Academy Award winner Jack Nicholson is one of the most prolific actors Hollywood has ever produced. The actor’s spectacular filmography is more than enough to speak about his acting prowess. The actor is a living example of larger-than-life stardom.

Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson

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Despite being a super popular face in the entertainment world, the American actor has made headlines with his personal life. The Departed star’s world turned upside down when he got to know that his sister June was his actual mother and his grandmother was not his mother in 1985. The news not only left the actor shocked but also left the world curious and confused.

Actor Jack Nicholson’s Unconventional Upbringing

Jack Nicholson not only made headlines with his critically acclaimed movies but with his colorful personal life also. The Pledge actor was only 37 years old when he was informed by a reporter, who had been digging into the actor’s past for a Time magazine feature, about his unconventional upbringing. According to the information provided by the reporter, his sister June was his biological mother.

According to Patrick McGilligan’s biography, Jack’s Life the baffled actor had tried to convince the magazine not to publish the bombshell news. As per the biography Jack’s Life, the actor had called his aunt Lorraine and her partner Shorty to confirm the news. The biography mentions-

“Shorty, this is the most f***** thing I ever heard. A guy calls me on the phone and says that my father is still alive and that Ethel May wasn’t really my mother, that June was my mother.”

Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson with his youngest son

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The actor was born in a Catholic family during the 1930s when having a child out of wedlock was labeled as a sin. Jack Nicholson’s mother June became pregnant in 1936 when she was only 16. Due to the strict societal pressure, the parents of June decided to raise the child as their own kid.

Jack Nicholson On Playing The Character Of Joker

Joker is one of the most iconic characters played by actor Jack Nicholson. The actor went on to portray one of the greatest villains in the history of entertainment. Before Jack Nicholson donned the purple suit of the clown, actor Cesar Romero had played the character of Joker.

During an interview with the reputed media outlet, The Hollywood Reporter, Jack Nicholson spoke about playing the character of Joker. He stated-

“I was afraid because of my feel of the television series and the way movies tend to be done and talked about. I didn’t want this to go through the normal, ‘Let’s brighten it up for the kids. I thought this was a very strong — in every way — transitional movie about the genre, and really why they wanted me in there.”

Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson as Joker

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He further added-

“My early experience in working for an audience full of children: the more you scare them, the more they like it. The worse you are, the better because that was my response to the Joker. This is a hateful occurrence, this man, if you looked at it literally. Every kid loves this guy, I believe.”

After Jack Nicholson legendary actors Heath Ledger and Joaquin Phoenix have played the character of the clown supervillain and have been lauded for their exemplary performances.

Source: Jack’s Life/ The Hollywood Reporter

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