The Bucket List
Easter Monday at 8.30pm
The Bucket List
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes
Director: Rob Reiner
The Bucket List sees a professor (Freeman) suggest his students compose a 'bucket list', a collection of all the things they want to do, see and experience in life before they kick the bucket - and before reality gets in the way as it did in his own life. Billionaire Edward Cole (Nicholson) never sees a list without a bottom line. He's always too busy making money and building an empire.
Then life delivers an urgent and unexpected wake-up call to them both, and the two strangers find themselves sharing a hospital room. Against doctor's advice, they hit the road to complete their bucket lists together. Experiencing the adventure of a lifetime, they prove that sometimes people just need a deadline to get their life in gear.
Freeman was genuinely taken by the script, and came back with a casting suggestion Reiner already had in mind: Jack Nicholson as Edward Cole. "If we're talking about personal bucket lists," Freeman avows, "working alongside Jack Nicholson would certainly be on mine."
Freeman, who stars as Carter, suggests, "You bond to people with whom you have something in common and these two have something very important in common. They are holding the rest of their lives in their hands and they both know it. When Carter meets Edward, he is offered an opportunity to do things differently for the first time, to go his own way. For a man who feels he's spent his life doing what's best for everyone else, that's very powerful."