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Stanley Kubrick & Jack Nicholson

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Kubrick's and Nicholson's relationship spanned over a short time but, in many ways, it will defy eternity.

Nicholson was cast by Kubrick, who was impressed with his role in Easy Rider. Kubrick offered Nicholson the role of Jack Torrance, an aspiring writer and recovering alcoholic, who accepts a position as the off-season caretaker of the isolated historic Overlook Hotel in the Colorado Rockies. Jack's sanity deteriorates due to the influence of the supernatural forces that inhabit the hotel, placing his wife and son in danger.

In keeping with Kubrick's reputation, the shooting script was being changed constantly, sometimes several times a day, adding more stress. Jack Nicholson eventually became so frustrated with the ever-changing script that he would throw away the copies that the production team would give to him to memorize, knowing that it was just going to change anyway. He learned most of his lines just minutes before filming them.

Nicholson's performance is without a doubt one of the most memorable of his long career. Yet Stephen King, author of the original story, viewed his casting as a mistake, claiming that after One Flew Over a Cuckoos' Nest, the audience would anticipate the character of Jack Torrance to go mad.

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Here's Johnny!
Here's Johnny!