Billy Connolly loved playing a king in his new movie and admits that Prince Charles inspired him for his portrayal of King Theodore in 'Gulliver's Travels'.
Billy Connolly loved playing the role of a king in 'Gulliver's Travels'.
The Scottish actor stars in the upcoming movie adaption of the classic Jonathan Swift-novel as King Theodore, the sovereign of Liliput, a nation of miniature people and admitted that being the king is "terrific".
Asked what it was like to be a king, the 68-year old actor said: "It's terrific to be the King. I've been the King for a long time and it's a joy, an absolute joy to swallow, so little is asked of you, you get the most sparkling uniform."
Billy said: "I tried to be a kind of Prince Charles-y king. I think if he was a king, he would be a kind of a jolly, casual king and so I tried to be him. I rather like him."
The versatile Scotsman did not only rely on a real person to inspire his acting, but also used the original novel by Jonathan Swift on which the movie is based for cross-references.
He joked: "I'm seldom far from the book. And Catherine Tate gave me a copy when the movie was finished, which was good, because she was the reason I did this movie, Catherine Tate. The rest of the actors, I couldn't give a s**t."
Looking back on his career - which saw the 68-year old not only perform as an actor in a wide range of movies, but also as a musician and comedian - Billy said he was "not surprised" about the outcome of his professional life.
He explained to BANG Showbiz: "It's the kind of thing I always wanted to do, but I'm a bit limited, so I'm not surprised it has gone the way it has. I try not to tell people I was turned down as a penguin and stuff like that, I thought I had a wonderful film career, compared to, you know, considered where I come from and what I do. I'm delighted I have absolutely no complaints whatsoever."
'Gulliver's Travels' starts in cinemas on December 26.