Being gone out of the spotlight since seven years ago, many people assumed Jack Nicholson just retired quietly. Now, the actor has been lured out of his retirement for the first time since 2010 to star in the remake of German comedy film "Toni Erdmann."
Jack Nicholson, now 79 years old, will be playing the titular Toni Erdmann. He will star opposite Kristen Wigg in the English-version of "Toni Erdmann" by Paramount Pictures.
Nicholson last appeared in a major role in "How Do You Know" back in 2010. Since then, he reportedly refused to even read film scripts and turned down the major role for the film "Nebraska" in 2013. Rumors had it that Nicholson slipped out of the limelight due to memory loss, which made it difficult for him to memorize his lines. The actor debunked the rumors, saying that his mind is still like a mathematician's, as reported by The Guardian.
But the real reason could simply be just old age. Not everyone would like to work until their last breath, and Nicholson might just wanted to relax and take some time off the hustle of the showbusiness.
"I'm not going to work until the day I die, that's not why I started this. I mean, I'm not driven," Nicholson told the Sun, per The Guardian. "You get older, you change. I mean, I'm not a loner, I'm not a recluse, but I don't need all that any more. I don't enjoy it, simple as that."
"Toni Erdmann" tells the story of a father and daughter. Toni Erdmann pays his daughter a visit to try to reconnect with her. He created an alter ego and pretended to be her CEO's life coach. Jack Nicholson is said to be a big fan of the original German film and so he approached Brad Grey of Paramount Pictures to make a remake, according to Variety.