Billy Connolly must be feeling reasonably pleased with himself at the
moment, what with bagging a chunky Bob Hoskins-style advertising
contract with British Gas for the next 18 months.
However, the Scots comedian was recently brought down to size in no
Connolly was on location in Iceland filming the rather curious epic for
Simons Palmer’s commercial to launch the British Gas credit card,
His presence was shrouded in secrecy in order to avoid unnecessary and
unwanted media attention, given that he is a relatively Big Noise in
Iceland (all Vikings together etc).
However, one day on the shoot it appeared his cover had been blown. ‘We
know you’re here,’ announced a triumphant Icelandic hack as he marched
Connolly’s cronies felt they might as well grant the journalist an
interview with their star and set off to prepare him in his trailer.
But they were stopped in their tracks, smartish. It wasn’t Billy that
the hack wanted. It was one of the technicians, a Swedish cameraman
called Sven Niqvist, who, apparently, is a slightly Bigger Noise in
Iceland than Connolly.
‘Sven is a national hero. He has six Oscar nominations, he’s done the
lighting on all Woody Allen’s films and he was big mates with Ingrid
Bergman,’ said our source. ‘Hardly anyone’s heard of Billy.’