Friday, October 18, 2013

Colin Firth is a one-night Romeo, worried family man and insane executive... but only for new photo series exploring art of acting

Colin Firth's instructions in Caught in the Act: 'You're a bipolar creative director of an ad agency, off your meds...'

PUBLISHED: 17:58 EST, 17 October 2013 | UPDATED: 00:17 EST, 18 October 2013

He has played a number of diverse roles in his career, including King George VI in The King's Speech, Mr Darcy in the BBC television adaptation of Pride & Prejudice, and Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer in film Girl With A Pearl Earring.

And Colin Firth is showing off his diverse acting talent yet again this time via via photographs in new book Caught In The Act: Actors Acting.

The book, by award-winning photographer Howard Schatz sees the 53-year-old actor play a womaniser who can't remember the name of his latest conquest and a concerned father who just heard gunshots while at the mall with his family.

He's also a mad ad man who has neglected to take his medication in the book which sees actors asked to showcase their talents in a series of photos that capture their transformation into different characters.

Firth was given three radically different scenarios and asked to inhabit the characters while photographer Schatz snapped the picture.

In one of the photographs in the series, Firth was given the following rather precise instruction: 'You're a bipolar creative director of an ad agency, off your meds and trying to sell some McDonald executives on the idea of Photoshopping a Big Mac into a Rembrandt self-portrait, for a campaign you're calling "Going Dutch/Burgers and Burghers".'

In the photo, the actor goes wild eyed, staring directly at the camera with his mouth agape, giving the handsome distinguished actor a look of lunacy.

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