Nicole Kidman has been cast as Colin Firth’s wife in ‘The Railway Man,’ replacing Rachel Weisz in the role.
Weisz was forced to drop out of the project because she’s required to do additional shooting on ‘The Bourne Legacy’ and ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful.’
‘The Railway Man,’ directed by Jonathan Teplitzy, is in pre-production to start shooting in April. A U.K.-Australian co-production backed by Lionsgate Intl., it’s based on Eric Lomax’s autobiography about his horrific experiences as a Japanese prisoner in World War II, and his remarkable reconciliation with one of his captors 30 years later.
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Colin Firth is sexy, dashing, Academy award-winning … and available?
Firth, 51, is teaming with Oxfam America, a charity dedicated to ending poverty, to raise funds by auctioning himself. The winning bidder and a friend will meet the King’s Speech star at the Dec. 6 premiere of his movie Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and be chauffeured to a Chateau Marmont after party.
Note to the winner: don’t worry if you geek out meeting the Brit face-to-face. Firth has experienced some awestruck moments of his own meeting his idols.
“Ever so often, I will meet someone who I greatly admire and get truly dumbstruck,” Firth tells PEOPLE. “I’m a big fan of the people in the world of music and literature. If I’m a big fan of somebody, I prefer to keep at a safe distance because I don’t know what I will do.”
People forget this, but seven years before Colin Firth became an Oscar winner for playing the King of England, and before Firth became the no-doubt-about-it household name that he is today, he hosted ‘SNL,’ back in March of 2004. Firth is currently promoting his new spy thriller, ‘Tinker Tailor Solider Spy,’ but took some time to reminisce about his hosting duties and made it clear that, yes, he wants to host ‘SNL’ again. The ball is in your court, ‘SNL.’ (And, yes, ‘SNL,’ you should totally let Colin Firth host again.)
You hosted ‘SNL’ back in 2004. Did you have fun doing that?
Funny, I was talking about this to somebody last night. I had a lot of fun. It was very frightening. I didn’t realize how much fun I’d had until the week after it was over.
I’ve heard that before.
Yeah, you miss the adrenaline. You miss the camaraderie and taking that risk together.
Colin Firth owns up to having a thing for shiny gadgets and makes a case for the retirement of eco guilt.
I am surrounded by admirable people who want to change the world (some in close proximity) and they are always on the lookout for ways to do just that. Naturally they examine their own lives and very often they like to have a look at mine too. A continual pressure point just happens to be my perceived love of gadgets. These observers point out how my own collection has squandered virgin resources to make the objects in the first place and highlight the dubious supply chain now inherent in the electronics industry. But most pernicious of all, according to them, are my too-frequent upgrades.
Firstly a point of order: I believe my lusting after electronics is over sold within my own family. I am not seduced by all gadgets. I believe that I may have, for example, one of the oldest television sets in the western world. I just have no interest in acquiring a new one. But I should also come clean. In common with millions of other technology consumers I have been seduced by one particular brand – yes, the one with a fruit related logo. Perhaps I am not as devoted as the young boy who had the logo shaved into the back of his head. But I fell for those initial seemingly brave brand values and the innovation of those shiny slim gadgets.
The thing is, I want to live in a world where it’s OK to upgrade. How do we make that happen? We need to put pressure on the brands and the companies to take responsibility for their supply chain until this becomes a reality.
Colin was in a few pages of the current issue of The Hollywood Reporter (16 September) and I’ve added those to the gallery. I’ve also added scans of Premiere France (February 2011) and Elle DK (February 2010) thanks to Elke and Connie, respectively!
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Our dear Colin makes the Vanity Fair International Best-Dressed List for the first time ever this year. Also noteworthy are fellow Oscar nominated British actress, Carey Mulligan, The Dutchess of Cambridge, Justin Timberlake and Tilda Swinton.
