Friday 15 December 2017

Nighy couldn't get handle on guns

Bill Nighy plays an uptight assassin in Wild Target
Bill Nighy plays an uptight assassin in Wild Target

Bill Nighy has revealed he couldn't get a handle on the guns for Wild Target.

The 60-year-old plays uptight assassin Victor Maynard in the action comedy caper and had to learn how to shoot a gun, which took some time getting used to.

"This is my first assassin - I wasn't prepared for the recoil and I wobbled the gun about, which is slightly embarrassing, so I don't think I'll be making James Bond or villain anytime soon," he said.

He added: "I'm not easy with guns. I've never held a gun before until I did this movie, and I don't have any plans to do it again anytime soon. We didn't do any training."

But Bill wouldn't mind holding a gun again at some point. "It was good fun. I'll do it with a machine gun," he said.

The star also said he could relate to his character.

"Victor is anally-retentive and isolated as a result - his commitment to order is total and in that respect, he's a weirdo. When I told people that I'm playing a lonely, anal-retentive, middle-aged guy, they said that's not far of a stretch," he said.

"I like playing people who are restrained to the max, where you get to squeeze bits out. I like being in some sort of personal trouble, it gives you something to do."

:: Wild Target will be in cinemas on July 18.

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