Scott Edwards, author of QUINTESSENTIAL JACK: THE ART OF JACK NICHOLSON ON SCREEN will be at The Learned Owl Book Shop on Saturday, May 12, from 1-3pm to sign his new book. Despite the usual tightly controlled protection of the superstar, Edwards uses interviews and comments by many Nicholson colleagues to present an analytical yet accessible view of one of the most popular and respected actors of the past fifty years. “When I spoke with Mr. Nicholson’s agent Sandy Bressler about ten years ago, he told me the project would be tough to get off the ground,” Edwards recalled. “He was certainly right, in that people originally willing to talk clammed up.” Still, Quintessential Jack features the insights of actors Mews Small (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest); James Hong (Chinatown, The Two Jakes); Millie Perkins and Gary Kent (Ride in the Whirlwind, The Shooting); Shirley Knight (As Good As It Gets); Joe Turkel and Barry Dennen (The Shining); Michael Margotta (Nicholson’s debut as director Drive, He Said); Nancy Allen (The Last Detail); Peter Fonda (The Trip, Easy Rider); Bruce Dern (Rebel Rousers, The King of Marvin Gardens); and Monkees Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork (Head). “To find out more about the characters played by Nicholson,” the author explained, “I talked with several Apollo astronauts about Terms of Endearment, a psychologist about the portrayal of mental illnesses in film, a Hells Angel leader, and even original Batman Adam West.”
Quintessential Jack is a critical study that examines each of Nicholson’s film roles, as well as his scriptwriting and directorial efforts, both little known aspects of his creative contributions.
Scott Edwards is an advertising creative director and copywriter. He studied communications and film history at The University of Pennsylvania, and has attended many industry events, including The Cannes Film Festival, The Toronto International Film Festival and The Cleveland International Film Festival. He has an extensive collection of cinema collectibles and memorabilia, which began when he entered the movie business at age eleven changing marquees, selling popcorn and sweeping aisles at a small neighborhood theatre managed by his father in upstate New York. He currently lives in Canton, Ohio.