There was a whole lotta howling going on at the “Wolf” premiere at the New York Hilton the other night. Sure, some of it came from men surrounding TV monitors broadcasting the Rangers’ final game, which Columbia Pictures wisely set up right outside the Grand Ballroom. Even Jack Nicholson paid more attention to hockey than promoting his movie, hanging around the TV sets with Harvey Keitel, smoking. But a lot of it was gaping women wanting to get near Jack and his well-documented animal magnetism.
“He’s totally my fantasy,” admitted Donna Karan within earshot of her husband. “You know Jack could totally take charge, and that the wolf really is him. He’s just — sexy.” “I’d watch him do anything,” agreed Nora Ephron. Doug Wick, who produced “Wolf,” explained it from the male perspective. “Mike Nichols and I decided that all men have two personalities: the personality they have every day, and then the guy who’s on the make. The thing about Jack is — he only has one.”
Columbia chairman Mark Canton agreed: “Jack’s a wolf in wolf’s clothing.”
Jack, as usual, was saying nothing. He didn’t have to.