As we all know, Jack Nicholson likes to keep his media mystique at full twinkle by steering clear of talk shows, Hollywood red carpet interviews and all but the rarest of print profile pieces. Still, it’s surprising to find the actor absent from the upcoming feature documentary Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction.
The 86-year-old Stanton is one of Nicholson’s oldest and dearest friends, right up there with Robert Evans and Warren Beatty. Given that the movie’s two show-stopping scenes are casual filmed conversations between Stanton and repeat collaborators David Lynch and Kris Kristofferson, we wondered what efforts were made to secure Jack’s participation.
“Harry personally asked Nicholson to be in the film,” director Sophie Huber told FishbowlNY following a Sunday afternoon screening at the Los Angeles Film Festival attended by Stanton. “But… I’m going to try and get Nicholson to do PR for the film when it comes out later this year as sort of a revenge for not being in it.”
Ha ha. Don’t expect a “Heeeeere’s Harry!” promo. But a rave-quote from Nicholson could do wonders for the box office fortunes of this tender portrait. Following yesterday’s screening, Stanton delighted the crowd by performing with guitar accompaniment a pair of songs including the theme from 1984’s Paris, Texas.