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Actors always talk about taking their work home and I always think: ‘What are you on? You just turn it off. You are at work and then you go home.’

Bill Nighy

All actors who have been around for a long time, which I have, and have been skint for long periods, which I have, find it difficult to turn down jobs. If I turn anything down my stomach turns over. I feel sick. It feels like gambling.

Bill Nighy

Anyone who can do the splits and come back up on the backbeat, as James Brown and Prince can, has my eternal respect. Prince, who is a genius of the highest order, can come back up while singing and playing the guitar.

Bill Nighy

Emma Watson is adorable in the extreme. She is such a lovely person.

Bill Nighy

Hunger is almost like something the West does. It’s almost like the direct result of the way the West performs.

Bill Nighy

I did pick up a guitar once, but the strings hurt my fingers so I put it down again.

Bill Nighy

I don’t dislike the process of animation… I find it daunting, but only as much as I find everything daunting.

Bill Nighy

I don’t do plays without jokes anymore. I’ve retired from those plays. I think it’s bad manners to invite people to sit in the dark for two and a half hours and not tell them the joke.

Bill Nighy

I don’t even own a car.

Bill Nighy

I don’t seem to be able to learn from experience or anything useful. History doesn’t help me. Precedents don’t inform my experience.

Bill Nighy

I don’t spend a lot of time with anybody.

Bill Nighy

I don’t want to associate myself with any specific group of politicians.

Bill Nighy

I find it hard to relax around any man who’s got the second button on his shirt undone.

Bill Nighy

I generally do things I’m proud to be in and generally I’m in things people like.

Bill Nighy

I got briefly mistaken for someone who might be good in bed, which was very, very good.

Bill Nighy

I guess part of the hit-man appeal is the solitude. Everybody is lured to the idea of the solitary life.

Bill Nighy

I hardly even leave my own house.

Bill Nighy

I have a perfectly average skewed perception of myself. We often don’t know what we’re like.

Bill Nighy

I have nothing against romanticism. I’m all for it. I’m helpless in the face of romance.

Bill Nighy

I know really, really famous people who are terrified every time they walk on to a stage.

Bill Nighy

I like being in kids’ movies, and I like being in family movies.

Bill Nighy

I like sci-fi.

Bill Nighy

I never mind doing press; it’s never bothered me.

Bill Nighy

I never watch my own films.

Bill Nighy

I speed up past mirrors.

Bill Nighy

I think in the old days, everybody used to act really quickly because Hollywood was built by theatre people.

Bill Nighy

I wanted to be a journalist, I thought it was glamorous and that I’d meet beautiful women in the rain.

Bill Nighy

I was never a hippy, per se.

Bill Nighy

I’m a jacket man. And if I’m without one, I am kind of seriously disabled. I don’t know how to operate in shirt sleeves.

Bill Nighy

I’m always happy when actors get rich, because the odds on it are so long!

Bill Nighy

I’m not a financial expert. The Robin Hood tax seems to me a very simple and beautiful idea. I don’t see the problem.

Bill Nighy

I’m not a royal family watcher.

Bill Nighy

I’m not famous for my back story investigations; I’m lucky that I work with good writers and it’s usually in the script.

Bill Nighy

I’m one of those weird people who doesn’t even own a computer.

Bill Nighy

I’ve always slightly worried the kids who play football around my house. They know I’m an actor, but felt sorry for me because they’d never seen anything I’ve done.

Bill Nighy

I’ve never been a great enthusiast about how I look and I am very… when I was young I had a real anti-talent for inventing myself as unappealing – craven and unremarkable.

Bill Nighy

I’ve worked with Len Wiseman before, on the ‘Underworld’ series, in which I was a vampire. The first two of those were his first two films. And I admire him beyond measure. I think he’s tremendous, as a man and as a director.

Bill Nighy

If I ruled the world, every woman would have a Chanel suit in her wardrobe.

Bill Nighy

If I’m going to appear in front of people I like to look my best.

Bill Nighy

If you are supposed to be villainous and have some sort of agenda, I like the idea of delivering that kind of character in a perfectly well-mannered way.

Bill Nighy

If you ever see me in a social setting wearing any sort of sportswear, then you know I’m in crisis.

Bill Nighy

In life, if you have an enthusiasm for what they call ‘good manners,’ sometimes people don’t quite believe you. I’ve had that once or twice before, where they assume you can’t be for real.

Bill Nighy

It can’t be overstated how wonderful it is not to have to audition any more. Any actor will tell you, it’s like Christmas.

Bill Nighy

It’s probably healthier to find fame later in life.

Bill Nighy

Jerry Bruckheimer says that he makes films that he would want to see, and it seems that that coincides with what a lot of people want to see.

Bill Nighy

More people saw me in ‘Love Actually’ than had seen me in everything else I had ever done up to that point.

Bill Nighy

My dad had a personal style which was very attractive. It was quite reserved and quite elegant, and it was infectious.

Bill Nighy

Never go anywhere you have to wear brown shoes.

Bill Nighy

One of my great regrets, and I don’t have many, is that I spent too long putting people’s status and reputation ahead of their more important qualities. I learned far too late in life that a long list of letters after someone’s name is no guarantee of compassion, kindness, humour, all the far more relevant stuff.

Bill Nighy

One of the reasons I like a suit is because I’ve never been that keen on my body. The shape a suit presents is always going to be better than anything I can do.

Bill Nighy

One of the things that is assumed about actors is that they are extrovert, which is almost never the case, in my experience.

Bill Nighy

The degree of notoriety I have is fine and easy. There’s nothing hysterical about it.

Bill Nighy

The great thing about animation is it’s like the radio. I used to do lots of radio when I was a kid, and you get to play parts you would never get to play ordinarily.

Bill Nighy

The phenomenon of vampires has always appealed to me. Everyone kind of likes a vampire story because it almost could be true.

Bill Nighy

The way the elderly are treated, and in some cases warehoused and medicated, rather than nurtured and listened to, is distressing.

Bill Nighy

There are only three men in the world who are licensed to wear shorts: Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp and Tom Cruise.

Bill Nighy

There is something, yeah, I mean traditionally it’s more fun to play bad guys than it is good guys and when you’re playing a bad guy, yeah, the fun in it is to see how scary you can be, how horrible you can be. And it’s surprising what you come up with.

Bill Nighy

When a movie is called ‘searingly honest,’ it’s almost invariably grim and demonstrates how bad things can get.

Bill Nighy

When I do a play, it’s like agreeing to be ill for a couple of months.

Bill Nighy

When it comes to casual clothing, my enthusiasm for clothes starts to waver.

Bill Nighy

When you have a family, or even when you’re just seeing a girl, it’s difficult to be skint.

Bill Nighy

When you’ve been going on about something for a while, it is always satisfying to discover that other people agree with you.

Bill Nighy

You can ruin your life wanting to be an actor.

Bill Nighy

You get older and you see yourself and say, ‘God, he’s old, who’s that?’

Bill Nighy

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