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A turn, a snap, a fall: Signatures of the stars
A turn, a snap, a fall: Signatures of the stars

Jack Nicholson called them "Dernsies." At least, he did when referring to Bruce Dern, the "Nebraska" star who appeared in the 1971 film "Drive, He Said," which Nicholson directed. So what are "Dernsies"? "It's not something I set out to do and not something I plan to do," says Dern. "It's just something the character comes up with that the screenwriter did not put on the page. An interjection or snapping my fingers down at my side. I did that in 'Drive, He Said' to let everyone know this basketball coach I was playing had a little game. It's just embroidery that enhanced the story — and Nicholson...

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