In the Public Eye

Hope Springs Premiere
London, April 28, 2003

Crowds in Leicester Square were not disappointed at Colin's arrival for the premiere of Hope Springs. Colin greeted his fans, posing for photos, signing autographs and even talking on their cellphones (a la Tom Cruise).  He and Minnie Driver made a sensational showing at the star-studded premiere, which attracted the likes of former co-star Kristen Scott Thomas and current co-star Mena Suvari (Trauma). Matthew Perry and Hank Azaria, co-starring with Minnie in the West End, brought some Hollywod glitter to the event.
  • “Men and women love him”...I think men want to be like him and aren’t threatened by him and women just love him and want to take care of him.” (Minnie Driver)
  • “I really couldn’t be working with anybody more spectacular,” she positively gushed. “I think he’s extremely  intelligent, he’s such a wonderful person.” (Mena Suvari)
Empire confirmed Colin's heartthrob status but also proclaimed him a true "charmer" and "one jammy git" because of his enviable position in the film Hope Springs with Minnie and Heather Graham.

While Colin looked to be thoroughly enjoying the red carpet, he told [Hello!] that stardom is not without its pitfalls. Ever since Bridget Jones's Diary shoping has apparently become quite a headache for the actor. "There I am in the supermarket queue with my basket when I see people looking at me and they just start to laugh," he revealed. "There was this one bloke who actually got on his mobile. I could hear him saying 'yeah, and he's got toilet rolls'. What do they think I do?"

Thanks to Empire for its premiere coverage; full report here

 The Hope Springs London premiere galleries start here

A Tribute to The Leopard
April 24, 2003

The English Centre of International PEN's tribute to Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's The Leopard was a sold-out event and considered the most successful ever, according to the literary organization.. Held at the Italian Cultural Institute in Belgrave Square, the program featured Colin Firth's expertly delivered readings from The Leopard, which were interspersed between biographical selections from Lampedusa's biographer David Gilmour and the novelist Edna O'Brien's own impressions of the novel.

A lovely wine reception capped the evening, at which many of Colin's fans were able to meet with him. PEN described the evening as "a delight for the mind and senses."

Additional details may be found here

Photo by Steve Wood

Colin with Lampedusa biographer David Gilmour and novelist Edna O'Brien

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