One of Hollywood’s most recognizable figures, Jack Nicholson is regarded as one of the greatest performers of his time.
He was always known as a high-profile star who could frequently be seen first row at the Oscars and courtside at Lakers games.
In recent years, Nicholson, who turns 86 this month, has mostly disappeared from the public eye.
The actor was last photographed more than a year ago, but recently, media outlets published paparazzi images of him, claiming they showed him to be “disheveled” and ‘unrecognisable.’
Yet as he ages, supporters are speaking up in his support and pleading with detractors to stop. Nicholson was photographed by the paparazzi as he left his Hollywood Hills home.
Those were the 85-year-old actor’s first images in 18 months, following his unusual appearance at a LA Lakers game in October 2021.
A number of publications published the images and seemed to be critical of Nicholson’s appearance: He was described as
‘disheveled’ by The Daily Mail and ‘unrecognizable’ by Fox News for his role in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
However, a lot of fans have criticized the reporting and the photographer, claiming that Jack was just unwinding at his own home and shouldn’t have been seen on camera.
Who are the vile people that took those pictures without my consent? Tweeted one Twitter user. ‘In his own house, he can do whatever he likes!’
Why is it that some think Jack Nicholson, at age 85, looks awful? Leave him alone, he looks like an 85-year-old, a Twitter user remarked.
Others who commented on his appearance agreed, saying Nicholson looked fantastic for his age.
Jack Nicholson, who is recognized as one of the greatest actors of all time, made memorable appearances
in movies including One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Chinatown, Batman, The Shining, A Few Good Men, Terms of Endearment, and The Departed during his time in Hollywood.
With 12 nominations, he has received the most male actor nominations in Academy Awards history. He has the rare distinction of having won three Oscars.
But, he hasn’t been seen in a movie since How Do You Know (2010), which has many fans wondering if he’s retired or has health problems.
According to a person who spoke to Radar Online in 2013, Nicholson left acting ‘without fanfare’ because of memory loss.
The insider claimed that Jack ’had memory troubles and can no longer remember the lines being required of him.’
Nicholson, though, insisted that he possessed a ‘mathematician’s brain,’ and refuted the claims that he suffered memory loss.
He acknowledged that he was no longer ‘motivated’to appear in Hollywood movies, saying, ‘I’m not going to work till the day I die.’
‘I’m not required to be outside any longer. The movie industry is the best, but I only want to make films that touch viewers’ emotions and focus on people.
The most horrifying thought crossed my mind: perhaps people in their twenties and thirties no longer desire to be moved.
Because it is what they have experienced growing up, they might simply want to see more bombs and explosions. And I won’t ever act in a film like that.
Nicholson has maintained a modest profile during the past ten years by declining new projects and making infrequent public appearances.
According to some accounts, Nicholson’s health is poor and there are hints that he may have dementia.