Eileen Atkins discusses Jack Nicholson’s ‘ridiculous’ reaction to learning that his fly had been undone.
On the set of 1994’s Wolf, EILEEN ATKINS stated she surprised Jack Nicholson’s entourage when she told him his flies were undone.
Eileen Atkins, 87, described the cast and crew of the 1990s picture Wolf’s reaction after she notified fellow actor Jack Nicholson, 84, that his flies were undone. The Doc Martin actress revealed she wasn’t embarrassed to tell him, but everyone else in the room was taken aback by her bravado.
For the rest of the world, you’d think I’d taken off the Pope’s robes and shown his knickers.
Eileen Atkins is a writer.
The actress recalled meeting The Shining legend for the first time in a recent interview.
“When I worked on [the 1994 thriller]Wolf, Jack Nicholson was escorted onto the set by five people,” she recalled.
“Getting to know him was impossible.”
“It was only a few minutes after we’d met that I realized his flies were undone, and we were going to do a shot.”
“As a result, I informed him.”
“Jack couldn’t have cared less, said thank you, and zipped himself up,” she continued.
“But you’d think I’d lifted the Pope’s robes and revealed his underwear to everyone else.”
She rolled her eyes and exclaimed, “Ridiculous!”
It could have something to do with his celebrity in the acting world, and Eileen is grateful that her celebrity is manageable.
“We went on a shopping trip in Bath and everyone was coming up to Judi,” she said, referring to her close pal and former Cranford (the period drama that earned Eileen a Bafta and an Emmy) co-star Judi Dench.
“I wondered to myself, ‘How can she stand it?'”
I blend in lot better with the crowd!”
“However, when I’m stopped, it’s almost always for Doc Martin, which is annoying,” she added.
She confessed she would rather be remembered as a stage actor than for her work on cinema, noting humbly that this is “very snooty” of her.
She told Radio Times, “In America, I’m stopped in the street because I’m a theatre performer.”
“Then I’m having a blast!”
I have the impression they are a different kind of person, which is snobbish of me.”