"My life revolves around my family"
Grab your smelling salts, ladies. Colin Firth
is back on our screens. The Bridget Jones sequel is released in
November, but if you
can't wait that long look out for his performance in Trauma
Think of Colin
Firth and you automatically conjure up an image of tight breeches and a
dripping wet shirt. You just can’t help it, it’s all down to that
lakeside scene in Pride and
Ever since his unforgettably dashing portrayal of Mr Darcy in the TV
adaptation of the Jane Austen classic, Colin has become synonymous with
brooding, romantic hero.
But, according to the star, his real self couldn’t be more different.
Colin admits he’s dark, but not in the brooding sense.
“I’m fascinated by dark dreams, by the gloomy side of life,” he says
with an uneasy smile. “When it comes to music or literature I’m
definitely drawn to the dark stuff.”
In fact the star stays he’d much rather ditch the romantic leads for a
bit of horror, and feels his recent film, a Hitchcock thriller called Trauma, is closer to the real Colin
Firth than any of his previous roles.
In Trauma, he plays a man who
enters a nightmare world after waking from a coma to discover his wife
Elisa (Naomie Harris) has been killed in a car crash.
“It sounds a bit cheesy, but making Trauma
did feel like a homecoming to me,” he reveals. “I’ve really enjoyed
stuff that’s happened over the last few years but it was hard to find
anyone who would put me in anything like Trauma and I had a real hankering
for that sort of material. When I was on the set I thought I could
really spend my life doing this sort of stuff. And when I saw it too I
felt I just wanted to do films like this.”
Yet, somehow you get the feeling this might not happen. After all, this
is the man who single handedly made Jane Austen sexy and defined
romance in hit films such as Love
Actually, Girl With a Pearl Earring and Bridget Jones’s Diary.
Those roles have helped him not only to become one of Britain’s most
successful leading men, but also one of its sexiest.
It’s not an image that sits comfortably with the Hampshire born star,
who’s just turned 44.
“It’s utterly bizarre to hear people discussing me in sexual terms.
It’s not something I’m used to,” he says looking horribly embarrassed.
“I’m just glad I didn’t achieve my so-called status until I was 35. The
truth is before I met my wife I only had two girlfriends. When I met
her parents, who live in Italy, I jokingly mentioned that I was
something of a sex god in England and they burst out laughing,” he
says, laughing himself.
Sex symbol or not, Colin clearly only has eyes for one woman, his
stunning wife, Italian documentary maker, Livia Giuggioli.
The pair met on the set of the 1995 movie Nostromo and married two years
later. The couple have two sons, Matteo, born last year and
three-year-old Luca. Colin also has another 13-year-old son Will, who
lives in America with his mother, actress Meg Tilly.
“My life revolves around my family,” he says. “But, obviously you do
wonder if you’re giving them enough time.”
It’s a particular worry for the hard-working star, who says he comes
“completely absorbed” in his roles.
Colin’s next film is the eagerly awaited Bridget Jones sequel, The Edge of Reason. Renée
Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin are all reprising their roles and Colin
reveals that fans are in for a treat.
“The script is very, very funny,” he smiles. “It’s strange, but I don’t
actually remember even signing up for a sequel, but somehow I seemed to
have ended up in it. I think myself and Hugh would have been the bad
guys if we hadn’t have agreed to do it, but though a sequel is fraught
with danger and most of us were sceptical about doing another Bridget
Jones, any fears we did have were allayed the minute Renée
opened her mouth,” he laughs. “I thought ‘She’s great. This is going to
be fun,’ and it is.”
And whether he likes it or not, the next Bridget Jones instalment won’t
do anything to dent that sexy image he’s desperately trying to shake
off. But he should count himself lucky. If the Pride and Prejudice programme
makers had had their way, we would have seen a whole lot more of Mr
“I still find it amusing that what the public doesn’t know is that the
original screenplay for Pride and
Prejudice called for Mr Darcy to jump into the pool nude,” he
reveals with a chuckle. “But of course, we couldn’t do that because it
was for the BBC on Sunday evening.”