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Why Billy Connolly's latest role is no laughing matter

The comedian explains why playing a tortured Catholic priest in the next X-Files movie won't make us laugh

He is a famous comedian, but there is nothing funny about Billy Connolly's latest role: he plays a tortured Catholic priest in The X-Files: I Want To Believe. "There are no laughs at all, which is brilliant," says Connolly gleefully. "Father Joe is very disturbed, very dark. Doing a drama like this is a joy; you get to use your body in a different way, you get to use your eyes. I love playing dark characters, the darker the better, the more disturbed he is, the happier I get." He fixes me with menacing eyes. "The most worrying thing is that the darker the character, the easier I find i ... [Continua a leggere]

Scots bring Billy Connolly back down to earth after X Files movie

BILLY CONNOLLY is about to become a proper Hollywood A-Lister thanks to his lead role in the new X Files movie. But Scotland's funniest man is in no danger of letting his success go to his head - because his fellow Scots continually put him in his place. Despite the global stardom, he reckons his twice-yearly trips home keep his feet firmly on the ground because he just isn't seen the same way as "proper" famous people. Billy said: "There was a Scottish girl on the plane when I was flying to London on the way to Vancouver from Scotland. She said, 'I've seen you in films and on TV' and ... [Continua a leggere]

X-Files movie shrouded in secrecy

Billy Connolly says working on the new X-Files movie has been like "being followed by the CIA".

Billy Connolly says working on the new X-Files movie has been like "being followed by the CIA". Speaking at the Bafta/LA British Comedy Awards in Beverly Hills, the comedian revealed the security for preventing plotline leaks has been extreme. "I can't tell you anything about [the film] or I'd have to kill you. I'm not allowed to tell anyone, my family even," he joked. But he added: "My wife knows because I told her, she made me but she's sworn not to tell anybody." Apparently, after a day of shooting, actors haven't even been allowed to keep their lines. "When you get the little scrip ... [Continua a leggere]

Threesome mark spots for 'X-Files'

NEW YORK -- The new "X-Files" movie will be packing more heat. Rapper Xzibit, Amanda Peet and Billy Connolly have signed on for director Chris Carter's next big-screen adaptation of the hit series for Fox.Sources said Xzibit and Peet will play fellow FBI agents to David Duchovny's Mulder and Gillian Anderson's Scully in the supernatural thriller with a stand-alone story, not a sequel or continuation of the hit 1998 feature adaptation. Citing a policy of secrecy surrounding the plot line, Fox would not confirm any details regarding the three actors' roles.Carter and Frank Spotnitz wrote the scr ... [Continua a leggere]



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