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April 23, 2020

Watch Jack Nicholson Prepping for the Infamous Axe Scene in 'The Shining' (1980)

Here’s behind-the-scenes footage of Jack Nicholson muttering, running in place, and taking practice chops in preparation for the famous “Here’s Johnny!” scene in The Shining.

In the video which has been online since 2011, Nicholson isn’t so much warming up for the scene as he is winding himself up into a frenzy, saying “C’mon, c’mon,” and bouncing up and down as he clenches his fists. You can see him become Jack Torrance right before your eyes, and the transition from “behind the scenes” into actual filming is almost seamless.

The axe wielded by Nicholson in the classic horror film has sold at an auction in London for £170,000, or around $209,000, according to The Independent. The prop sold for four times its original estimated selling price at the Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction.


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