The concept of aging bad-boy actor Nick Nolte interviewing himself proves slightly more interesting than the hot-air content of bare-bones docu "Nick Nolte: No Exit," from indie producer-helmer Thomas Thurman.
The concept of aging bad-boy actor Nick Nolte interviewing himself proves slightly more interesting than the hot-air content of bare-bones docu “Nick Nolte: No Exit,” from indie producer-helmer Thomas Thurman. Shot as two setups — well-groomed faux journalist Nolte posing questions to considerably less tidy-looking thesp Nolte — clunkily interspersed with poorly contextualized talking heads, it lacks the pace, flow and choice film clips that might have socked over the construct. With Nolte’s gravel-voiced ruminations feeling a tad tedious at 74 minutes, pic might find tube sales in a shorter cut.
Prodded by his alter ego, who’s seated by a computer that occasionally displays photos and too few film extracts, Nolte holds forth in a not particularly revealing way on topics including his Midwest boyhood, theater work, arrest record and admiration for Marlon Brando. Touching on Nolte’s wild-man rep, the interview subjects (identified by name only, leaving outsiders at a loss) range from entertaining (director Paul Mazursky, actress Rosanna Arquette) to cryptic (helmer-thesp Ben Stiller), with critic F.X. Feeney providing the most perspective. HD tech package is just serviceable.