Ever since they shared screen time in the 1997 heist flick “Blood and Wine,” actors Stephen Dorff and Jack Nicholson have remained close friends. Their relationship may not necessarily be “bromance” territory, but it’s close enough that Dorff has shared his career ups and downs with the Oscar winner, and asked for his advice over the years. When MTV News caught up with Dorff recently to talk about his critically acclaimed new film “Somewhere” — a role that he called the most challenging of his career — he said he thinks the flick is one Nicholson will really enjoy.
“I think he’s going to really love this movie because to me it’s a film that isn’t made anymore today,” Dorff explained. “It’s such a character piece and I think he’ll identify with it so much.
“After we won Venice, I remember telling him how excited I was,” he recalled. “And he’s like, ‘Way to go, Dorff!’ ”
We then brought up the fact that Nicholson has taken several actors under his wing over the years — pointing out to Dorff that the Hollywood legend had taken an interest in “Mad Men” actress January Jones when she was first starting out.
“Well, he takes an interest in a lot of women, let’s be honest,” Dorff responded with a chuckle. “He definitely took me under his wing. I think it’s rare for Jack to take a young guy under his wing — he’s not hanging out with too many guys.
“He did do that with Sean Penn and he’s definitely given me great advice over the years,” Dorff added. “I always feel like I have him as a friend and he’ll show up if he can. And he’s always been my favorite actor, so for me, he’s a friend, and it’s nice to get a little starstruck still. It keeps me remembering who I am and where I am, and Jack’s still somebody that makes me a little nervous.”
If Dorff has his way, he and his buddy Jack will take their friendship to the big screen via a comedy the younger actor is hoping to make with Adam Sandler’s production company.
“It’s a very funny comedy idea for me and him set in the South of France,” Dorff told the UK’s target="_blank">Independent newspaper last month. “We’re not in script form yet but I wrote the treatment and they’ve already bought it so as soon as I get a break from working, I’ll turn that into a script and I’ll go and tell Jack. … And I’ll get Sony to give him his $15 million and then we’ll go and make the movie — because he likes money.”
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