Colin Firth was so deeply invested in the tragic character he played in A SINGLE MAN he is still struggling to "shake off" deep feelings of sadness.
The British actor plays a gay college professor who loses his partner in Tom Ford's adaptation of the 1964 novel of the same name, and he admits playing a man so entrenched in grief had a lasting effect on him.
He tells Moviefone.com, "I haven't quite snapped out of it yet. There are some stories that really do haunt you, and the same way that (character) George haunted Tom (Ford) when he read the book, he stayed with me.
"I know he doesn't exist, he's a fictional character, but I still feel a great tenderness about the idea of him. It's hung around; I've found it very hard to shake off."