Q&A: Colin Firth
He's got the girl, but
can he keep her? Does he want to? Colin Firth is back as the surly but
smoldering Mark Darcy in "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason." He spoke
with Newsweek's Nicki Gostin about the perils of being dreamy.
Can you believe you're in a sequel?
We're denying that. There was already a second book, so
we're calling it a literary adaptation. We don't know what you're
You have a few scenes with Hugh Grant where
you both sort of fight like girls.
Very disappointing to hear you say that. Years of military training
went into what you see there. The truth is, we decided there was more
comedy in being utterly real about how two middle-aged men in suits
would fight. Very high in hormones, very low in ability.
I thought you were going to say
you were accustomed to fighting like a girl.
That is what I'm saying. The last time I actually had a fight, I was 7
years old—and I did fight exactly like that.
What was the fight about?
I believe somebody pulled my ears because I kicked his ball away.
Does the whole cult of Darcy
embarrass you? Do girls send you their undies?
No, I'm afraid the feedback I get is depressingly proper. And I've
lived with it too long for it to be embarrassing.
How does your wife deal with it?
It hit within weeks of us being together, so I think she felt she got a
slightly fraudulent package.
But by then you'd locked her up.
Quite, and made sure bridges were burned.
Hugh Grant seems like he takes
the p--s out of everyone. You included?
Relentlessly. It's an occupational hazard of working with him. I gave
back a bit, though.
Did you pull his ears?
There was some of that. If you get physical with him, his proclivity
for whining is as present as his razor wit.