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Nighy: No auditions post-Curtis

Bill Nighy has revealed how Richard Curtis gave him his big break with Love Actually.

The 63-year-old, who had been acting for over 20 years before he starred in Richard's 2003 romantic drama, said he never had to audition for another role after that.

"I've only had to audition for Richard once, and that was the first time. And in fact, it was also, inexpressively, marvellous for me because after I auditioned for him for Love Actually and after the film came out, I never had to audition for anyone ever again," he said.

"If you ask any actor, that's kind of one of the greatest things that can ever happen to you," he added.

Bill - who has since starred in two Pirates Of The Caribbean films, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright's Cornetto trilogy and Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows - Part 1 - had to belt out tunes as ageing rocker Quentin in Richard's A Boat That Rocked, and had to learn how to play ping pong in his latest film About Time.

The star revealed that he would prefer singing to playing table tennis.

"I'd rather sing actually. My table tennis is not famous. I'd never played table tennis before," he said.

"I think I had two lessons with a nice young man, who was very cool, and he was a genius. But I think you need three years to be any good at table tennis, but they cut it quite cleverly so I think I look OK."

:: About Time is in cinemas now.

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