Have you ever wondered what the origin of Jack Nicholson’s casting and representation of the Joker in Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman movie was? No? You just figured it was a normal thing, and, like, Jack Nicholson was just an actor and probably was cast following the same narrative that most well-known actors are cast in film roles? Well, you are wrong! Kind of! There is a little more to the story than what you think, at least! From Art Info:

In 1980, while scheming a silver screen pitch for bringing the grittier version of the “Batman” to Hollywood, [Michael] Uslan came across a promotional image of Nicholson’s character from “The Shining” in the New York Post, in his iconic pose: eyes bulging, and head bursting through the door frame yelling “Here’s Johnny!” Uslan painted over the image with whiteout and transformed Nicholson’s furious features into that of the clownish villain.

WHITE OUT! Thank you Michael Nesmith’s mom for allowing Batman producer Michael Uslan to come across this wonderful Joker discovery. That piece of newsprint is soon going up for auction, if any of you would like to own this little slice of movie trivia history, but for the rest of us: DO YOU ALSO WANT TO COLOR ON THIS PICTURE OF JACK NICHOLSON?

Jack Nicholson as Taylor Momson:

Jack Nicholson as Steve Buscemi eyes meme:

Jack Nicholson as More Sand:

AND NOW IT IS YOUR TURN! Please play this fun game with me, who even knows what producers have access to Videogum.com and are looking for Jack’s next big break! (Via BlameItOn.)

Comments (27)
  1. Jack Nicholson as Christian Slater as Jack Nicholson?

  2. If I was at home I would be all over this with my photoshoppin’, but alas, I can only suggest someone do up Nicholson as that defaced Gwyneth Paltrow food(?) ad. You guys know the one.

    That, or someone should do him up as Daniel Craig with long hair from the ’80s.

  3. Michael Uslan was Gabe’s generation’s Perez Hilton.

  4. There’s got to be a way to put Kelly in that photo…

  5. Jack Nicholson as Cher, Michelle Pfieffer and Susan Sarandon’s lover. Has this been done before?

  6. Jack as Jim Breuer in Half Baked.

  7. Jack Nicholson as a walrus who loves the great taste of Subway.

    Subway: Eat Fresh.

  8. Heeeeeeeeeere’s a flower!

    • That would have been so much funnier if the picture had actually posted.

      • There’s some trick to this, isn’t there? All those times I laughed as someone tried to post a picture on Videogum and it blew up in their faces, and people would say, “There’s a trick to it!” And I never listened.

        • Try opening up your computer and blowing in it. That tends to fix things.

        • Just post the direct link, it ends in dot jpeg or dot gif or dot png

        • So the long version is that I took that old pic of the kid lunging at Megan Fox with a rose in his hand, and I photoshopped Jack Nicholson’s “heeeeere’s Johnny” face onto the kid, and it’s a pretty good photoshop job if I do say so, I mean I’m not bragging, it probably wouldn’t fool Jack Nicholson’s wife, but it might fool Megan Fox. And then so the punchline: “Heeeeeeere’s a flower!” And you imagine Jack Nicholson saying it in his Jack Nicholson voice, and basically you’ll all have to trust me on this but it would have been REALLY funny, and everyone would have upvoted me, and some clever poster like facetaco or maybe FLW would have chimed in with a re-shopped version where both the kid AND Megan Fox had Jack Nicholson faces, and it turned into a kind of a meme, and everyone loved it, and I got Editor’s Choice pick at the Monster’s Ball.

  9. It’s a true, great Hollywood story b/c they forgot to tell him how the Joker was supposed to act, and it just came out as Jack Nicholson playing Jack Nicholson in white make-up.

  10. all work and no donkey sauce makes Jack a TRIPLE D DUDE!!

  11. I find this story OFFENSIVE as it describes Hollywood titans in a way that makes them seem both childish and unimaginative, as if that combination were even possible. Like the dullest, stupidest, most literal-minded, craven children ever to live. Numbskulls. Who lie and lie in the most baldfaced way and are morons and think everyone else alive is even dumber and meanwhile they are lying morons.

    And that can’t be true of our Hollywood titans. NO.

  12. Then he cut the nose off of the picture and sent it back in time to Roman Polanski

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