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Interview: Bill Nighy on the Appeal of ‘Living’

Who doesn’t adore Bill Nighy? Whether it’s in a Richard Curtis film like About Time, Love Actually, or Pirate Radio, on down the line to franchises like Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, or Underworld, he’s a staple of cinema. Throw in a cult classic like The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, among many other credits, and Nighy is consistently turning in outstanding work. So, it’s no surprise that his dramatic turn in Living has not just gotten him acclaim, but major Oscar buzz as well. Recently, I sat down with him on Zoom for a few minutes to discuss the flick. Today, that conversation comes your way…

In review of the movie from back at the Toronto International Film Festival (here), I had this to say about Nighy’s performance in Living:

Bill Nighy has never been better than he is here. Nighy never strikes a false note in playing this character who comes alive as his time runs short. The actor is best known for lighter fare like About Time and Love Actually for Richard Curtis, but he’s aces in Living, truly.

Below, you can see my chat with Nighy. Not only do we talk about Living, one of his best performances to date, but at the end, I made sure to mention that his daughter Mary Nighy had brought her directorial debut in Alice, Darling to TIFF as well. You can see how proud he is of her, truly. He’s obviously proud of Living, too, and once you see the film, hopefully this weekend, you’ll understand why.

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Here now is my interview with Living star Bill Nighy. Enjoy:

Living is in theaters this weekend!


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Janet D White
Janet D White
5 months ago

He definitely belongs among the nominees. Discard Cruise since he only plays himself. Good box office, but not a great actor.


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