Actress Geena Davis revealed that Jack Nicholson made sexual advances toward her when they met for the first time. However, the actress was able to avoid him thanks to the advice she got from Dustin Hoffman. She revealed that she learned a lot from her Tootsie co-star, Dustin Hoffman while working on the film together. One piece of advice, in particular, helped her in escaping a sticky situation. The veteran actor gave her a simple trick through which she was able to ward off desperate men in the industry. She revealed how that trick helped her in stopping Jack Nicholson from making further moves on her.
Geena Davis learned a lot from Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman and Geena Davis starred together in Tootsie (1982). She recently told The New Yorker in an interview that he asked her to “read a lot of books.” Hoffman also gave the actress, who was young and new to the industry, a simple trick that would help her in avoiding overly desperate men in the industry. He simply asked her to reply by saying, “Well, you’re very attractive. I would love to, but it would ruin the sexual tension between us.” The actress was impressed and kept this piece of advice.
Jack Nicholson tried to hit on the actress
In the 80s, Geena Davis was a Victoria’s Secret model trying to get her major acting gig when she landed the role of April Page in Tootsie. Shortly after the movie came out, her modeling agent “happened to know” actor Jack Nicholson, who “had dinner” with the newcomer and her friends “every single night.” The actor reportedly gave her a note that had the actor’s phone number and asked her to call him. The young actress got excited and decided to call him.
Geena Davis used that advice on Jack Nicholson
Geena Davis described the phone call, “So I said, ‘Hello, Mr. Nicholson. This is Geena, the model. You called me?’ He said, ‘Hey, Geena. When is it gonna happen?’” the actress claimed. She then explained that she was extremely confused as she did not expect that response. She further said,
“I was like, ‘Oh, no — why didn’t I realize this is what it was going to be about?’ But it immediately came into my head what to say: ‘Uh, Jack, I would love to. You’re very attractive. But I have a feeling we’re going to work together at some point in the future, and I would hate to have ruined the sexual tension between us.'”
The actress used the advice that Dustin Hoffman gave her and she was able to get out of that situation. She explained Nicholson’s response, “He was like, ‘Oh, man, where’d you get that?’” The actress also mentioned this incident in her new book, Dying of Politeness: A Memoir.