Here's the real reason Jack Nicholson has been forced to retire from Hollywood

Here's the real reason Jack Nicholson has been forced to retire from Hollywood

There's a reason you feel like you haven't seen Jack Nicholson's face in any movies lately, because he's sort of retired from Hollywood. While he never announced anything officially, the 80-year-old reportedly refuses to read any film scripts and decided to slip out of the public eye since 2010.

The brilliant actor with his impeccable eyebrows who will forever overshadow anyone trying to master the emotion of anger in cinema has turned down lead roles in recent years, and while rumours sprang up about the star joining new film ventures, nothing took off. Last year, news came out that Nicholson would return to screens by starring in the Hollywood remake of German dramedy Toni Erdmann. It would've been the actor's first major role in a decade, seeing him play a music teacher with a hilarious alter-ego alongside Kirsten Wiig.

However, nothing much has been said about the production of the film since this initial announcement. The reasons for the Shining star's apparent retirement has been highly speculated, and one source claims it all comes down to a health condition that has forced him to decline acting jobs.

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"There is a simple reason behind his decision - it's memory loss," the source told Radar. "Quite frankly, at 76, Jack has memory issues and can no longer remember the lines being asked of him."

Memory loss is not an uncommon symptom of ageing, and it's not surprising that something like this hinders the ability for a person to take on a character's role and deliver lines to camera.

While many people tout this as the "real reason" Nicholson is no longer working as an actor, this piece of information was released back in 2013. Then aged 76, Nicholson denied the claims telling The Sun he was "in good shape – a little stout, but healthy". He insisted his mental health was still in top shape, saying he has "a mathematician’s brain" and claims to have turned down job offers on account of the scripts being too shoddy for him.

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He said that he "only want[s] to do films that move people, films about emotions and people", before adding that he "had the most chilling thought that maybe people in their twenties and thirties don't actually want to be moved anymore".

Which is fair enough, considering he's worked on some masterpieces among his 66-film resume, which earned him a record 12 Oscar nominations and three wins.

So must we really speculate about the "real reason" he's maybe/probably gone into retirement? Couldn't it just be that the One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has had a phenomenally good run as a highly respected and undeniably talented actor, and maybe he just wants to chill out a bit in his ageing years?

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Nicholson himself has admitted before that he doesn't love the idea of working when he's too old. "I'm not going to work until the day I die, that's not why I started this. I mean, I'm not driven," he told The Sun. "You get older, you change. I mean, I'm not a loner, I'm not a recluse, but I don't need all that any more. I don't enjoy it, simple as that."

Could it be the real reason he's slowly moved into retirement is that he just can't really be bothered anymore? Maybe, so let's not pester him about it.