After William Boyd's novel Armadillo made loss adjusting almost sexy, Hollywood is about to do the same for actuaries.

None other than Oscar-winning womaniser Jack Nicholson will soon take to the silver screen as a retired actuary who falls apart after the death of his wife, in the film "About Schmidt".

While promoting the film at Cannes last week he was asked what he thought of the role.

"It was the most miserable role I have ever had in my life. I couldn't look at myself in the mirror for the whole three months."

Enough said.