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Sunday 1 March 2015

Connolly: Charles inspired my king

Billy Connolly modelled his king character on Prince Charles
Billy Connolly modelled his king character on Prince Charles

Billy Connolly has revealed he based his king character in Gulliver's Travels on Prince Charles, because he is his favourite royal.

The Scottish comedian stars alongside Jack Black in the new film adaptation of Jonathan Swift's satirical novel and plays King Theodore of the tiny land of Lilliput.

Billy said: "I tried to be a kind of Prince Charlesy king. I think if he was the king, he'd be a kind of jolly, casual sort of king. I rather like him."

He added he loved playing a king because: "So little is asked of you. You get the sparkliest uniform, you know, and you just swan around."

The 68-year-old actor was even upbeat about Jack's character Gulliver peeing in his mouth.

He revealed: "It was brilliant. It was orange juice and we were singing the national anthem as we were being peed on, so our mouths were open."

But Billy did struggled with the green screen technology they were using to make Jack appear giant on screen, and admits he looked the "wrong way all the time".

Director Rob Letterman explained: "We started out with tiny eyes that were made out of tape and Billy sort of missed those.

"Then we moved onto tennis balls. He didn't quite get those either. Eventually, by the end, we had giant eyes on cranes staring down to make sure Billy could really nail that eyeline."

:: Gulliver's Travels is in cinemas now.

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