Billy Connolly has apparently given some thought to who would be the best option for playing him in a film about his life. Speaking in a video with Castle Fine Art, a gallery where he is currently showing some of his artwork, the comedian was confident about his choices. The Glaswegian stand-up legend proposed fellow Scot Robert Carlyle, praising his acting talents.
“Robert Carlyle. he’s a Scottish actor. He’s brilliant,” he said.
Connolly went on to suggest his close friend Tony Roper as another actor who could take on the role of playing him in a potential biopic.
“Or another Scottish actor called Tony Roper,” he added. “He knows me really well.
“Whichever one of them wasn’t doing anything at the time,” he quipped.
“I’ll get upset because certain things go wrong, your brain goes adrift and affects your body,” he said. “And you walk differently. You walk like a drunk man sometimes,
“And you’re frightened you’ll be judged on it. And you shake sometimes.
“Sometimes you can’t get your money into your wallet — your change — and the waiter has to take it from you and put it in.”
But still Connolly refuses to let his condition define him
The Big Yin was diagnosed with Parkinson’s back in 2013, on the same day he learned he had prostate cancer.
He soon had an operation for the cancer and had since received the all-clear.
Parkinson’s is a progressive nervous system disorder which affects movement, commonly causing stiffness or slowing of movement and tremors.
As of yet, there isn’t a cure for the disease but there are medications which can help improve the symptoms.