- Title: JAPAN: Hollywood star Jack Nicholson visits for film promotion
- Date: 1st May 2008
- Summary: TOKYO, JAPAN (APRIL 30, 2008) (REUTERS) ACTOR JACK NICHOLSON WALKING ON STAGE REPORTER ASKING QUESTIONS (SOUNDBITE) (English) JACK NICHOLSON, SAYING: "Many of my friends my own contemporaries have said in their life that they would like one last big romance to occur so that would be on my list also. I thought in the shower today it'd been many political things I'd like but of course I'm not in control of that. You know I'd like for the Muslim-Muslim conflict to stop, for them to stop using the West again both sides against it. Those kinds of general things. Cures, wonderful things I'd like to see my children graduate from college, you know regular things." NICHOLSON ON STAGE AND REPORTERS WATCHING (SOUNDBITE) (English) HOLLYWOOD ACTOR JACK NICHOLSON ASKING: "Suzanne, could you tell me what the title of the movie is here in Japan?" (SOUNDBITE) (English) AN INTERPRETER ANSWERING: "How to find a best life." (SOUNDBITE) (English) HOLLYWOOD ACTOR JACK NICHOLSON SAYING: "We always have this problem you know when you go to a foreign country. This this name which was sort of obscure to me 'The Bucket List,' you know, and it has to be explained in the film and I thought well, they'll probably change the title, but in the meanwhile, it has entered the the language of American, the political campaign. A lot of the candidates have mentioned their bucket list so I always, you know, that's kind of how to be nice, you know, is not that interesting. I don't know how it would register in Japan, but I often think that a foreign or exotic term -- it's like 'Rashomon' is a word in English, how they didn't have to change the title, and so I'm always sort of against changing the title, but it's not my job." CAMERA OPERATOR FILMING
- Embargoed: 18th May 2008 03:04
- Location: Japan
- Country: Japan
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment
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- Story Text: Three-time Oscar winner Jack Nicholson attended a film promotion event in Tokyo on Wednesday (April 30) in time for the Japan opening of his latest film "The Bucket List," starring Nicholson and Morgan Freeman.
"We always have this problem you know when you go to a foreign country," said Nicholson, who hasn't visited Japan in 14 years, when his interpreter told him that the Japanese subtitle for the film is "How To Find A Best Life."
"I often think that a foreign or exotic term, it's like 'Rashomon' is a word in English, how they didn't have to change the title, and so I'm always sort of against changing the title, but it's not my job," added Nicholson as the reporters broke into laughter.
Nicholson and Freeman, both Oscar winners, both in their 70s and champions of their craft, play cancer patients, who share the same cramped hospital room and same incurable disease, looking to live their last days to the fullest.
The film opened in the U.S. on January 11 and has sold 19.5 million U.S. dollars worth of tickets during the first three days of the opening weekend.
Nicholson plays the millionaire owner of a hospital chain whose motto is two patients to every room. He then gets trapped into a friendship with Freeman, the black owner of a garage, who had to drop out of college early to support his family, when the two are assigned the same room.
Freeman's character has the idea of making a "bucket list" of all the things he'd like to do before dying and Nicholson finances the trip for both of them as their friendship blossoms.
Though Nicholson claims he does not have an actual "Bucket List," he mentioned that he would like to have "one last big romance" and other wishes to be included.
"I thought in the shower today it'd been many political things I'd like but of course I'm not in control of that," Nicholson told reporters noting that he would also like for the "muslim-muslim conflicts" to end. "I'd like to see my children graduate from college, you know regular things," he added.
Nicholson has recently assembled some of his more famous film roles in an Internet video endorsing U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton that has been viewed more than 1 million times.
The video uses clips of the three-time Oscar winner in movies like "Chinatown" and "The Shining" to praise Clinton's health-care plan and ability to lead the country at a time of war.
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