An Acting Lesson from Jack Nicholson

Posted on 8 March 2016


The next woman who takes me on is gonna light up like a pinball machine and pay off in silver dollars

Randle P. McMurphy (played by Jack Nicholson)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

There are very few actors who could pull off this line with such enigmatic charisma as Jack Nicholson.

He is, of course, a method actor.

Jack stops at nothing when creating and investigating a character.

When he was offered a part that required him to be naked he decided to go naked for a month in his home. No matter who turned up, Jack was starkers.

He said “I decided I would get over being self-conscious about nudity, so I lived in my house as a nudist. Once I decide to do something I don’t do it partially, so I was nude no matter who came by.” That included his sister!

You should read the above again because it gives you an insight into how great actors think.

They don’t do this partially. It’s all or nothing and they will stop at nothing in exploring their art. They don’t care if it’s appropriate or not. They just want to get deeper into what they are playing.

Don’t you just love Jack?

He once said, “I’m the guy who’s at odds with the establishment but whom they’d love to have to dinner.”

How true.

Again, there is a message in the quote.

Ready to become a method master like Jack?

I might be able to help. I say might because I don’t accept everyone and you have to EARN your place.

That starts with the auditions on April 13th.