People: Jul. 21, 2003

FRERE JACK

When JACK NICHOLSON addressed striking French actors who interrupted his film shoot in Paris last week, he might have been overcome by feelings of labor solidarity from playing Jimmy Hoffa in a 1992 biopic. Standing on a bridge over the Seine, Nicholson grabbed a bullhorn and tried to persuade strikers to allow work on his untitled romantic comedy to proceed. But after listening to his comrades' complaints, the star shouted in broken French, "The struggle continues!" Nicholson was both diplomatic and prophetic. Two days later France's two most popular summer arts festivals were cancelled because of the strike.

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