Even Bill Nighty hated auditions. The star of life took a trip into the past vanity fair and spoke about his eventful career love actually to Pirates of the Caribbean and everything else.
Nighy tells vf that he started acting in secondary school and that his tall stature (he is 1.80m tall) was partly responsible for his falling in love with the craft. “We had a theater priest who loved putting on plays, and I was tall, which was a result because it meant I didn’t have to play girls,” Nighy said. This led him to study acting at the Guildford School of Acting, where, as Nighy put it, he “learned not to stick my tongue out of my mouth”.
Nighy began his journey down memory lane with the BBC series The men’s room (1991) and recalled that his character Mark Carleton was incredibly popular in the bedroom. “I had seven sex scenes with four different women,” Nighy said. Apparently there was so much sex that a newspaper page advised viewers with heart problems not to engage in the sexual activity Nighy engaged in on the show. “On the medical side it said, ‘If you have a pacemaker or any kind of heart problem, don’t try the things Mr. Nighy does on BBC 2.'” What were those things? “Later on I saw another newspaper on TV that said ‘Cunnilingus on BBC 2’,” Nighy said. “And I don’t remember that either.”
The biggest change in Nighy’s career came after he landed a plum role love actually. “The casting of love actually involved a read through, or I think what they call a table read in America,” Nighy said. He went on to admit that he read through the casting director as a favor and thought there was “no way” he would ever get the part. “I read the role of Billy Mack and then, to my complete surprise, got the commission,” he said.
Nighy said that before love indeed, He “had a very familiar English career and I was happy. I had no problems.” But starring in the popular ensemble romantic comedy starring hugh grant, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, and the late Alan Rickman “took it to another level”. “It changed everything because it was a big hit, and it was a big hit in America, and it changed the way I went to work,” Nighy said.
The best change? Nighy catapulted himself into coveted offer-only performer status. “One of the greatest things that has ever happened to me, and ask any actor — it meant I never had to audition again for the rest of my life,” Nighy said. “You don’t have to sit in one of those field offices sweating, worrying, short of breath, going in and making a fool of yourself and going home and, you know, crying.”
As for pirates of the caribbean, Nighy was initially reluctant to take on the role of part man, part octopus Davy Jones in the mega-franchise. Arriving on set, Nighy was surprised to learn that due to his character’s CGI requirements, he would not have a costume like the other actors. “I had to wear computer pajamas with white pom-poms all over and a hat with a pom-pom on top and 250 dots drawn on my face,” he recalled. “And sneakers – I mean sneakers – which is too far fetched for me anyway, but sneakers with a pom pom on top. And then they introduce you Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom. If you have felt lonely before, now it is true.”
https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2022/12/bill-nighy-never-auditioned-again-after-love-actually Bill Nighy never auditioned again after Love Actually