Jack Nicholson is a king among men, and undoubtedly one of the coolest customers in Hollywood, which is why as shocking as this story is... the fact that it happened doesn't at all surprise me. I mean, it's Jack Nicholson simply being the badass that is Jack Nicholson... because he can.
The Oscar winner's penchant for partying hard may be well documented, but this bachelor's dream come true is simply beyond all earthly notions of hedonistic indulgence. I mean, the dude had a secret underground tunnel that led directly from his house, all the way to Hugh Hefner's legendary palace of paradise: the Playboy mansion!
Hallway to Heaven
Just imagine that for a moment: You're at the peak of your career, wining awards left and right, you're adored by the masses and, whenever strikes your fancy, you can simply take a short stroll to the mansion at a moment's notice. They truly must've been some crazy times.
And Nicholson wasn't the only celebrity blessed with this privilege. The story goes:
One of our editors was in the office archives pulling photos for a feature set to run on Hugh Hefner’s birthday. He found some Polaroids from 1977 that showed a large excavation project at The Mansion. We asked the new general manager at The Mansion about these photos. He said, very matter-of-factly, “that’s probably when they built the tunnels in the 70s.
So, according to this blueprint, tunnels were built to the homes of “Mr. J. Nicholson,” “Mr. W. Beatty,” “Mr. K. Douglas” and “Mr. J. Caan.” We’ll go ahead and assume they’re talking about Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, Kirk Douglas and James Caan – all of whom lived near the Playboy Mansion during the late 1970s and early 1980s. There are no dates on the architectural schematics, but the dates on the Polaroids were from 1977.
But before you go looking for those hallways of hedonism, know that the tunnels were shut down in 1989.
Hugh Hefner refused to comment on the matter, but there's no doubt in my mind this actually happened. Keep being you, Jack.