INSIDE EVERY MAN THERE ARE TWO PEOPLE – ONE GOOD, ONE BEAST.
Publishing editor Will Randall (Jack Nicholson) is bitten by a wolf in Vermont; in the following days, as he falls victim to workplace intrigue, Will realizes that he’s going through strange changes… Jim Harrison, who came up with the story, wasn’t happy about the final results, but this is nevertheless an adult, romantic, urban and intriguing horror movie that takes clever advantage of the werewolf myth. Takes on the shape of a dream at times; not really scary, but Rick Baker’s effects are excellent. Nicholson is the perfect choice to play the editor who finds his transformation a chance to assert himself at work – and with women. James Spader is superb as his ingratiating competitor.
1994-U.S. 122 min. Color. Produced by Douglas Wick. Directed by Mike Nichols. Screenplay: Jim Harrison, Wesley Strick. Makeup: Rick Baker, and others. Cast: Jack Nicholson (Will Randall), Michelle Pfeiffer (Laura Alden), James Spader (Stewart Swinton), Kate Nelligan, Christopher Plummer, Richard Jenkins… Eileen Atkins, David Hyde Pierce, Om Puri, David Schwimmer, Allison Janney.
Trivia: Mia Farrow and Sharon Stone were allegedly considered for a part.
Last word: “The difference between [Nicholson] and other actors is that Jack’s underneath is on the surface. He’s kind of a walking id, wild and sophisticated at the same time. The wolf that he becomes is one of delicacy and sensibility, not a mad creature roaming the night and tearing throats out.” (Nichols, EmanuelLevy.com)