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‘Kids used to run after me shouting that line’: Bill Nighy, 72, says he thinks his famous Love Actually quote will be in his obituary

It is one of the most iconic roles of his career, which even won him a Best Supporting Actor gong at the BAFTAs in 2003.

And Bill Nighy says he believes his most famous line as rock and roll legend Billy Mack will be forever immortalised in his obituary after he passes.

The actor, 72, appeared on This Morning on Friday where he revealed the quote was often yelled at him by children in his area.

Memorial: Bill Nighy says he believes his most famous line as rock and roll legend Billy Mack will be forever immortalised in his obituary after he passes

Memorial: Bill Nighy says he believes his most famous line as rock and roll legend Billy Mack will be forever immortalised in his obituary after he passes

The oft mentioned line is: ‘Hiya kids. Here is an important message from your Uncle Bill. Don’t buy drugs. Become a rock star, and they give you them for free!’

Bill said: ‘If I get an obituary, that will be on it. Kids used to run after me in my district, shouting that line.’

He added that he would never be sick of people discussing Love Actually despite it coming out nearly two decades ago.

Hilarious: The oft mentioned line is: 'Hiya kids. Here is an important message from your Uncle Bill. Don¿t buy drugs. Become a rock star, and they give you them for free!'

Hilarious: The oft mentioned line is: ‘Hiya kids. Here is an important message from your Uncle Bill. Don’t buy drugs. Become a rock star, and they give you them for free!’

He said: ‘It was a big and important thing for me and changed the way I went to work. I’ll never get bored talking about it.

‘People have used it for all sorts of purposes to get through dark times… there’s nowhere in the world where people don’t watch it on a regular basis, every Christmas.’

Released in November 2003, Richard Curtis’ rom-com Love Actually soared to the heights of fame – grossing $247 million worldwide, and remaining one of the most beloved Christmas films today.

Popular: The actor, 72, appeared on This Morning on Friday where he revealed the quote was often yelled at him by children in his area

Popular: The actor, 72, appeared on This Morning on Friday where he revealed the quote was often yelled at him by children in his area

Festive success: Released in November 2003, Richard Curtis' rom-com Love Actually soared to the heights of fame - grossing $247 million worldwide, and remaining one of the most beloved Christmas films today

Festive success: Released in November 2003, Richard Curtis’ rom-com Love Actually soared to the heights of fame – grossing $247 million worldwide, and remaining one of the most beloved Christmas films today

It comes after Bill confessed he thinks about death 35 times a day in a new interview with The Guardian.

The Pirates of the Caribbean once claimed he pondered his eventual demise twelve times a day but has increased that figure drastically.

He said: ‘That 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.’

It was in 2015 that he revealed he measures his life in Champions Leagues and has an obsession with his own mortality.

Then 65-years-old, the star famed for his roles in Love Actually and State of Play, said he hoped not to retire, but to instead one day go to bed and not wake up.

Honest: The actor once claimed he pondered his eventual demise twelve times a day but has increased that figure drastically (pictured in October 2022)

Honest: The actor once claimed he pondered his eventual demise twelve times a day but has increased that figure drastically (pictured in October 2022)

An avid football fan, he has also revealed how he spends his free days drinking coffee and walking through London before settling in to watch recorded football matches on Sky Plus.

In an interview with The Observer, he was asked if he could imagine ending up in a retirement home like that depicted in his film, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

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

He added: ‘I probably think about death 12 times a day. I measure my life in Champions Leagues. How many do I have left?’

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