A Sneak-Peak at the list:
INTERNATIONAL BEST-DRESSED LIST: WOMEN
CARLA BRUNI-SARKOZY, singer-songwriter, actress, and First Lady of France
H.H. SHEIKHA MOZA BINT NASSER OF QATAR, wife of H.H. the Emir of Qatar and
UNESCO special envoy for basic and higher education
H.R.H. THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE, wife of the future King of England
ANDREA DELLAL, mother of four
CAREY MULLIGAN, actress
CHRISTINE LAGARDE, managing director, International Monetary Fund
TILDA SWINTON, filmmaker and actress
LIZZIE TISCH, entrepreneur
H.S.H. PRINCESS CHARLENE OF MONACO, former Olympic swimmer and wife of Albert
II, Prince of Monaco
JANE LAUDER WARSH, president of Origins and Ojon
INTERNATIONAL BEST-DRESSED LIST: MEN
MARIO D’URSO, chairman of Mittel Capital
ARPAD BUSSON, financier
ALEJANDRO SANTO DOMINGO, financier
COLIN FIRTH, actor
STAVROS NIARCHOS, shipping heir
NICHOLAS FOULKES, historian, writer, and editor
MARCUS SAMUELSSON, chef, restaurant owner, and cookbook author
ARMIE HAMMER, actor
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, actor, producer, singer-songwriter, and designer
JENSON BUTTON, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 driver
Colin Firth has made this year’s Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential” list.The article as written by Dame Helen Mirren.
There are two Colin Firths, who live symbiotically within each other. First is a man of principle, action and compassion, who fights for the powerless. Second is a beloved actor in Britain and an international film star.
There’s also a new photo in the gallery!
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A crisis emerged yesterday afternoon as Academy voters and many a British person traded holiday malaise for Oscar fever at a private luncheon for awards favorite The King’s Speech on the Upper East Side. Colin Firth, the movie’s titular stammering monarch and the event’s guest of honor, had apparently contracted a mild case of laryngitis. “And our pitch is ‘Find Your Voice!’” whispered a distraught Weinstein Company employee.
We suspected the lost voice angle might have just been one of those tried-and-true publicist tricks to keep reporters at a distance from the star. But as the luncheon progressed, and we kept an eye on Mr. Firth, he seemed to be doing far more smiling than conversing. Then Firth and director Tom Hooper, who’d discovered he’d been nominated for a DGA award on the car ride to the lunch just a half-hour earlier, took to the front of the room for a Q&A. Hooper alone talked for the first ten minutes and we saw Oscar-luncheon-hostess extraordinaire Peggy Siegel pass a note to the moderator, “THEY WANT TO HEAR FROM COLIN TOO.” That seemed to do the trick.
Firth’s voice miraculously restored, he went on to talk about how he and Geoffrey Rush had been “ships in the night” on the set of Shakespeare In Love thirteen years ago, but had cemented a friendship in various pubs during the promotional tour for it. And about how some of the film’s best lines in King’s Speech came from the letters of King George VI himself; Hooper had found them just sitting in a filing cabinet in the home of speech therapist Lionel Logue’s grandson’s London flat, unknown to archivists or historians.
Afterwards, we congratulated Firth on — heh — finding his voice. He was confused. “Oh, my voice is all right. It’s not an issue. It’s not quite enough for a story, I’m afraid. I just had a cold.” Drat. Well, in the name of imposing inane Oscar-race stories on unsuspecting actors, how did he feel about being in the Best Actor hunt against Jeff Bridges just a year after losing to Jeff Bridges? “I don’t think I can go around saying I’m just trying to make the best of the situation. This is not something to be wished away,” said Firth, laughing off this silly imposed story line yet again. “No one would describe this process as restful. But, you know, there’s plenty of time for rest. And you do spend most of your time in a daze; if it’s not by jet lag it’s by this rather unreal situation of being the center of attention and under the lights among all these people and just talking about yourself all the time, which is not very natural. But there’s nothing inflicted on you willfully by people who want to disturb your peace of mind. You are in it by choice. And you have to remember that.” Glad he got to say that.