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Old July 4 2009, 07:00 PM   #1
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Bill Nighy to appear in Harry Potter

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Bill Nighy has an announcement. "I don't think I'm allowed to say it but I'm going to be in the next Harry Potter film," he tells us. "I won't say which character, but he's a goodie. I just got the gig." If you don't mind us saying, it's about time, Bill. The rangy actor has been dropping hints for aeons, once complaining that he was "the only British actor who hasn't been in Harry Potter". But has he read the books? "Not yet, but I will!" he says. "It's rather like being in a Shakespeare that way, you know?" Mm.
Loved his performance in Love Actually.

I would guess he's playing Luna's dad.
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Old July 4 2009, 07:19 PM   #2
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Re: Bill Nighy to appear in Harry Potter

The Leaky Cauldron has claimed that Nighy will play Rufus Scrimgeour. Rhys Ifans will play Luna's dad. None of this is officially confirmed, but I doubt The Leaky Cauldron would report it if they weren't sure.
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Old July 4 2009, 08:54 PM   #3
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The director said he was lobbying to put Bill Nighy (who he worked with before) in as Scrimgeour in #6, so I fully expect that's who he's playing for #7.
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Old July 4 2009, 09:19 PM   #4
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Re: Bill Nighy to appear in Harry Potter

Is Scrimgeour not in HBP at all then?
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Old July 5 2009, 12:52 AM   #5
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According to wikipedia, he is not in the 6th movie.
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Old July 5 2009, 01:32 AM   #6
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Re: Bill Nighy to appear in Harry Potter

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Old July 5 2009, 04:10 AM   #7
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That's Bill Nye I believe Bill Nighy is the creepy-awesome British actor from Underworld and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and he was Davey Jones in the Pirates sequels.
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I bet he's playing Rufus Scrimgeour because Nighy mentioned in previous interviews that he would like to play that character.
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Old July 5 2009, 05:51 AM   #9
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That's Bill Nye I believe Bill Nighy is the creepy-awesome British actor from Underworld and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and he was Davey Jones in the Pirates sequels.
Nighy was freakingly awesome as a calamari.

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Old July 5 2009, 06:55 AM   #10
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That's awesome. When I was reading the books I imaged Nighy as Scrimgeour.
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Old July 5 2009, 06:58 AM   #11
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That's awesome. When I was ready the books I imaged Nighy as Scrimgeour.
I imagined Brian Cox but Nighy is still a terrific actor and should be a worthy addition to the franchise, which graciously has nearly employed almost every working British actor so far.
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Old July 5 2009, 11:03 AM   #12
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Scrimgeour is going to be in the last film, but not the upcoming one. But my bet is Luna's dad, from reading the books I think he would be a perfect cast for that role.
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Old July 5 2009, 02:37 PM   #13
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They already cast Rhys Ifans as Luna's Dad.
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Old July 5 2009, 03:05 PM   #14
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That's awesome. When I was ready the books I imaged Nighy as Scrimgeour.
I imagined Brian Cox but Nighy is still a terrific actor and should be a worthy addition to the franchise, which graciously has nearly employed almost every working British actor so far.
I pictured Liam Neeson, myself.
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Old July 5 2009, 03:39 PM   #15
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The Independent:
Bill Nighy has an announcement. "I don't think I'm allowed to say it but I'm going to be in the next Harry Potter film," he tells us. "I won't say which character, but he's a goodie. I just got the gig." If you don't mind us saying, it's about time, Bill. The rangy actor has been dropping hints for aeons, once complaining that he was "the only British actor who hasn't been in Harry Potter". But has he read the books? "Not yet, but I will!" he says. "It's rather like being in a Shakespeare that way, you know?" Mm.
Loved his performance in Love Actually.

I would guess he's playing Luna's dad.
One of my favorite actors. I especially love the few times he gets to play the lead (Girl in the Cafe, Gideon's Daughter). I still think he should have gotten an Oscar nomination for Love, Actually.

Glad he's finally getting to appear in a Harry Potter film. I might just have to go see that one.
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