Los Angeles-based actor and director Patrick O'Sullivan spent a good part of his young life impersonating Christopher Walken, turning his talent into a successful stage show called All About Walken. The show lasted 2 1/2 years.
Now O'Sullivan is back, but with a new muse: Jack Nicholson.
And while All About Walken, was a labor of convenience, All About Jack is a pure labor of love.
"That happened because me and so many of my friends were impersonating Christopher Walken, but the Jack show happened because he is my favorite actor," O'Sullivan says.
In All About Jack, which is playing at Theater 68 on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, the players act out scenes of Nicholson's films. And they mix in interpretations of Nicholson's life, like his obsession with the L.A. Lakers.
Nicholson is known for yelling at the referees at Lakers' games.
"Sometimes when I'm taking the ball out of bounds, I just hear someone completely cursing the referees out. I mean, he's just laying into them. And I peep down and it's Jack," said Lakers' star Kobe Bryant on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien in June.
So for his stage show, O'Sullivan's castmate Jason Lewis acts out Nicholson yelling at the referee and mashed it up with a movie scene from A Few Good Men.
O'Sullivan has finessed his impersonation of Nicholson with the help of fellow castmembers, including William Joseph Hill.
"All ya do is drop the voice down a little bit and whisper," Hill says, doing his best Nicholson. "But it's hard to whisper on-stage 'cuz nobody can hear ya."
The only female Nicholson impersonator in the show, Amy Kelly, says her creepy impression of Nicholson is best "early in the morning, because you wake up and you're a little hoarse."
"I was asked that of all my prey," Kelly says, imitating Nicholson, also with her voice lowered, as Joker in the 1989 film version of Batman.
In All About Jack, O'Sullivan's impersonators even take movies that Nicholson did not star in, and they try to perform them as if Nicholson was cast in them. They'll do Nicholson's version of creepy in a romantic drama like Titanic or a romantic comedy like Love Actually. The impersonators even ask for audience suggestions for scenes in movies Nicholson wasn't in.
But for now, the real Nicholson hasn't had a chance to see the show, according to his agent. He says he's busy working on a new film — playing somebody else.