own dark­ness.

“He’s not em­bar­rassed about it. This is his life. Ob­vi­ously, I sure he’s re­gret­ful of some of these things but he’s not em­bar­rassed by it. He owns up to it,” she said. “Now with hind­sight, all these decades later, he can look back and I think he re­al­izes how of­ten things could have re­ally gone wrong for him.”

Nolte de­scribes his own #MeToo mo­ment when, at 21, a Hol­ly­wood agent in­vited him to his Bel Air home for din­ner. Af­ter the man ex­cused him­self, he re­turned wear­ing only a silk dress­ing gown and an­nounced: “Hello, cud­dle bunny.” Nolte was out the door quick. “That would be a cast­ing couch. But I was not an ac­tor at that time at all,” he said.

Nolte also has a dim view of Har­vey We­in­stein, the one-time Mi­ra­max com­pany head who had a rep­u­ta­tion as a ruth­less film edi­tor. (Mul­ti­ple al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct last year up­ended his ca­reer.) Nolte re­counts how his film “The Golden Bowl” was “re­duced to shreds” by We­in­stein’s cut be­fore it was sold back to the film­mak­ers.

Nolte said We­in­stein tried to “bully me into a cou­ple of roles” — in­clud­ing “Co­p­land” — and was “ma­nip­u­la­tive” dur­ing awards sea­son. “I never had much ad­mi­ra­tion for Mi­ra­max or Har­vey pri­mar­ily be­cause I had friends who made movies that were shelved,” he said.

ev­ery bit as much as ac­tors, writ­ers, pro­duc­ers or di­rec­tors, and de­serve to be rec­og­nized as such.” (RTRS)


Tetanus is no longer a dis­ease threat­en­ing the lives of chil­dren in 44 coun­tries in part be­cause of UNICEF and Salma Hayek Pin­ault.

Hayek Pin­ault re­ceived UNICEF’s Danny Kaye Hu­man­i­tar­ian Award on Satur­day for spear­head­ing UNICEF’s cam­paign to end ma­ter­nal and neona­tal tetanus as well as more global ini­tia­tives. Other hon­orees at the UNICEF Ball, which took place at the Bev­erly Wil­shire ho­tel, in­cluded Ted Saran­dos, Net­flix’s chief con­tent of­fi­cer, and his wife Am­bas­sador Ni­cole Avant, who were the re­cip­i­ents of the Spirt of Com­pas­sion Award.

Co­me­dian Kee­gan-Michael Key hosted the awards din­ner, which at­tracted an ar­ray of tal­ent at­tend­ing in sup­port of Hayek Pin­ault and the hu­man­i­tar­ian or­ga­ni­za­tion. The night’s guests, speak­ers, and per­form­ers also in­cluded UNICEF am­bas­sador Alyssa Mi­lano, UNICEF good­will am­bas­sador Lilly Singh, Jane Fonda, Pharell Williams, Don John­son, Net­flix’s Scott Stu­ber, Para­mount’s Jim Gianop­u­los, UNICEF U.S.A. pres­i­dent and CEO Caryl M. Stern, and eight-year-old Syr­ian au­thor Bana al-Abed. (RTRS)

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