Bill Nighy – Colonel Osborne in He Knew He Was Right
He Knew He Was Right is a BBC drama in 4 parts, broadcasted in 2004.
Bill Nighy about Colonel Osborne
He stars as the caddish Colonel Osborne who drives a wedge between Louis and his wife Emily by visiting her too frequently and causing gossip in society. It’s fair to say that he’s not a nice man.
“Not at all,” agrees Nighy with a sardonic smile. “He’s a vain man who behaves in a manner which is heartless and cruel. In the novel it’s slightly ambiguous but I think there’s no doubting where Trollope stands on the matter.
“Osborne technically does no wrong, but in effect he causes great harm to two young people who could really live without it. It’s fair to say that he knows what he’s doing.”
Though he hopes he wouldn’t behave like Colonel Osborne, Nighy can understand his motives.
“He doesn’t expect to have any real affair with Emily. He’s presumably had a career in the world of women. He’s had some success in that area and now I think he’s got to that age when he can still cause a flutter around the house.
“That he can still be considered a threat I think he finds irresistibly flattering, because he’s reached a certain age where his appeal is fading.”
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