His name is Colin, Colin Firth. In
England he is
a star, and he’s about to take off here in the film that recounts the
of the most famous single of the moment, and he defeats someone who is
a seducer by profession. Can you explain how you managed that?
win Bridget's love,
even beat up Hugh Grant
After this film,
never be the same. Having beaten Hugh Grant, the incarnation of British
fascination and glamour, is no small thing. Colin Firth is the man who
not only wins Grant’s girlfriend but who also beats him in a fight.
that’s indeed what happens to him in his role as Mark Darcy, the
and sullen lawyer who wins the heart of Bridget Jones in the film based
on Helen Fielding’s novel Bridget Jones’s Diary. A bestseller
came out in 1996 and has sold more than 4 million copies; published in
Italy by Sonzogno) that has entertained millions of women, especially
ones, who are quick to identify with this funny thirtysomething
who, with a number of extra pounds, is in search of soulmate. On the
she’ll meet two completely different men: Daniel, her boss, the classic
ladykiller and a bit of a shit but very fascinating, and Mark, a friend
of the family’s, who is too serious but who is reliable. The film, a
reproduction of the novel, comes out in Italy on October 19 and has as
its stars Renée Zellweger (Bridget Jones), Hugh Grant (Daniel),
and Colin Firth (Mark Darcy).
Firth is forty,
London, and has been in successful films such as Shakespeare in Love
and The English Patient, but most of all he conquered the
British public playing Mr Darcy in the television adaptation of Pride
and Prejudice. And given that Mark Darcy in Helen Fielding’s book
inspired by Jane Austen’s hero, the role couldn’t have been anyone but
The role of the winner doesn’t please me very much. My friends, my
were very pleased that I ended up with Bridget. But playing people who
lose interests me more. The character who loses the woman suffers more
and is more complex. Mark Darcy is very held in, reserved, introverted.
He represents the old type of British person, the kind that almost
exist anymore. The character played by Hugh is closer to the Brit of
did it feel to beat Hugh Grant as a lover?
I’m a mix of both. Also, in all
an actor plays there’s a part of himself/herself. I had been Daniel—but
that was in the past. A confirmed bachelor who didn’t want to be tied
Now I’m more like Mark. But not too much like him.
real life are you more like Mark or Daniel?
I was never desperate. To tell
there are few men who fear not being able to find a companion. Ten
ago I was happy being single. In general I was better alone than as
of a couple. Up until five years ago.
have you ever been, like Bridget, in a desperate state, as a single in
search of soulmate?
I met Livia, my wife. She is
we met in Colombia, during the filming of Nostromo. It was a
of the Rai and BBC, and she was working on the Italian production team.
I didn’t have any prejudices against marriage—it was simply that I had
never met a person who made me say, “OK, I want to spend my whole life
with you.” With Livia it happened. Now we have a baby, Luca, who is six
months old. He was born in Rome.
happened five years ago?
It would please me a lot.
the work I do makes it impossible. I don’t speak Italian well. And I
like dubbing. But I like Italian cinema.
you by any chance have any intention of moving to Italy?
With Gabrield Muccino. I saw L’ultimo
bacio and I liked it a lot. It had a distinctive tone. You could
that he knows how to direct actors well. And I’m also a fan of Gianni
and Giuseppe Tornatore.
what Italian director would you like to work?
I was in a school play at the
age of 5
and everyone said that I was good. I liked that. And I was always
by stories. I still am, and I like to tell stories. And I’ve begun to
did you decide to become an actor?
It’s still a hobby, but I’ve
a story. When I act, I pretend to be someone else, you mask
yourself. In writing, on the other hand, you reveal yourself. The first
time that someone that I didn’t know read a story of mine, I felt much
more exposed than I imagined. Someone was entering into my thoughts,
my space. I realized how vulnerable a writer is. Yes, I want to
It happened once, when I was
19. I was
attacked by a jealous ex-fiance, but I lost at the first blow.
the film, you are in a fist fight for Bridget. Did it ever happen to
to fight over a woman?
There doesn’t exist a type. A
like a cocktail. Some qualities that work for one woman would be
in another. At the bottom of all good things there is, in my opinion, a
mix of contrary elements. Let’s take an example: a woman is bit of a
and a bit of a child. Or else one might be very feminine but a little
This fascinates me. Bridget is Bambi with a cigarette in her mouth.
why I’m in love with her.
the film you win Bridget by saying: I like you just as you are. What
of woman do you like in real life?