Ahead of her debut in the John Wick franchise with John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, out in theaters later this month, Anjelica Huston gave a no-holds-barred, no-f*cks given interview with Vulture in which she spilled all sorts of behind-the-scenes Hollywood tea. Specifically, Huston was asked about Jack Nicholson, whom she was in a relationship with from 1973 to 1990. Although the 67-year-old actress no longer does drugs herself (other than smoking weed now and then), she recalled her ex’s cocaine usage when asked if he had been a “functional user.”
Very much so. Never took overt amounts. He was never a guzzler. I think Jack sort of used it, probably like Freud did, in a rather smart way. Jack always had a bit of a problem with physical lethargy. He was tired, and I think probably, at a certain age, a little bump would cheer him up. Like espresso.
Just like espresso! Later, when discussing her badass role in John Wick, Huston was asked why Nicholson no longer works. His last acting job was the 2010 film How Do You Know, in which he reunited with director James L. Brooks, who he had previously worked with on Terms of Endearment, Broadcast News, and As Good as It Gets. Unlike those aforementioned films, How Do You Know was both a critical and box office bomb — grossing $49 million on a $100 million budget.
If he’s not being offered anything as delicious as he has done in his past, why would he? He has enough money to live three lifetimes more, and particularly in the way that he lives; he doesn’t go out and spend tons of money buying fur coats for girls. I don’t even know if he buys art anymore. Also in terms of the work that’s out there, what are they going to give him, The Bucket List? That’s an insult. I told him, you don’t have to do The Bucket List stuff. Why don’t you play a great villain?
On that note, the interviewer brought up Robert De Niro, who has continued to act into his 70s even though his choice in acting roles is often … questionable, at best. “You don’t want to see Jack do that,” Huston quipped. “I don’t want to see Jack doing Meet the Fockers.” When asked if she thought De Niro continues to act because he needs the money, she basically committed straight up murder.
Although, how big can this nut be? I guess he has maybe a couple of ex-wives, right? Not many, but what does this fellow spend his money on? He’s got Nobu. He’s got the Tribeca Film Festival — he’s not spending the film money on that.
Pacino does some schlock. But in some way he’s forgiven, because he always goes out on a limb and does Salomé all by himself. Pacino is more experimental, I think. But Bobby, I don’t know the last thing that I’ve seen him in that I thought, Wow, he’s really cracking it.
Welp, there’s only one way to react to that.