Bill Nighy, 72, can’t stop thinking about his death.
In “Living,” the English actor plays a veteran civil servant who receives a medical diagnosis that inspires him to go after fun adventures in his remaining days.
However, he told Page Six at the Cinema Society screening of the movie Monday night that he “didn’t need [‘Living’] to persuade me to think about death.”
He continued, “Not in any morbid way — I suppose I always thought about death — but now when you get to my age, I guess you think about it more.”
The famously dapper dresser further said that these thoughts have even affected his sartorial purchases as he will often wonder if his latest purchase could be “the last pair of shoes he buys,” for example.
However, he also described that there’s a much darker side to his train of thought.
“There are days when I think, ‘How long is this going to go on?’ You know, I mean it must be quite nice to be dead,” he explained. “Do you know what I mean? You don’t have to do any of this stuff. It’s all very relaxed.”
He has since generated some serious Oscar buzz for his participation in “Living.”
Despite that, the actor is still best known for his role as aging rockstar Billy Mack in the now-Christmas classic “Love Actually” — a character he told us revamped his career.
“I’m eternally grateful to that movie and to [writer and director] Richard Curtis for putting me in that movie because it changed my life,” he explained.
“It meant I never had to audition again […] — a fraction of actors ever get to that stage. I was very fortunate. And it has entered the language in a way that very few films do.”
After the screening, pal Hugh Jackman conducted a Q&A with Nighy in front of a celeb crowd that included Annie Wintour, Sienna Miller, David Harbour, Lily Allen, Jesse Williams, Josh Groban and Donna Karan.
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