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Sunday 21 December 2014

Nighy socks it to festive film fans

Bill Nighy was in Leicester Square for the premiere of his new film Arthur Christmas
Bill Nighy was in Leicester Square for the premiere of his new film Arthur Christmas

Bill Nighy brought some early festive cheer to London's Leicester Square for the premiere of his new film Arthur Christmas - but admitted all he wants from Santa Claus is a nice pair of socks.

Nighy, who plays a curmudgeonly former Father Christmas in the animated movie, was joined on the red carpet - complete with fake snow, tinsel-covered trees and seasonal music - by co-stars Ashley Jensen and Outnumbered actress Ramona Marquez.

But despite the lavish display laid on for the Starlight charity screening, the actor revealed his wish list was a humble one. "I always want socks. I love new socks and I like dark socks - nothing fancy, just regular dark socks," he said.

The 3D, CG-animated film - made by Wallace & Gromit creators Aardman for Sony Pictures Animation - also stars Jim Broadbent as the voice of Santa, whose younger son Arthur (James McAvoy) borrows a sleigh on Christmas night to deliver an urgent present.

Fresh from a trip to the G20 summit in Cannes to campaign for the so-called Robin Hood tax on banks, Nighy admitted he had had "a bit of a week between one thing and another... from Robin Hood to Santa Claus".

The actor, 61, insisted he did not mind playing the father of 62-year-old Broadbent's character. "I always feel younger than Jim, but I think that's because he's wise and good," he said. "I think he's only about ten minutes older than me."

Arthur Christmas is in cinemas nationwide on November 11.

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