Quote of the Day: Jack Nicholson on Miserable Role

Actor Jack Nicholson, whose latest tragi-comedy About Schmidt is competing for the coveted Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, to Reuters Wednesday about his performance as Warren Schmidt, a retired man facing up to his mediocre life:

“I couldn’t look at myself in the mirror the whole three months I was doing this picture because I thought I would never return to myself….This is the least vain performance I think I’ve ever given. You know, no shadow under the chin.

“He’s a miserable man to inhabit, worse than any drama I’ve ever done. You don’t get the joke when you’re playing the character; you just have to be that guy, so it was trying in that way.”