Jack Nicholson . . was all wrong for the part. His last big role had been in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest . . . the audience automatically identified him as a loony from the first scene. If the guy is nuts to begin with, then the entire tragedy of his downfall is wasted.
“This isn’t ‘Trekkies’ . . . We don’t have guys having ‘Shining’ weddings, or driving around in yellow VWs with ‘ROOM 237’ license plates. There were no conventions to go to.”
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