Colin Firth may not be one to sit down and binge-watch a marathon of rom-coms on a Saturday afternoon, but he does have a soft spot for the Bridget Jones series. And it’s not just because he co-stars in them.
Firth recently talked to Empire Magazine about how he may not be the prime demographic for the meet-cute kind of films, saying, “I really enjoyed doing them, but I don’t feel that I’m the target for romantic comedies on the whole, which might surprise people given how many of them I’ve found myself doing!”
You guys, being bonafide Colin Firth fans, probably know his filmography forward and backward, but, just to rattle off some examples, he’s referring to leading man roles in films like Shakespeare in Love (1998), Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) and its sequel The Edge of Reason (2004), The Importance of Being Earnest (2002), Love Actually (2003) and Mamma Mia! (2008).
He revealed in the interview that he’d only watched the first two Bridget Jones films once each, at their premieres.
But he told Empire he revisited the Bridget Jones films, re-watching them again just recently. It’s been a good 15 years since the original came out, so it can easily be like watching them for the first time. Firth talked about his impression, saying, “When I put on the first, I was struck by how good it was a film. Never mind the genre, I just liked it as a film and as a story. I thought it was beautifully made.”
Yes, yes, us too, Colin. We just really like it.
He talks about the 12-year gap between the last film and the latest, Bridget Jones’s Baby, set to come out this September, saying, “If we had left it five or six years it would have felt too long. But when you leave it more than 10, it’s not a question of too long, it almost feels like it takes on a nostalgic or retrospective feel.”
Agreed. We’re just happy to see Bridget, Mark Darcy and friends back on the big screen.
Hugh Grant will not return to reprise his role as Jones’s other former lover, but he recently mentioned Firth in a Reddit AMA Live Q&A. He was asked who he’d want to play him in an autobiographical film, and his response was, “Colin Firth, obviously. I know it’s the role he wants more than anything.”
Oh, Hugh. You will be missed, but we will not forget you as the iconic Daniel Cleaver.
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