“'I improvised all the 'little pig' stuff. When I read it, it was in this period where I watched no television, I mean I knew Johnny Carson, but I'd never really… I didn't know what it meant: 'Here's Johnny…' Stanley found it insane that an American didn't know what this actually was coming from. But, no, I didn't improvise it: I think that was always written, but the rest of the scene was kind of improvised: 'Little pigs…'”—
Jack Nicholson, discussing his famous “Heeeeere’s Johnny!” line from The Shining in a June, 2009 interview with Nev Pierce for Empire magazine.
This recollection differs from an interview Nicholson gave nearly thirty years earlier.
“'Yeah, people loved that line. I remember Stanley wanted a funny line there. It was the most horrific scene in the movie, and he wanted to break it up. So I came up with that line. It holds a lot of essence of what we were trying to do.'”—
Jack Nicholson, discussing his famous “Heeeeere’s Johnny!” line from The Shining in an April, 1981 interview with Tim Cahill for Rolling Stone magazine.
This recollection differs from an interview he gave nearly thirty years later.