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People in Film | Colin Firth
Posted October 24, 2011 to photo album "People in Film | Colin Firth"
Whether as a spy, a single man, a king, or a romantic icon, Colin Firth has always been able to bring a clear, albeit complex, sense of humanity to his characters.
Colin Firth | More than Mr. Darcy
Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy in “Pride and Prejudice” and as Mark Darcy in BRIDGET JONES’ DIARY
While Darcy established his heartthrob status, Firth never indulged the stereotype. Throughout the 90s, Firth took parts that seemed to fly in the face of the Darcy mold. In the Oscar-winning THE ENGLISH PATIENT, he suffers as a Kristin Scott-Thomas’ betrayed husband, and then rises up as the football lover in the film adaptation of Nick Hornby’s FEVER PITCH. As the conniving Lord Wessex in SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, he appeared more dastardly than Darcy-esque. In other work, like Oliver Parker’s adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, a romp that paired him again with Rupert Everett, Firth proved, according to Newsweek’s David Ansen, that his “comic timing is subtle and seductive”. But despite his best efforts to shuffle off the coil of romantic lead, the role of Darcy beckoned him, although in a different guise. When it came to casting Mark Darcy, the quiet hero in the film adaptation of Helen Fielding’s bestseller BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY –– a figure that shares more than just a name with Austen’s hero –– the filmmakers went straight to Firth. Indeed the Firth/Darcy connection becomes almost postmodern. As the film was rolling out in cinemas, fans were reading in Helen Fielding’s 1999 sequel Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason how the book’s heroine interviews Colin Firth, whom she’s had a crush on since having seen him in “Pride and Prejudice.” When Firth then signed on to make the 2004 film sequel BRIDGET JONES: THE EDGE OF REASON, the screenwriters had to omit that interview.