ByPaul Aguirre-Livingston, writer at
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Paul Aguirre-Livingston

Don't listen to the gossip: isn't retiring from acting. Well, not exactly. Nicholson has provided insight into aging in Hollywood, claiming that his desire to do certain projects has changed, as well as those he chooses to work with. That means: flicks that pack an emotional impact?

In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Nicholson explained:

I have a mathematician’s brain… I’m not going to work until the day I die, that’s not why I started this. I mean, I’m not driven. I was driven – but I’m not, I don’t have to be out there any more. In fact, there’s part of me that never really liked being out there… You get older, you change. The movie business is the greatest business but I only want to do films that move people, films about emotions and people. I had the most chilling thought that maybe people in their twenties and thirties don’t actually want to be moved anymore. They may want just to see more bombs, more explosions, because that is what they have grown up with. And I’ll never do that type of movie.

It's true: the man has had an impressive career, including 12 Oscar nominations under his belt, with two wins for Best Actor and one for Supporting. I say he deserves to take his time and work - or not work. Plus, it's not unusual to see living legends shifting away into more quality roles - Clint Eastwood and Daniel Day Lewis, for example.

What do you think: Should Nicholson actually retire and enjoy life, or will he keep making movies?


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