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Bill Nighy confesses he thinks of death 35 times a day

Bill Nighy confesses he thinks of death 35 times a day

Actor Bill Nighy has revealed he constantly thinks about death in a new interview.

Pirates of the Caribbean actor Billy Nighy has revealed he thinks about death 35 times a day.

Death is not something we would want to be thinking about all the time, but the 72-year-old actor confessed he thinks amount it quite a bit.

Nighy previously claimed he would think about death around 12 times a day, but in an interview with The Guardian, he revealed he thinks about his demise a lot more now.

He said: "That [12] was quite a modest assessment. It's probably more like 35.

"And I don't really believe it. I know it's gonna happen, but I think maybe at the last minute somebody might make an exception.

"But then again, I sometimes think: I don't think I can do a lot more of this. I've had quite a lot on."

Billy Nighy thinks about death 35 times a day.
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Nighy has been no stranger to talking about death in interviews in recent years.

The actor is a known football lover, and said he measures his life in Champions Leagues.

Back in 2015, in an interview with The Observer, Nighy was asked if he could see himself retiring soon and ending up in a retreat like his film The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

He said: "I’m hoping not to retire. What do we hope for? Go to bed and don’t wake up, I suppose.

"I probably think about death 12 times a day. I measure my life in Champions Leagues. How many do I have left?"

The actor said he measures life in Champions Leagues.
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In the same interview, Nighy admitted to having 'crippling self-doubt' despite his career success.

He said: "I always assume when I meet people in the street they are going to be basically disappointed."

In the new interview with The Guardian, Nighy discussed his new film Living, where he plays a civil servant who has less than six months to live.

The character presented a fresh challenge for the actor, as he speaks in a desiccated whisper.

He said: "I kept waiting for the soundman to come over and say: ‘Bill, I can’t hear a word.'"

Nighy continued by saying the Japanese and British share 'a very elaborate code of conduct, performing their manners'.

He continued: "And a kind of taboo on any public expression of deep emotion – or any emotion at all.

"I love doing that because I find it very moving. I find it also quite funny that there’s virtually nothing you can say or do. It’s sort of bonkers, obviously."

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Topics: TV and Film