It’s hard to imagine our cinematic landscape without the charms of Bill Nighy (on the one hand, love in fact would range from almost entirely unwatchable to entirely unwatchable), but it turns out “beloved character actor” wasn’t Nighy’s first career choice – in fact, he wanted to be a novelist.
In an interview with the Telegraph (related to Nighy’s role as the voice of Terry Pratchett in the new Discworld audiobooks), Nighy said that as a child, “I wanted to write, my heroes were writers. I procrastinate at the Olympic level and I managed to reach my old age without writing a single word.
I’d like to know what separates amateur procrastinators from elites – maybe making a mess specifically so you can spend all day cleaning it up? Filing estimated weekly taxes just for fun? Baking sourdough from farm to table, starting with growing wheat?
In any case, Nighy maintains that the hijacking of her dreams was for the best. “I didn’t have the courage, and I think it’s probably a very good thing that I didn’t, because I don’t think I would have been a very good writer.”
Admirable restraint! However… I had read this novel.