(LONDON) -- Jack Nicholson has a well-earned reputation as being the eternally cool ladies man, but an extensive interview with Britain's Daily Mail reveals a 73-year-old actor who is still nervous he won't be good enough before he starts any role, and one who longs for love.
The loss of his good friend and Easy Rider co-star Dennis Hopper last year hit Nicholson hard. He tells the newspaper, "One of the toughest parts of aging is losing your friends. At first it starts quietly, then pretty soon it's every month, and you can't help but think,'When is that bell going to go off for me?'" Nicholson admits, "...you feel this constant loss. At this time of life, you feel just a sword's point from death. It's frightening -- who wants to face God and the clear white light? I know I definitely don't. Yet."
And while he's rumored to have been with thousands of women -- "Hell, I don't count!" when the interviewer suggests the tally -- at this point in his life, he longs for the one thing he doesn't think he'll have: love: "I've had everything a man could ask for," he says, "but I don't know if anyone could say I'm successful with affairs of the heart. I don't know why. I would love that one last real romance. But I'm not very realistic about it happening. What I can't deny is my yearning...There were points in my life where I felt oddly irresistible to women. I'm not in that state now and that makes me sad. But I also believe that a lot of the improvements in my character have come through aging and the diminishing of powers. It's all a balancing act; you just have to get used to the ride."
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