Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman team up

Mon Dec 24, 2007 7:46am EST
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By Arthur Spiegelman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - For those tired of bleak and scary movies this Christmas, veteran actors Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freedman suggest an alternative.

Nicholson and Freeman, both Oscar winners, both in their 70s and champions of their craft, think "The Bucket List," their film about a couple of mismated old guys who share the same cramped hospital room and same incurable disease -- cancer -- could be the most inspiring movie of the season.

Cancer usually doesn't produce laughs, nor does being old and cranky. But Nicholson, in a recent joint interview with Freeman, said they might have stumbled onto something -- a feel good movie about all the things that make people feel bad.

"I put on a screening for friends and I saw four or five people reconciling in the lobby," Nicholson said. "I think we are on to something -- our film may be the only upper out there."

Nicholson plays the millionaire owner of a hospital chain whose motto is two patients to every room. He then gets trapped into a friendship with Freeman, the black owner of a garage, who had to drop out of college early to support his family, when the two are assigned the same room.

Freeman's character has the idea of making a "bucket list" of all the things he'd like to do before dying and Nicholson finances the trip for both of them as their friendship blossoms.

"Like the hippies used to say, everyone's dying whether they know it or not," Nicholson said as both he and Freeman broke into laughter.

Advanced reviews have been mixed. Newsday described it as "a sodden comedy," while Variety complained that the film had "not an ounce of reality," but would probably be a hit anyway.   Continued...

<p>Cast members (L-R) Jack Nicholson, Beverly Todd and Morgan Freeman pose at the premiere of "The Bucket List" at the Cinerama Dome in Los Angeles December 16, 2007. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>