Los Angeles: Actor Kunal Nayyar, who has been with American TV show The Big Bang Theory since the beginning, says he will be associated with it for as long as possible.
"We could all have walking sticks doing The Big Bang Theory season 20. I think realistically there's less time left now than there was on the show before. Maybe it will go to 11, 12 or 13. I will do it as long as I can. But I think it is somewhere in that range,” Bang showbiz magazine quoted Nayyar as saying, reports femalefirst.co.uk.
The 34-year-old has essayed the role of Raj Koothrappali in the show since 2007, with actors Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco and Simon Helberg.
"We have one more series in our contract, that's season 10. Other than that I don't know. But I'll keep doing it for as long as they will have me,” the actor added.
However, in the same interview, the actor also admitted that he could see the end of the show in the near future — perhaps over the next five years.
He also said that he felt very lucky to have starred on the show for several years and that each script felt like a gift.
"You know I wake every day and get a script and I open it and it's like Christmas morning, because I'm just so excited to read it, the writers never let us down, they are such incredible story tellers and they have evolved these characters so beautifully. Sometimes you don't get the time to do what you want but we've had so much time and hopefully we'll have a little bit more. I just trust the writers," Kunal said.
In separate news, the cast of The Big Bang Theory got a chance to meet up with Arthur McDonald, the co-winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in physics, last week.
McDonald was invited to the sets by the show's show's science consultant, David Saltzberg.
"(David) was a student of ours at Princeton University when I was professor there in the 1980s. He actually worked for us as a summer student," McDonald told CBA News. "When he heard about the (Nobel) prize, he sent me a congratulations and said, 'If you're in Los Angeles some time, perhaps you would like to come and sit in on a taping of the show'."
The Big Bang Theory has a concept called "geek of the week" where Saltzberg occasionally invites real scientists to the sets to meet the cast and crew.