Colin Firth My Children Would Tell You That Im Not At All Cool Or Suave
He was never picked to play James Bond, but Colin Firth says he revelled in the chance to play spy Harry Hart in the new tongue-in-cheek movie Kingsman: The Secret Service.
With Kick Ass director Matthew Vaughn at the helm there was bound to be a certain amount of violence, but Firth, 54, says there’s an element of humour in the brutality.
“It’s a very complicated question,” says the Hampshire-born actor, who has won an Oscar, a Golden Globe and two BAFTAs.
“Because unless you believe there should never be any physical conflict in any storytelling, then it has to become a conversation about how it’s done and what it’s for.
“And if you’ve ever seen Laurel and Hardy or a Punch and Judy show, or a pantomime, or Monty Python, then of course fights are there to be funny.
“I think, of course, it’s intense and extreme, but I think you have to see the film and decide for yourself where your threshold lies.
Espionage: Firth as spy Harry Hart
“For me, it’s comic book, it’s playful, it’s satirical and it’s not gory. I think you’re going to see an awful lot worse by switching on the TV than you see in this film.”
The movie, based on a comic book, also stars Sir Michael Caine as head of the Kingsman spy agency and Samuel L Jackson as villain Richmond Valentine, an internet billionaire who is trying to take over the world.
From Mr Darcy to Bridget Jones, Colin has a history of being suave on screen, but he insists that is not the real Firth.
“My children would tell you that I’m not at all cool or suave,” he smiles, “and so my only chance to really become like that is when I’m making a film.
“People imagine me to be very close in real life to Mr Darcy. Even though there is a fair bit of me in him, I could never live up to people’s expectations.”
Kingsman: The Secret Service is released next Thursday. See the trailer below and read David Edwards review HERE
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