The comedian explains why playing a tortured Catholic priest in the next X-Files movie won’t make us laugh
He’s a comedic legend from his native Scotland through the UK across the globe. From the shock of hair that’s adorned his head for several decades now to his thick Scottish brogue, Billy Connolly is an icon.
Now Connolly sets his sights on science fiction in the new X-Files movie entitled: The X-Files: I Want to Believe. But don’t be fooled: there won’t be any wisecracks from Connolly in his role as a Roman Catholic Priest.
“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 it. If he’s a really nice, intelligent man, I find it awfully difficult.”
Read the Elaine Lipworth interview with funnyman Billy Connolly about his not-so funny role in: Why Billy Connolly’s latest role is no laughing matter.