Colin Firth birthday special: His movies we don't talk about
Colin Firth has given us some of the most memorable roles ever in classic ventures such as Bridget Jones's Diary and Pride and Prejudice. But a downside of playing so many phenomenal characters is that your other projects can get undermined. So, on the Academy Award winner's 61st birthday, we shine a light on his roles that do not usually get the spotlight.
The British actor portrays a sad, single man George Falconer in Tom Ford's A Single Man, based on Christopher Isherwood's novel. Based in 1960s' Los Angeles, George's life is shrouded in a painful secret as he cannot openly grieve the passing of his gay partner. Spot on with the restrained anguish and stoicism, Firth bagged a BAFTA Award for Best Actor for this role.
Next on the list is the multi-starrer Before I Go to Sleep. This Rowan Joffe-directorial had Firth playing Ben, husband to Nicole Kidman's Christine, who suffers from anterograde amnesia (not being able to retain any new memory). But as Christine discovers haunting events from her past, she doesn't know who to trust anymore. While this thriller received average reviews, Firth was impeccable as ever.
The 2010 British drama short film, Steve, written and directed by Rupert Friend, was a film festival star, debuting at British Film Institute (BFI) London Film Festival and winning accolades at others. Playing the titular "weird" neighbor to a young couple, played by Keira Knightley and Tom Mison, Firth's earnest performance sparked up nervousness in the viewers, anticipating what will come next.
One would expect when the names Firth, Emma Stone, Woody Allen come together, we'll have something huge in our hands. And yet, the 2014 romantic comedy Magic in the Moonlight remains to be largely underappreciated today. A well-written film at its core, we get wit, chemistry, romance, and beautiful locations in the backdrop. Firth, as expected, hits the ball out of the park, again!