Monday, September 9, 2013

TIFF 2013 Colin Firth says there is no such thing as “just acting”

Actor Colin Firth says he tries to ask questions when he\'s approaching a role. He has two films at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Katherine Monk
Published: September 8, 2013, 6:21 pm
Updated: 12 hours ago

Jacki Weaver referred to him as “that bastard!” — but she said it with a gigantic smile, because even if Colin Firth really were a scoundrel, we’d like him anyway.

It’s a rare talent to be lovable yet aloof, and it’s clearly one that serves the English Oscar winner extremely well because even as he sits stiffly in a comfy chair wearing a finely tailored black suit, crisp white shirt and the kind of thick-rimmed glasses that make everyone look like they’re an extra on Mad Men, he projects a prickly pear sweetness.

Cast of The Railway Man

You want to know him, plumb his Firthy fruit and squeeze it, which no doubt explains why he’s so incredibly guarded.

“It’s fine,” he says, as he addresses the issue of the celebrity cocktail blender that is the Toronto International Film Festival. “You have to pace yourself and remember that you have a home to go to.”

Firth will be homeward bound in just a few hours, but right now, he’s talking about Devil’s Knot, the new Atom Egoyan movie in which he plays a special investigator looking into the case of three teens accused of murder, now known as the West Memphis Three.


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