Billy Connolly Says His Life Is 'Slipping Away' And He's 'Near The End'
Legendary actor and comedian Billy Connolly spoke about his health, telling a documentary that he can feel his life "slipping away".
The upcoming documentary for BBC Scotland focuses on Connolly's life, career and ultimately his struggle with Parkinson's disease.
In 2012 Connolly was diagnosed with both Parkinson's and prostate cancer on the same day. According to the comedian, a chance encounter with an Aussie doctor led him to his Parkinson's diagnosis.
"He said, ''I'm a surgeon and I have been watching you walking, you have a strange gait'. That was the way he put it," Conolly recalled.
The 76-year-old underwent surgery on his prostate and was cleared of cancer soon after diagnosis.
Now, several years after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's, the comedian revealed he feels he is "at the wrong end of the telescope of life".
"I'm at the point where the yesteryears mean more than the yesterdays," Connolly said.
"My life, it’s slipping away and I can feel it and I should," Connolly said, "I’m 75, I’m near the end. I’m a damn sight nearer the end than I am the beginning. But it doesn’t frighten me, it’s an adventure and it is quite interesting to see myself slipping away."
Connolly described losing "talents and attributes" like his balance, hearing and energy. "They all came at a time and they just slipped away, thank you."
"It is like somebody is in charge of you and they are saying 'right, I added all these bits when you were a youth, now it is time to subtract'."
"It takes a certain calm to deal with, and I sometimes don't have it. I sometimes get angry with it, but that doesn't last long, I just collapse in laughter."
Connolly reflected on the disease, acknowledging that in life all other ailments have come and gone. "This isn't going anywhere," he said adding, "It is going to get worse".
"I am very lucky in as much as I made a bit of a mark and you think, ‘Well I must have done something right.’ And that keeps you company when you are older, is the fact that when you were creative, you created well, it accompanies you, it is a great companion."
"There is still time to go yet, there are still places to go, new friends to make, maybe new songs to write and sing and jokes to tell."
Billy Connolly: Made in Scotland is set to air in the UK this Friday.
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