"I have had everything a man could ask for but no one could say I'm successful with affairs of the heart. People are necessarily complex and confused beings.
We don't always do the right thing, say the right thing and behave the way we always want to behave." Nicholson's routine these days involves sleeping until 1pm and then having a glass of milk to soothe his stomach.
The brilliant star of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Chinatown and The Shining had prepared the ground to some extent, by announcing two years ago he was retiring from acting — later denying reports it was because he could no longer remember his lines. And, after a lifetime of using and abusing women, he is reportedly terrified that he might have to spend his last years alone.
For years, he was the only celebrity who had the honour of a front row seat at home games of the LA Lakers.
This week, it was made clear just how much the years have caught up with Jack the Lad.
Rather than partying all night as he used to, his nights are spent in watching films with friends.
Nicholson said: "No woman has ever recognised what I say as being legitimate – they don't trust me.
Once again, this year's Golden Globes award ceremony - held at the weekend - lacked the mercurial and charismatic presence of Jack Nicholson flashing his devilish grin on the red carpet.