Bill Nighy Talks ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’, David Bowie’s Legacy and ‘Love Actually’ 19 Years Later


Since the end of filming Harry Potter franchise, the stars have been involved in countless projects. One such star is Bill Nighy, or Minister of Magic Rufus Scrimgeour, of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1.

Even before his role in Harry Potter, Nighy was a well-known British actor. In fact, he is best known for his role as superstar Billy Mack in love in fact. In 2019, he even received Cinequest’s prestigious Maverick Spirit Award, proving how much of an impact he’s had on the game over the years.

Recently Nighy sat down for a interview with Variety in which he talked about his new television series, The man who fell to earth; David Bowie (who starred in the original film); and its great success, love in fact.

When asked why he wanted to work on The man who fell to earth, Nighy explained that the script caught his attention the most. He credits creators Jenny Lumet (The Mummy, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Star Trek: Discovery) and Alex Kurtzman (The Mummy, star trek, Star Trek: Discovery) with the realization of a sensational scenario that would attract anyone. He also mentioned that he’s a fan of not only everyone working on the current adaptation, but also everyone who worked on the previous adaptation.

Everything attracted me. The scripts were sensational. Jenny Lumet and Alex Kurtzman have done something really, really remarkable… I’m a big fan of fantasy literature (I try to avoid the word ‘sci[-]Fi’).

One of Nighy’s only issues with the remake was that it would follow in David Bowie‘s footsteps. Although following other actors doesn’t intimidate him, Bowie is different because of the level of fame the singer has achieved. However, after considering the character his own rather than Bowie’s, he realized he didn’t have to play him like Bowie.

David Bowe The Original Man Who Fell to Earth

While Nighy was able to star in projects that were exactly what he was looking for, he still has a dream project: to star in a movie where he can be a hero. However, he shared that his action stunt days are over.

I want to play a prank that will bring down the government. And that’s basically it. I would – can I swear? “I’d like to screw up their plans, you know, that the bad guys have for us. So I would like something that vigorously opposes the bad things that are happening in our world, in which I have to be heroic, obviously.

Next year, 2023, will be the 20th anniversary of love in fact, Nighy’s best-known project. The actor is surprised that the film is still being talked about to this day, but he loves it so much he would be willing to reprise his role for a sequel.

Really Love movie cover

When asked about his thoughts on retirement, Nighy said he doesn’t want to retire anytime soon, if ever. Instead, he plans to continue his career as long as he can deliver lines. He ended his interview on a funnier note, stating that if there’s money in it, he might consider using holograms or CGI after his acting career ends.

Promotional photo of the man who fell to earth

Nighy’s latest work, The man who fell to earth, can be streamed on Paramount+ or Showtime. Let us know, have you watched The man who fell to earth? If so, what did you think of it? Would you be willing to watch a love in fact after?

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