As you get older you feel you need to pay more attention to what is around you and relish it. I'm greedy for beauty.

— Bill Nighy

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I would like to change everything, but obviously not everything.

I've been incredibly fortunate. I guess everybody would do this, but I'd go back to my younger self and say, "Lighten up. Take it easy. Relax. Don't be so anxious about everything. Try to be in the day. Try to not have today stolen from you by anxiety about yesterday or tomorrow."

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One of the great regrets of my life is that I smoked.

If I could say anything to anybody starting out in life it would be, 'Whatever you do, don't smoke'. I have had to recover from that and been lucky that I have been able to stop.

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With stage, you feel completely like you're just in a bubble.

I love not being able to see anything. I love coming out and I can't see anything because the lights are so bright and it's pitch black. That's ideal for me, that's when I have the best time.

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When people warned me there would be long periods out of work if I became an actor, I couldn't keep a straight face because that was exactly what I had in mind.

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I'm not a royal family watcher.

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To be serious, the things you really want to relive are things like bedtime with your daughter when she becomes incredibly entertaining 'cause she doesn't want to go to sleep. They're at their most enchanting 'cause they just want to put it off, so they do a cabaret for you. You sit there thinking, "Please don't let this end."

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

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I love playing half squid/half crab guy because you can get away with a level of acting that if you tried it anywhere else they'd arrest you for crimes against acting.

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

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Anti-Semitism and Fascism have a long, mysterious, bewildering, poisonous and vile history and it's not exclusive to the Germans.

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I'm not a World War II buff. I know a little bit about it, I was taught the other side of the story in school, so it was unfamiliar to me, the idea of a German resistance, and yet it was considerable.

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

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About Bill Nighy

Quotes 77 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Actor
Birthday October 16

I'm not an actor who consciously accesses bits of my life, in order to play parts. Obviously, you don't need to have been a father to play one, otherwise everyone who's been a father would be able to act.

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

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My dad had a personal style which was very attractive.

It was quite reserved and quite elegant, and it was infectious.

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

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One is that you legislate according to natural selection, the other is that you don't. You have compassion, you try and help people. It's a fundamental clash between two people who happen to love each other, which complicates everything.

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If you ask any actor "What single thing would make you really, really happy?" Among the top five things they'd say is not having to audition anymore.

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I quoted David Hare one of his lines the other day to illuminate whatever point we were trying to make in the conversation, and I said 'What play was that?' and he said 'It was your line, you said it about a hundred and fifty times in The Vertical Hour.'

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I admire David Hare as much as I admire certainly any writer ever.

What I like about his writing is it is very conscientiously, in one way, an attempt to reproduce the way people actually speak, but it's not just an attempt at naturalism. It's stylised and it's heightened, to great effect. It's elegant and it's funny and that's the way to my heart, frankly.

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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.

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A way of describing performances that I admire is that there is an absence of careerism. It's a clumsy way of describing it but it sort of does it for me.

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You have all these plans to act, and maybe do it rather elegantly, and then they turn the rain machine on.

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I used to joke that one of the reasons there was a lack of classical work on my CV was because I couldn't operate in those kinds of trousers. Which is a joke, but it's actually also true - if I want to appear in public I want to look my best. If I'm onstage I like to do contemporary work, largely because of the trousers, because of the clothes. I like a decent, what we used to call a lounge suit. Then I can start to motor.

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I did actually sit down with a blank sheet of paper once.

I think the phone rang and that was the end of my literary career.

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

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I like American black soul music, that was my first big enthusiasm.

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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.

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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.

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Never go anywhere you have to wear brown shoes.

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I'm lucky that I get to play a wide variety of parts.

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When you are in something that you're proud of and it's funny and it's a good night out and all of those things, there's nothing quite like it. The rewards are proportionate to the amount of alarm and distress it causes you.

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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.

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I never go on the net or the web, or whatever it's called.

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

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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.

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I'm probably the only person who actually remembers pirate radio.

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Opening a play is just tough. The idea that actors are weirdly protected from it is a myth. If you imagine yourself having to spend two and a bit hours cooking bolognaise, remembering a whole major work by David Hare and speaking it at the correct moment between chopping carrots and stirring the onions in front of an audience - the normal human response is 'Please, can I go to the airport?'

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

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From my point of view, it's very refreshing to play a regular human being and not someone from another dimension. When I say "not act," what I mean is just to be as natural and as normal as possible.

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

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

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Somebody asked me recently, 'Have you done a lot of plays?' I thought hang on.

I used to do nothing but plays. I've been very fortunate that on several occasions I've had jobs where I didn't want to be anywhere else in the world whatever you had to offer - however much money you've got.

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

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It's more than usually possible that I won't do a play again.

But Skylight is one of the great plays in the English language. I was lucky enough to be a part of it at one point in its life, and it's a timely thing to deliver it again in the modern world.

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I have never owned a computer. I am one of those weirdos. I've never needed a computer. I'm lucky that I have a job where I'm not required to use one.

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

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I love imaginative representations of a possible near-future, where you look at the technology and you think, "Well, yeah, that could really nearly be true." I like those kinds of backgrounds.

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I used to think that prizes were damaging and divisive, until I got one, and now they seem sort of meaningful and important.

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