Monday, September 9, 2013

Disappearing act: Colin Firth looks half the Single Man he used be at Devil's Knot premiere in Toronto

Thinner: Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon swap diet tips at the Devil's Knot' film premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival as the King's Speech actor shows off his slimmer figure

PUBLISHED: 08:10 EST, 9 September 2013 | UPDATED: 09:19 EST, 9 September 2013

Colin Firth's Hollywood ascendance appears to have affected his waistline.

The Single Man actor looked extremely slim on the red carpet at the Toronto premiere of new film Devil's Knot, alongside his co-star Reese Witherspoon.

Firth has shed pounds to play a prisoner of war in upcoming film The Railway Man. 

Based on the true story of British officer Eric Lomax, Firth plays the soldier who is captured by the Japanese during the Second World War and forced to work on the Thai-Burma railway.

The Oscar-winning actor, who won for The King's Speech has previously spoken about how mastering a character’s physical appearance is key to his acting method.

He said: ‘Some people spend days, weeks even, getting inside a character, getting under his skin, working out how he thinks, what makes him tick.

‘My secret is that I get outside the character. Take my character in [2009 film] A Single Man: it’s the big glasses that draw you in, make George’s anguish believable.’

Meanwhile co-star Reese Witherspoon has also waged her own battle to shed the baby pounds, and she has certainly won it.

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