Watch Jack Nicholson speak about green energy back in 1978
American actor Jack Nicholson is accepted as one of the most celebrated actors ever to grace the silver screen, finding fame playing Jack Torrance in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining and R.P. McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Though he has now retired from acting, he remains recognised as one of the most iconic and influential actors of the 20th century, lending his talents to everything from independent projects to big-budget blockbusters.
Such was proven back in 1978 when Nicholson appeared on the show Marketplace to popularise the concept of environmentally-friendly automobiles. Speaking the praises of Hydrogen-powered cars, which were made through solar power, the Hollywood icon states in the retro clip: “This change in process right here, will take 58% of the air pollution out of every city in the world…the economy might change, the politics of the world…there are a lot of very good things that could from using the power of the sun”.
He even, somewhat distastefully jokes about how it will “revolutionise suicide, instead of carbon monoxide poisoning, you’ll just get a steam trail”.
Many years later, Nicholson’s comments about the environment seem very ahead of their time, with his co-star in the Martin Scorsese movie The Departed, Leonardo DiCaprio, being a significant environmental activist in the urgent need for eco-consciousness in modern society.