April 23, 2005

Addictive Personality

Not sure why I thought this was so funny, but I did, and I thought some people out there might too. It’s an excerpt from an interview with Bill Nighy (the ageing rocker from ‘Love Actually’) in today’s Times. I’m not just laughing at his misfortune, but I can definitely identify with this, and it just made me smile:

“I used to drink and it was terrible. Now I don’t drink and it is fabulous.” He’s been sober for 12 years, but rather than having beaten addiction, it seems merely to have cascaded down to ever weaker substances. He was once a magnificent smoker: “I would rather have smoked than breathed. You couldn’t smoke more than I smoked.” And he is possible the only person to have quit because of vampirism. Filming ‘Underworld’, in which he plays Viktor, king of the immortals, he had to do a fight scene – “and I am not famous for fighting or indeed any kind of physical work” – and he must have thrown his shoulder out, but what he felt was a shooting pain in his chest. He hasn’t smoked since, but transferred his passion to coffee, downed tanks of the stuff. He quit coffee on January 23 this year: “But, by God, have I drunk some tea…”

I’m fascinated by the (by no means universal) trait in human behaviour to find comfort in addiction – is it just repetition of a simple ritual, or is there something more to it than that?

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  1. Ah – Bill Nighy is just so sweet. His daughter was in the same year as me at school, so he'd always turn up to school things looking the consumate 'actor' in jeans and a t-shirt!

    Another fascinating fact – he has terrible rheumatoid arthritis in most of his fingers.

    Sorry I can't be more interesting, Jerzy, but I still thought it worth a quick comment. :)

    25 Apr 2005, 09:58

  2. Yes, but did he get it from the alcohol, the cigarettes, the coffee or the tea??

    25 Apr 2005, 15:39

  3. Jerzy! Only just found you had a blog. Not that it's that big yet – you're almost as regular as me! What a lovely story. He's proabably addicted to haribo now…

    10 May 2005, 12:57

  4. don't belittle the dangers of being addicted to haribo… I've been there…

    24 May 2005, 17:11

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