Simon Cowell’s first showbiz break: Polishing Jack Nicholson’s axe

Jack Nicholson, Simon Cowell

… and yes, we mean axe!

“American Idol” judge/record label executive Simon “Mr. Nasty” Cowell has not always been rich and famous. According to Britain’s The Sun, Cowell’s first showbiz job was actually behind the camera on Jack Nicholson’s 1980 horror flick “The Shining”.

Cowell’s half-brother Tony reveals to the tabloid: “He [Cowell] did plenty of menial jobs in those days and worked as a runner on The Shining. I remember him saying he used to clean Jack Nicholson’s axe between takes for the most famous scenes. He took it very seriously and was very proud. It was so shiny you could see your face in it”.


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