View (with Meredith Viera, Star
Jones, Joy Behar and cohost finalist Erin Hershey Presley)
November 11, 2003
transcribed by Ada
Erin Hershey Presley: Actor Colin Firth has been charming audiences in films like Shakespeare in Love, Bridget Jonesís Diary and now heís won them over again in a funny romantic comedy called Love Actually. Take a look. [clip of lake scene] Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Colin Firth!
[Enters from stage left, walks across to sofas, with crowd cheering wildly]
Colin Firth: Hello, hello.
Erin: Your movie is great!
Colin: Thank you.
Erin: I went to go see it over the weekend and the LA audiences were clapping and cheering afterwards.
Colin: (muttering) Thatís great
Erin: You know, thatís good.
Joy Behar: Itís an adorable movie, but itís not cloying. Itís funny.
Joy: You know that, like you were really caught [gestures toward hip area] caught on pants.
Colin: Okay, yeah. Okay, yeah.
Erin: Now, in this film, you play a writer who falls in love with his Portuguese housekeeper.
Erin: And yíall canít communicate because of the language barrier. You had to learn Portuguese, quite a bit of it. Was that tough?
Colin: I learned one page of Portuguese. Itís not quite the same thing.
Erin: Well, was it, was it hard to be able to...and how many times did you have to start over?
Colin: Many, many times. I mean, I was going to make claims for my Portuguese until I found out that somebody here is Portuguese.
Meredith Viera: Iím Portuguese.
Erin: Are you really, Meredith?
Meredith: But I donít speak Portuguese.
Colin: You donít?
Meredith: I never learned. Do you know how to sayó
Colin: (interrupting) Oh! Now! Then Iím fluent!
Meredith: Do you know how to say ďI love youĒ in Portuguese?
Colin: Iíd think, youíd probably, I think itís, ďte amo,Ē I would imagine or something.
Meredith: Look at me and say it now. [laughter]
Colin: (deeper voice) Te amo.
Meredith: Oh, thatís lovely.
Colin: Itís, uh...
Meredith: You donít say that in the film, though.
Colin: No, but I say it all wrong. So I, uh, I say things like...umÖ ďIíve comes to ask the hands of your daughter. I know, I seems madĒ and itís...the...you know, itís basically the comedy of miscommunication. I tend to find I have a language barrier anyway with everybody, a little bit.
Joy: Why do you say that?
Colin: Well, because, wherever you travel, you tend to find youíre divided by a common language. I mean you, you have a word and I have a word and we think weíve got it in common and in fact it means completely different things to everybody.
Joy: Thatís true. We donít say lift for example (Colin: Yeah) unless weíre talking about our boobs.
Colin: No. [Laughter]
Joy: But you guys use the elevator as the lift.
Colin: Well, you talk about fanny and that means something very different in this country. You could get into all sorts of trouble if youíre an English person...
Star Jones: Now you are co-starring again, or I should say reunited, with Hugh Grant in this film and then again in one of my very favorite movies of all time, Bridget Jonesís Diary, the sequel. [Lots of reaction from the audience, screaming and yelling] I love it! And every girl I know fell madly in love with you when you told her that you like her just like she is. [large smiles all around]
Colin: Ohhhhmmmm [Does his low-in-throat chuckle]
Star: I canít believe it, Iím verklempt! [hands appropriately fanning self] I, I still am! So, youíre still fighting over Renee Zellweger in this movie, right?
Colin: Yes, we are and, in fact, it...itís, uh, an odd way to put it that Hugh and I come together again because what all we do is fight really. I mean this is my third movie with Hugh and all weíve done is pull each otherís hair, scratch each other, uhm, you know itís not exactly very manly.
Meredith: That means youíre secretly attracted to each other.
Joy: Oh, my God!
Meredith: Thatís what it means when you psychoanalyze...If youíre always fighting...
Colin: Thatís very secret.
Erin: You guys are a good team though.
Star: Has anyone ever gotten really hurt?
Colin: (totally deadpan) Hugh gets hurt quite a lot. [Lots of laughter]
Erin: Thatís a perfect response!
Erin: Yeah, your grandparents were missionaries in Nigeria. You, youíve spent a lot of your childhood there, did you not?
Colin: Yeah, my grandparents were missionaries, uh, in India. I was raised in Nigeria until I was about four.
Erin: What was that like?
Colin: Well, I was four. [Laughter, Joy obviously getting a huge kick out of that answer] So, uh...
Erin: Well, yeah.
Colin: Itís, uh, funnily enough, I do, I do have memories or think I have memories. Iíve got a little playbacks, you know [makes rewind gestures toward his head]
Joy: Have you ever been, have you always been naturally funny, cause you are just funny [Erin: I know] even though youíre gorgeous.
Colin: Yes, uhÖjust naturally hilarious.
Star: And naturally gorgeous.
Colin: Except, except when I, um, I try to crack a joke then the smiles just wipe off on everyoneís faces.
Star: Speaking of naturally gorgeous, he was recently voted Britainís most sexiest film star.
Colin: Iíve got to tell myó
[Lots of yelling and cheering from audience and he appears to be blushing]
Star: Uh, so, Britainís most sexy film star has also been married to his wife, Livia, what, 1997?
Star: So long a time. Look at you, face just cracked, okay [Colin smiles] and what does she think about the sexiest film star in Britain?
Colin: Well, I think, you know, when she sees that, she probably immediately wants to get on the phone to my mother and say ďWill you stop voting over and over.Ē
Star: Do you think it bothers her that all the girls think that youíre just, like, the catís meow?
Colin: You know, we, I donít, we donít really talk about it, very much. Itís notó
Joy: In Britain, they say dashing. Dashing.
Colin: Yes, I quite like dashing. I try to talk about it, but she just doesnít seem to. Eyes glaze over and, you know, gets that wearyó
Meredith: I want to congratulate you because you recently had a another son. A little boy, Matteo.
Colin: Yes, yes. Thank you.
Meredith: This is so nice. And you, you have a 2-year old son, Luca? (Colin: Thatís right) and when he was born you called him ďbeautiful turnip.Ē
Colin: I donít know. Did I say beautiful?
Meredith: Yes, what you said, he looked like a beautiful turnip so...
Colin: Yeah, well, heís grown out of that.
Meredith: Yeah? What about Matteo? What does he look like?
Colin: Well, now, Matteo, uhm, he doesnít really look like anything agricultural. Heís a...Matte...Luca grew out, Luca grew out of the root vegetable phase when he was about 8 months. [Much laughter throughout]
Meredith: To more of a human sort...
Colin: Well, you know heís now an implausibly beautiful child actually. Heís so...But you kind of need eyelashes, donít you? And eyebrowsó
Colin: ...hair, teeth chin. Itó
Meredith: To fill out the picture, yes?
Colin: It adds, you know, I think, to the human. Usually, the...Call me conventional, but I, you know, uh...My idea of beauty involves these accessories.
[Roars of laughter from audience and View ladies.]
Erin: Ah! Accessories!
Colin: Now Matteo is beginning to develop signs of one day having those. And, uh, the only comparison...The head is, shaped a tiny bit like a kumquat. Do you know those things?
Joy: Oh thatís adorable!
Colin: Thatís, thatís correcting itself now.
Erin: Well, if theyíre anything like their father, then thatís wonderful. Our thanks to Colin Firth. Your film is awesome! Love Actually is in theaters right now. Weíll be right back.
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