George Miller – The Witches of Eastwick: “Jack is extraordinary”

George Miller - The Witches of Eastwick: "Jack is amazing"
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In September 1987, the director of Mad Max told in Première that he loved directing Jack Nicholson. Flashback.

After passing by Sunday night with the evil Claus Von Bülow, played by Jeremy Irons, make way for the Devil himself: Jack Nicholson returns this evening on Arte in The Witches of Eastwick. A highly successful adaptation of John Updike’s eponymous book by george miller (madmax), whose three heroines are played by Expensive, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer. They embody mischievous and independent young women, who languish in the very puritanical little town of Eastwick where many witches accused of trading with the Devil were once burned. Our three beauties get together every weekend and happily chatter away about everyone and everything. Until the day when an extravagant character, a certain Daryl van Horne, settles in the most sumptuous residence in the city…

When it was released in 1987, First was full of praise for this rich work. It should have originally been worn by Bill Murray, but after seeing Nicholson’s extraordinary performance, it’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role! Here is an excerpt from Michèle Halberstadt’s review:The Witches of Eastwick is a frankly funny comedy where the characters owe a lot to the charm of their interpreters. The three witches are beautiful and witty, each in her own way. As for the Devil, he does Nicholson, that is to say he does tons of it, but all with such panache, such jubilation, that we let ourselves be bewitched.

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A few pages later, during a long portrait of George Miller, the Australian filmmaker explained why this actor had been obvious for this role in particular: “I should have understood him by looking at his acting choices. His way of interpreting characters that go against fashion, for an actor of his age, cannot be misleading. You can’t play like that, give yourself totally to his profession, without possessing a great inner beauty. I discovered someone extremely wise and profoundly kind. No other American actor is today capable of playing this role. In order to find the right tone of Van Horne, we worked closely together. We ended up agreeing that he was a Devil closer to the pre-Christian conception of the demon, less satanic than in the imaginary that was later imposed Jack is extraordinary (…) He who has made so many films is still in love with his job and just as enthusiastic. He has no fear, no prejudice, unlike many actors who, as they grow older , try to protect themselves by making more timorous choices. it’s the contrary. And in addition, he has achieved a breathtaking technical mastery of acting. If there was a perfect world, Jack would be the perfect actor.”

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