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Jack Nicholson on making pancakes and being a 'sex legend'

Nov. 6, 2012 at 2:57 PM ET

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Jack Nicholson in Los Angeles in 2010.

At 75, with a successful and celebrated Hollywood career under his belt, there can't be a lot that Jack Nicholson wishes he could change about his life.

But when asked what he wishes he knew when he was 18, the three-time Oscar winner opened up to The Sun newspaper about a couple of things -- pancakes and sex.

"What I wish I knew at 18? Everything -- from wishing I learned a foreign language to becoming a good chef," Nicholson said before launching into a story about his kitchen credentials.

"I was a short order cook for a while in New Jersey in between acting jobs. One day, a woman came in to ask for pancakes and my pancake came out about 3 inches thick. She said: 'What the hell is this?' I lost my temper, hit the pancake and said, 'Make your own damn pancakes!'

"So you can add wishing I knew how to control my temper to that list."

With the restaurant and temper scenario top of mind, we can't help but show this classic diner scene from the 1970 film "Five Easy Pieces." The man just wanted some toast.

Nicholson also addresses what the article refers to as his reputation as a womanizer.

"I am an extreme person," the actor told The Sun. "If someone says, 'Jack, you are a womanizer,' I don’t deny it. But the life of a gigolo always ends badly. That is one of the reasons I feel uncomfortable about all that 'sex legend' stuff.

"I no longer have the energy to both work and fool around. So the last few movies I’ve done, I have hardly left the hotel at nights."

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