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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Jack Nicholson is about to learn if Nebraska, which boasts ``The Good Life'' as its state motto, is as good as it gets.

The Academy Award-winning actor will be in Omaha to work in director Alexander Payne's new film, ``About Schmidt.'' Shooting dates have not yet been set.

Nicholson will play the title role in the film version of Louis Begley's novel, Payne said.

The actor has won Oscars for ``One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,'' ``Terms of Endearment'' and ``As Good as It Gets.''

Payne, an Omaha native, filmed his movies ``Citizen Ruth'' and ``Election'' in Nebraska.