(Connolly is very moved by the story of an ancestor who was an alcoholic syphilitic soldier) meant he’d begun to think about his legacy? “Yes, Jeremy Paxman.” He is soon to be in a very sweet and funny movie from the makers of Outnumbered, What We Did on Our Holiday, in which he plays a dying grandfather swarming with little children who adore him and who believe he has Viking heritage. I think it’s just my age.” Was he trying to prepare himself by embracing death to confront it and somehow take away the fear? I heard he had to be talked back into ever working again. He says it’s not in defiance: “It just happened that way.” He has lived in New York for eight years, and before that he had a house in Los Angeles. Sometimes I can’t play my banjo as well as I used to because my left hand doesn’t move as well as it did. That they assumed he knew he was loved and he didn’t?When he moved he didn’t bring any of the furniture with him. It’s better when I’m in a hurry because I’m less aware of it, but I refuse to be defined by it. “I never stopped it and he never stopped telling me.
The groom was a thirtysomething American lawyer with friends in high places, the bride a dark-eyed designer with social sheen, and the guest list a mix of family and what Noël Coward once called Nescafé Society.
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It would make a better story to say he was bravely battling his inner darkness but he doesn’t seem dark at all. All these years I’ve been on the road I’d often find myself in graveyards reading some of the stones. In What we did on Our Holiday we see his character grasp the frailty of life, rebelling against taking his heart pills. “I was disappointed in myself because I’ve always said if a doctor tells me I’ve got cancer the first thing I’m going to do is get 20 fags and start smoking again. It never crossed my mind to start drinking again either.” Connolly hasn’t had a drink in 30 years, since he met his wife, former Not the Nine O’Clock News comedian turned psychologist, New Zealand-born Pamela Stephenson. “When I got the diagnosis I felt like everything was being snatched away, that I was being tested by some sadist.” Instead of working less, he worked more.
I wondered if the series about death, the soon to be seen Who do You Think You Are? because I saw that man who does very harsh political interviews on it and he cried on it.” Does he mean Jeremy Paxman? And then I did the documentary about the business of death. After the incredible week of diagnoses over a year ago, he must have been floored. This year, as well as What We Did on Our Holiday, he will have the third Hobbit film coming out and later this month will embark on a stand-up tour of Scotland. “The Parkinson’s, I feel the effect of it every day. I told him and he told me many times.” Does he think people stopped telling him they loved him?