We need Jack back and that's a fact...Jack.

If you happen to bring up a Jack Nicholson movie around the office water cooler it's only a matter of time before someone asks the question: "Where is Jack Nicholson these days?"

Good question. I'd love to know the answer too. The last movie Jack has been in was back in 2010. He was in a forgettable comedy/romance/drama called How Do You Know along with Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd and Owen Wilson. I go to at least one movie a week and I didn't even know How Do You Know existed. That is certainly no way for the mighty Jack Nicholson to go out.

With one of the most impressive resumes in Hollywood history it's not like Jack has to star in another huge hit movie to garner our respect. I mean, c'mon, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, The Shining, Terms of Endearment, Batman, A Few Good Men, As Good As It Gets? That is literally as good as it gets.

I sure hope the reason for Jack's disappearance isn't health related. After all he is now 80 years old. There were rumors that he was suffering from memory loss; possibly dementia or Alzheimer's. Thankfully that is not the case. Reports of his memory loss were debunked by Jack himself who sat down for an interview with the UK media outlet The Sun and said he's doing just fine thank you. He said he was simply enjoying retirement.

O.K., so Jack says he feels fine and is just chilling these days. In fact, according to Looper, he's proven how serious he is about retirement. As you'll see in the video below, Jack has already turned down some big roles including Judge Palmer in 2014's The Judge, Branch Rickey in 2013's 42, and Woody Grant in 2013's Nebraska. Those roles, instead, went to Robert Duvall, Harrison Ford and Bruce Dern.

So is this just a matter of me having to accept reality? Is Jack Nicholson really done with acting? Is he simply burned out? Did all work and no play really make Jack a dull boy? I admit it, I can't handle the truth! There is promising news, however. I just may be able get rid of my Jack withdrawal shakes soon. He is reportedly going to be in a new movie called Toni Erdmann, a remake of a German film about a dad who creates an alter ego for himself in an effort to connect with his polar-opposite daughter.

Until then I guess I'll just have to continue to be the caretaker to the Jack Nicholson shrine ever-so carefully built up inside my head. I have a feeling it's going to be a long winter.

Remembering Summers Gone By on Candlewood Lake:


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