Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Colin Firth plays name game in ‘Arthur Newman’ Tuesday, April 23, 2013 By: Stephen Schaefer, Movies (THE EDGE)

What’s in a name? For an actor, a lot — which is why so many change theirs to fit a big-screen image.

Colin Firth, however, kept the one given to him at birth.

“It makes a huge difference to people. I don’t know how reliable this is but I read a study of people who’d been given silly names — names where their parents decided to give their kids some sort of comical name or something — and they had a higher percentage of psychological problems and even suicides.

“I do think what we call things makes a difference to how we see them, and what we call people might make a difference as well,” said the 52-year-old Oscar winner.

“I remember feeling how ordinary my name sounded growing up. I thought it would be wonderful to have an Italian sounding name or one from central Europe, something like that. Maybe we adjust ourselves to how our name sounds.

“My last name sounds a bit like a grunt on the phone,” he noted.

READ MORE: http://bostonherald.com/entertainment/movies/2013/04/firth_plays_name_game_in_arthur_newman

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