Happy 77th Birthday Jack Nicholson! | April 22, 1937
Interviewer: What were the highlights of your life?
Jack: The first screening of Easy Rider in Cannes, because I had been there before sneaking around. When I was sitting in the screening I realized that I was actually going to be a movie star. When I was over there I was pretty much already thinking about directing because I had been doing movies for 10 or 12 years by then. And everybody said I was good, but being known and not having a big film success is almost tougher than being completely new. It just kind of turned my life around and was definitely a highlight.
Interviewer: Do you ever get that same buzz now?
Jack: When they say I’m a great actor, I close my ears because it’s not good for you to think that way.
Interviewer: You seem pretty confident though.
Jack: Well, you know, I put on a good show.
"Her and Lost In Translation are connected to each other. They’re very much on the same wavelength. They explore a lot of the same ideas. This all makes sense since Spike Jonze and Sofia Coppola were married from 1999 to 2003 and had been together for many years before that. Sofia Coppola had already made her big personal statement in regards to love and marriage right when the couple was on the verge of divorce; Her would be Spike Jonze’s answer to those feelings. What makes it even more poignant is that Her never feels resentful or petty. It feels more like a legitimate apology. It’s an acknowledgement that, in the end, some people aren’t meant to be with each other in the long run. Some people do grow apart. Lost in Translation is about a couple on the verge of growing apart, Her is about finally letting go of the person you’ve grown apart with and moving on.”
I am a big, bright, shining star.
Max Records and Spike Jonze on the set of Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
Blue Valentine, dir. Derek Cianfrance