Detective Pikachu made actor Bill Nighy a Pokémon super fan

Detective Pikachu made actor Bill Nighy a Pokémon super fan

Detective Pikachu has made its debut in Japan, and fans from all over the world will be headed to the theater. Early reviews suggest this will be a dream come true for longtime fans, but what about newcomers? Legendary and The Pokémon Company are also hoping to create lots of new Pokémon fans. Can Detective Pikachu win the hearts of the masses? If Bill Nighy is any indication, the answer is yes!

Nighy is an accomplished actor with four decades of roles in film and television, including Detective Pikachu‘s Howard Clifford. His latest character is something of a Pokémon fanatic, but Nighy himself was totally ignorant of the series prior to taking the job. Ever the professional, he set out to fix this.


Nighy discovers the world of Pokémon

I did a crash course in Pokémon lore and bought every book available, including the deeply impressive Pokédex. I love the collecting. When I get around to it, I’m going to download the [Pokémon Go] app and go to Strasbourg. Someone told me they went Pokémon hunting in Strasbourg, which made an impression on me.

What started as research for a job turned into a new passion. At 69 years old, he’s even planning to go out and play Pokémon GO! Since immersing himself in the world of Pokémon, Nighy has also become a collector. He even received a limited edition Pikachu collectible from Tsunekazu Ishihara, CEO of The Pokémon Company.  His most impressive Pokémon goodies come from the movie itself. Howard Clifford’s office is decorated with massive, stone carvings of ancient Pokémon. After filming wrapped up, Nighy took these home with him.

I now own them. They are absolutely enormous. They weigh a tonne. They’re in my cellar at the moment because I have to find a wall strong enough to hold them.

Not long ago, Nighy couldn’t tell a Pikachu from a Charizard, but now he loves the series enough to decorate his house with its lore. Of all the ancient Pokémon, Mew is his favorite. Nighy loves Mew because he’s “majestic, elegant, and powerful.” I can’t argue with that!

Many people see Pokémon as a franchise for children, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If Bill Nighy can fall in love with the world of Pokémon, anyone can.


Ben Lamoreux
Nintendo Enthusiast's Managing Editor. I grew up on Super Nintendo and never stopped playing. Been writing video game news, opinions, reviews, and interviews professionally for over a decade. Favorite franchises include Zelda, Metroid, and Mother.