Not that Jack Nicholson himself can fathom what it is we find sexy about him. ‘It’s very hard to think of yourself in those terms. I see myself in the mirror every morning, and I’m looking the Devil right in the face,’ the 70-year-old actor tells us. ‘I don’t relate to what’s said about me – how famous I’m supposed to be, how much of a sex symbol I’m supposed to be – and I don’t think I could function, really, if I started to believe all that stuff.’
Plenty of the ladies do believe it, though – the actor has had relationships with a string of women including Angelica Huston and Lara Flynn Boyle. Jack, who stars in the new film The Bucket List, out next week, famously says he ‘only takes Viagra if I’m with more than one woman’ and isn’t afraid of sexy movie scenes, despite turning 70 last year. ‘I want to see more middle-aged sex on screen. It happens – I know it happens – so why not show it? There’s a scene in The Bucket List where my character comes out of the bathroom on his private jet with a beautiful woman. But I wish there’d been more – I hoped there was going to be. It’s a vacuum which needs filling,’ he says.
Despite his eagerness in the bedroom department, Jack is suffering the perils of ageing.
Advertisement‘You do lose energy. I used to rely on my legs to get me out of trouble. I was The Dodger, I could get in and out of parties without people I didn’t want to meet even knowing I’d been there, I could skip away from difficult situations, but not any more,’ he says. ‘And I can’t stand around at work as much as I once did. I have to take a long walk from my car to my seat and I gauge how fit I’m feeling by whether or not I have to stand against the wall and take a breather.’
He also admits to not being able to pleasure the ladies as much as he did in the good old days.
‘The stamina goes, somewhat, and you have to adjust. And it’s not just the legs that go, it’s other areas too – if you know what I mean…’ Still, with an alleged 2,000 lovers under his belt, he’s had more than his fair share of duvet action over the years...
The actor admits to having plenty of tantrums, most spectacularly while playing his favourite sport with showbiz pals. ‘I’m famous at my golf club for laying down in a bunker and kicking my legs in the air, screaming, like some spoilt child, because I’ve just played a particularly bad shot. And to think I took up golf to help me relax…’ he laughs. But, despite having more diva tendencies than Mariah Carey, Jack has no regrets about his infamous behaviour. ‘I don’t look back and feel guilty about the way I’ve behaved. I didn’t tread on anybody when I was starting out, I’ve never climbed on anybody to “get on”. I feel I have a good amount of integrity, as far as what I’ve done in life.’
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