In films like “Notting Hill,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” and “Love, Actually,” writer/director Richard Curtis used the familiar tropes of romantic comedy to hopefully say something a little deeper about who we are and what we’re looking for.
Forget all that, star Bill Nighy said of Curtis’s next movie, “The Boat That Rocked.” The only reason the film exists at all is so Curtis could get his hands on some kick-ass music. Seriously.
“It’s shameless, really,” Nighy laughed with MTV. “It has no other purpose but to make you laugh, and also to play all those records that charted between ’66 and ’67. It was a pretty good period. We’ve got the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones, and Diana Ross and all kinds of people.”
Also starring January Jones, Nick Frost, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Emma Thompson, and others, “The Boat That Rocked” follows several DJs at a pirate radio station. A REAL pirate radio station, mind you, as in skulls and crossbones, rum and treasure, and we’ll be right back after these messages from our sponsors.
“At the time, if you could get a boat three miles outside of territory waters, it was legal to pump in all the new rock and roll into England – you couldn’t find it anywhere else. 22 million kids everyday tuned into Radio Caroline and Radio London, and these pirates – they were called pirate radio stations – and they were arrested by the government and chased across the seas,” Nighy said of the film’s set-up. “It was a big deal, and I remember it when I was a kid.”
Nighy plays the owner of one of the pirate stations, a man named Quentin who “has probably altered his consciousness maybe one too many times,” the veteran actor joked.
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