Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson Together Again?

Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson: 'A Few Good Men' stars to be reunited in 'El Presidente'?

Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson together again in a movie named El Presidente? Well, that's a possibility. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cruise has been trying to convince his A Few Good Men co-star to play the title role in the comedy (for now) to be directed Doug Liman. Without naming names, the Reporter article mentions “sources” that claim Cruise wouldn't do the movie without Nicholson. Or so he supposedly said. (Image: Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson, and Tom Cruise in A Few Good Men.)

The story of a serious-minded secret service agent (Tom Cruise) assigned to protect a boozing, woman-crazy former U.S. president (Jack Nicholson), El Presidente apparently has escaped a few assassinations since casting rumors were first announced three years ago. Either that, or the president in question was shot dead and has recently been resurrected. Jay Roach (Meet the Fockers) was initially mentioned as the project's possible director; the currently attached Doug Liman directed Tom Cruise in the sci-fi thriller Edge of Tomorrow, which is scheduled to come out in North America in June 2014.

The original El Presidente screenplay was penned by The Daily Show writer Daniel J. Goor and Jesse Armstrong (In the Loop). Paul Attanasio (Quiz Show, The Good German) has been doing rewrites.

Movies featuring fictional U.S. presidents run the gamut from the dead serious – e.g., Otto Preminger's Advise and Consent (an ailing Franchot Tone) and John Frankenheimer's Seven Days in May (Fredric March, about to be deposed by a right-wing military coup) – to pseudo-liberal fluff like Rob Reiner's The American President, with Michael Douglas and Annette Bening, and Ivan Reitman's Dave, a sort of modernized The Prisoner of Zenda starring Kevin Kline as both a dissolute U.S. president and his honorable Common Man double.

Jack Nicholson movies

The most recent Jack Nicholson movie was How Do You Know, released in 2010. The 76-year-old, three-time Oscar winner (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Terms of Endearment, As Good As It Gets) is purportedly picky about any new projects. And he might as well be. Directed by James L. Brooks, and co-starring Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, and Paul Rudd, How Do You Know was a mammoth box office bomb: a $120 million-budgeted comedy that grossed less than $50 million worldwide as per figures found at Box Office Mojo.

Though lambasted by critics, Jack Nicholson's previous movie, the 2007 death-and-dying comedy The Bucket List, took in a respectable $175.37 million worldwide on a $45 million budget (not including marketing and distribution expenses). And before that, Nicholson was one of the stars in Martin Scorsese's 2006 Best Picture Academy Award winner The Departed, co-starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon.

In addition to the titles already mentioned in the paragraphs above, among Nicholson's movies of decades past are Dennis Hopper's Easy Rider (1969), with Hopper and Peter Fonda; Bob Rafelson's Five Easy Pieces (1970), opposite Karen Black; Hal Ashby's The Last Detail (1973), with Otis Young and Randy Quaid; Roman Polanski's Chinatown (1974), with Faye Dunaway and John Huston; Warren Beatty's Reds, co-starring Beatty and Diane Keaton; John Huston's Prizzi's Honor (1985), with Kathleen Turner and Anjelica Huston; and Tim Burton's Batman (1989), starring Michael Keaton in the title role and featuring Nicholson as The Joker.

Besides his three wins, Jack Nicholson has been nominated for nine other Academy Awards. The last time, in the Best Actor category, was for Alexander Payne's About Schmidt.

Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson, and Tom Cruise A Few Good Men image: Columbia Pictures.

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