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Cowell 'got break cleaning 'Shining' axe'

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Cowell 'got break cleaning 'Shining' axe'
Simon Cowell's first job in showbusiness was reportedly to clean the infamous axe used by Jack Nicholson in The Shining.

Speaking on BBC Radio 3, the music mogul's half-brother Tony claimed that Cowell had worked as a runner on the movie, which was filmed at Elstree Studios.

"It was only a stone's throw away from where we grew up," he explained. "I well remember him saying he used to clean Jack Nicholson's axe in between takes for the most famous scenes.

"He took great pride in it, you could see your face in it, it was so shiny. It's a far cry from where he is now. I think the only thing he shines these days are his teeth."

The Shining, which was based on the novel by Stephen King and directed by Stanley Kubrick, is widely regarded to be one of the best horror movies in history.

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