Talking Movies: Interview with Colin Firth (“A Single Man”)

BBC Talking Movies host and Anglophenia guest blogger Tom Brook recently chatted with Colin Firth, whose new film, A Single Man, has been drawing raves. The film is out on tomorrow (Dec. 11), and already Firth is widely seen as a contender in the forthcoming Oscar race. He won the best actor prize for his work at the Venice Film Festival earlier this year.

By the way, A Single Man features Nicholas Hoult, who played Tony on the BBC AMERICA drama, Skins.

Take it away, Tom…

Tom Brook: I interviewed Colin Firth in a hotel suite in New York last Monday. His role in A Single Man – in which he plays a gay man in early 1960′s California who’s mourning the death of his longtime partner – is clearly a passion project. He’s not one to blow his own trumpet, but Firth seemed to acknowledge, as many critics have been declaring, that this may be one of his finest performances.

For many Firth is best remembered for his 1995 portrayal of Mr. Darcy in the BBC TV adaptation of Jane Austen‘s novel Pride and Prejudice. With his brooding good looks, the series turned Firth into an international heartthrob.

But Firth was never just a pretty face: he has a formidable intelligence. He was quite insightful as we discussed A Single Man, which is based on a short novel written by the British author Christopher Isherwood. The actor had a lot of praise for fashion designer Tom Ford, who is making his directorial debut with A Single Man.

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Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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