By EW Staff
Updated January 11, 2008 05:00 AM
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The Bucket List garnered some early attention this winter, when Jack Nicholson showed up at the Oscars with a shaved dome, having just removed all his hair to play a cancer patient in Rob Reiner’s Christmas dramedy. ”He’s not bald through the whole film, just one section,” Reiner promises. ”He’s got hair.” The story opens with Nicholson bunking in the hospital with another terminal patient, played by Morgan Freeman; together they write a list of all the things they want to do before they kick the bucket, and then they go do them. ”It’s all about ‘Where would you like to go, and what would you like to do if you were dying?”’ Freeman says. ”Breakfast in Paris? Dinner in Hong Kong? These guys jump out of airplanes, they drive fast cars, they climb the pyramids, they ride motorcycles on the Great Wall of China.” For Freeman, the project’s main attraction was working with Nicholson (”I’ve been in love with him for years”), and, according to Reiner, Nicholson was eager to work with Freeman in turn. ”They got along unbelievably well,” Reiner says. ”The last day, we finished the last shot, and Morgan looked at Jack and said, ‘This has been a dream come true for me,’ and Jack said, ‘Likewise.’ And then they hugged each other.”