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Hospital time useful for Jack

Los Angeles, Dec. 26 (AP): Jack Nicholson says he drew on his own experience in the hospital for his new film, The Bucket List.

Nicholson and Morgan Freeman co-star as cancer patients who decide to travel the world following their wish list of things to do before they die.

The film, a Warner Bros. release, was directed by Rob Reiner. “A lot of this movie was informed by my being not what I thought I would be, an excellent patient, but rather a poor one,” Nicholson told reporters recently, according to AP Radio.

“That happened by coincidence just before this movie,” Nicholson, 70, said. “Nothing as frightening as what these fellows had to go through.”

The actor has said he was in the hospital for a procedure that was not life-threatening.

Freeman, also 70, said one of the things on his bucket list was working with Nicholson.

“He’s a prince of a man. Wonderful to work with. Very, very professional, otherwise he wouldn’t be where he is,” Freeman said. “I’ve always thought that he’s just one of the best we’ve got.”

The Bucket List opened in limited release yesterday. The film will be in additional theatres on January 11.

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.

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