Nighy socks it to festive film fans
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.