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Jack Nicholson drew on his own experience as hospital patient for ‘The Bucket List’

The Associated Press
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This photo released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows actors, from left to right, Jack Nicholson, Ian Anthony Dale and Morgan Freeman in a scene from "The Bucket List." (AP Photos/Warner Bros. Pictures, Sidney Baldwin)

LOS ANGELES ” Jack Nicholson says he drew on his own experience in the hospital for his new film, “The Bucket List,” which has a special showing in Aspen on Wednesday.

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 wasn’t life-threatening.

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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 Tuesday and shows Wednesday at Aspen’s Harris Concert Hall as part of the Aspen Film Academy Screenings. Showtime is 5:30 p.m.

The film will be in additional theaters Jan. 11.

Nicholson, incidentally, owns a home in Aspen.