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Billy Connolly Says He Would Return To Acting

Billy Connolly Says He Would Return To Acting

Billy Connolly has revealed that he still has the ambition to return to acting.

The comedy legend, who has Parkinson's disease, recently admitted that his condition meant he would never perform stand-up again.

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However, he has now said that he would considers acting again, if the right project came up.

Speaking to The Scotsman, the 77-year-old said: "I'd maybe act again if a nice thing came up. I'd definitely mull it over. I don't have anything in mind, but I'd definitely mull it over if I was asked. I like doing it.

"I had a brilliant time making What We Did On Our Holiday up at Gairloch, apart from the midges. They were the worst I've ever experienced them.

"I went to a thing at Downing Street for a Parkinson's charity. I met a writer who wanted me to play a guy with Parkinson's in a film. I said 'sure, I'll do that'. But I think the whole project has fallen through now."

Billy Connolly has hinted that he would consider returning to acting. Credit: PA
Billy Connolly has hinted that he would consider returning to acting. Credit: PA
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This comes after the comedian, who went public with his Parkinson's diagnosis back in 2013, recently explained that he's 'finished' with stand-up.

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Speaking to Sky News, Connolly said: "I'm finished with stand-up - it was lovely and it was lovely being good at it. It was the first thing I was ever good at and I'm delighted and grateful to it."

He went on to explain: "The Parkinson's has made my brain work differently and you need a good brain for comedy. Everything you say should have five or six alternatives behind it.

"You'd say something then attack it from behind and let the story make itself up. It's a madly exciting thing to do, this story is taking place and you don't know where it's going. It's a delight, it's a privilege to be part of it."

He recently admitted that he wouldn't ever perform stand-up again. Credit: PA
He recently admitted that he wouldn't ever perform stand-up again. Credit: PA

When he was asked how he is, Billy responded: "I'm on good drugs. I take six pills a day," but he is very confident that he won't let his diagnosis define him.

"I'm always being asked to go to Parkinson's things and spend time with Parkinson's people," he went on. "Having lunch or something like that. And I don't approve of it.

"I don't think you should let Parkinson's define you and all your pals be Parkinson's people. I don't think it's particularly good for you. So I don't do it."

He did touch on the difficult side of the disease, adding: "I get upset, because certain things go wrong, your brain goes adrift and affects your body, and so you walk differently, you walk like a drunk man sometimes. And you're frightened you'll be judged on it. And you shake sometimes.

"Sometimes you can't get your money into your wallet... your change, and the waiter has to take it from you and put it in."

Let's hope we see him back on the big screen soon.

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Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]