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TCM...Jack Nicholson...Easy Rider + Last Detail

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by Joe Strummer, Feb 22, 2013.

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  1. Joe Strummer

    Joe Strummer VIP Whale

    Apr 4, 2006
    Thought I'd give a "heads up" on two good
    Jack Nicholson movies.
    ( I just finished his unauthorized bio --- so,
    I'm looking for "Five Easy Pieces" but found these
    two gems ! )
    It's very late night, on this Saturday - so tune those DVR's !
    Something I didn't know until I read Jack's bio
    Jack was not cast for "Easy Rider".
    He was sent to the movie location to watch over production costs.
    That was Jack's specialty ( learned on Roger Corman sets ).
    Rip Torn was cast as the role - that Jack ends up playing.
    Rip Torn kept wanting re-writes of his lines.
    Dennis Hopper became furious ( drunk + stoned, too ! )
    and they argued.
    Rip Torn finally said, "Screw your little movie - I'm leaving ! "
    Fonda + Hopper didn't want Jack -- but the producer
    said "Him or there is no more money ! "
    During the camp out scene where they smoke pot -
    Jack blows his lines -- Hopper did not edit it out.
    Apparently, they WERE smoking pot + high.
    Jack said, "What you don't see is Dennis Hopper, off camera,
    trying to make me laugh, the whole time."
    And of course, Jack starts stealing the movie --
    ( as they see watching Daily Rushes )
    so Fonda + Hopper "write him out ".
    I'll probably watch until Jack's out of the movie.
    " Last Detail '"
    I can watch that movie all the way thru !:thumbsup:
  2. merlin

    merlin VIP Whale

    Aug 1, 2009
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Last detail is a classic, early Nicholson at his best.
  3. hammie

    hammie VIP Whale

    Sep 18, 2006
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    The Last Detail, a favorite, classic 70's movie. Check out a young Randy Quaid, about 60 lbs. leaner.

    Another Jack Nicholson movie I liked, but kind of got panned, "Goin' South". It had a small role for John Belushi. Mary Steenburgen is kinda sexy hot in this flick.
  4. redzone

    redzone Low-Roller

    Jan 13, 2009
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Two of my all time favorite Nicholson scenes are the court scene from " A Few Good Men" and this exchange with a waitress in " Five Easy Pieces"

    Dupea: I'd like a plain omelette, no potatoes, tomatoes instead, a cup of coffee, and wheat toast.

    Waitress: (She points to the menu) No substitutions.

    Dupea: What do you mean? You don't have any tomatoes?

    Waitress: Only what's on the menu. You can have a number two - a plain omelette. It comes with cottage fries and rolls.

    Dupea: Yeah, I know what it comes with. But it's not what I want.

    Waitress: Well, I'll come back when you make up your mind.

    Dupea: Wait a minute. I have made up my mind. I'd like a plain omelette, no potatoes on the plate, a cup of coffee, and a side order of wheat toast.

    Waitress: I'm sorry, we don't have any side orders of toast...an English muffin or a coffee roll.

    Dupea: What do you mean you don't make side orders of toast? You make sandwiches, don't you?

    Waitress: Would you like to talk to the manager?

    Dupea: ...You've got bread and a toaster of some kind?

    Waitress: I don't make the rules.

    Dupea: OK, I'll make it as easy for you as I can. I'd like an omelette, plain, and a chicken salad sandwich on wheat toast, no mayonnaise, no butter, no lettuce. And a cup of coffee.

    Waitress: A number two, chicken sal san, hold the butter, the lettuce and the mayonnaise. And a cup of coffee. Anything else?

    Dupea: Yeah. Now all you have to do is hold the chicken, bring me the toast, give me a check for the chicken salad sandwich, and you haven't broken any rules.

    Waitress: You want me to hold the chicken, huh?

    Dupea: I want you to hold it between your knees.

    Waitress (turning and telling him to look at the sign that says, "No Substitutions") Do you see that sign, sir? Yes, you'll all have to leave. I'm not taking any more of your smartness and sarcasm.

    Dupea: You see this sign? (He sweeps all the water glasses and menus off the table.)
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