As to his liking, Jack Nicholson is usually surrounded by women. The set of the romantic comedy “Something’s Gotta Give” wasn’t any different.
In the pic, 66-year-old Nicholson portrays an aging playboy who learns about love by being surrounded by strong women: Diane Keaton, Frances McDormand and Amanda Peet. Writer-director Nancy Meyers also employed a largely female crew.
“There were women around him all the time on this movie. There was always a fuss being made over Jack,” says Meyers. “He enjoyed it. His mom was a hairdresser. ‘I grew up in a beauty parlor’ is an expression that he used quite often. I think we provided the beauty parlor for him again.”
After receiving his 12th Oscar nom for his role as a widowed salesman with a bad back in last year’s “About Schmidt,” the actor returned to his comedic ways in ’03 with Adam Sandler in “Anger Management” and “Something’s Gotta Give.”
“People have said that this is Jack being Jack,” says Meyers, who penned the script with Nicholson and Keaton in mind. “But that’s only at the beginning. This character really unfolds as the movie progresses. So you also get to see the Jack that breaks your heart.”
Nicholson worked the various emotions by being the consummate professional.
“He wants to service the scenes the best he can. He’s unbelievably prepared,” says Meyers. “He elevates the writing with his skill as an actor. He’s truly a real filmmaker.”
Nicholson got particularly real when the role called on him to expose his bum through an open hospital gown.
“In that scene, he didn’t have any underwear on,” says Meyers. “I could’ve held the camera above his waist, but I think he understood that it was going to be really funny. Again, he was in the service of the movie.”
Now that’s dedication.