Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining Had A Surprising Second Choice For Jack Torrance If Jack Nicholson Said No


A list of the most memorable performances of all time is incomplete without mention of Jack Nicholson’s turn as Jack Torrance in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. There is no more iconic cinematic descent into madness than what he delivers in the film, and it’s hard to imagine what the movie would be without his particular magic as an actor. Unsurprisingly, this was an outlook that Kubrick shared in the development of the film (hence the casting), but the legendary filmmaker did have one other name that he considered as a backup choice: Kris Kristofferson.

This interesting bit of trivia about The Shining comes from some recent myth debunking performed by Snopes. The website analyzed a well-spread story that Robin Williams was among the actors who were considered by Stanley Kubrick as alternates to play Jack Torrance, and filmmaker Lee Unkrich provided the truth for them.



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