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A very candid interview with Colin Firth in today’s Times. Apparently, Mr. Darcy is still the big monkey on his back:

“Every single film since there’s been a scene where someone goes, ‘Well I think you’ve just killed Mr. Darcy’. But he is a figure that won’t die. He is wandering somewhere. I can’t control him. I tried to play with it in Bridget Jones. I’ve never resented it – if it wasn’t for him I might be languishing, but part of me thinks I should do this postmodern thing, change my name by deed poll to Mr. Darcy. Then people can come up to me and say, ‘But you are not Mr. Darcy’ which would be different. I dare say it will be my saving grace when the only employment available to me is opening supermarkets dressed in breeches and a wig.”

  • Amy Winehouse apparently had her version of a Britney meldown at last night’s MOBO awards. The Sun‘s Victoria Newton says, “She staggered up the stage steps looking the worse for wear as she went to collect her gong at the O2 arena. Then she took the microphone and appeared to spit before saying a brief thank-you. She followed that with a shoddy rendition of ‘Tears Dry On Their Own’ – forgetting half the words.”

  • Winehouse’s alleged backstage demands at the MOBOs: “On the ‘essential’ list handed to the O2 Arena were one large bottle of vodka, two bottles of Jack Daniels and two more bottles of Veuve Cliquot, not to mention two bottles of red Rioja wine and 48 of Heineken beer.”(Daily Mail)
  • George Michael‘s admission that he hasn’t been tested for HIV since 2004 has been removed from the BBC documentary, Stephen Fry: HIV and Me.(BBC)
  • Duran Duran is shooting an X-rated video for their Justin Timberlake-produced single, “Falling Down.” The theme for the clip? Models in rehab. Simon Le Bon tells NME, “It’s very sad but there’s a kind of beauty in it as well. The song is about arrogance and pride, as well as personal breakdowns and the hope for redemption and the resilience of the human spirit.” And a whole lotta titty. The Daily Mail has pics from the shoot.
  • If this Spice Girls thing doesn’t work out, Mel B. could always audition to be the next Miss Applebottoms.(The Sun)
  • Boy George enlisted Naomi Campbell in his “bad taste” fashion show, featuring clothes inspired by Culture Club.(The Sun)
  • Will Kylie Minogue and Robbie Williams perform at next year’s BRITs?(Digital Spy)
  • Keane drummer Richard Hughes says Dr. Dre will be an influence on the band’s next album.”There’s a lot of interesting stuff coming out of America that’s… I mean, I’ve been listening to people like Dr. Dre for a long time, I think ‘2001’s a ridiculously amazing record and its probably the most played thing on my iPod. (Gigwise)
  • Sir Ben Kingsley will play William Shakespeare in a film version of the historical novel Will.(The Stage)
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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.