Colin Firth Says Being Middle Aged Makes Acting More Interesting
Colin Firth, the 50-year-old British actor and OSCAR nominee, says he is happy being middle aged and feels it makes his roles he plays more interesting. The actor, whose biggest movies include 'Pride and Prejudice', 'Mamma Mia', and the recent 'Single Man', says growing older has its benefits.
In an interview with New Jersey's Star Ledger, Firth said, "I will say my age has made acting more interesting lately, because I think middle age is interesting. You have a past and, hopefully, a future, and thankfully that's provided some interesting material. It's given everything a new lease on life for me." In 'A Single Man', Firth played a gay professor who attempts to deal with the death of his long-time partner. His performance was critically acclaimed and he was rewarded with an Academy Award nomination, however, eventually lost out to Jeff Bridges. Speaking about making the movie, Firth heaped praise on co-star Julianne Moore, saying, "Acting is a terribly difficult thing to do alone, relying on your own fevered imagination. In 'A Single Man,' there was an awful lot of that. So when Julianne showed up for three days' work, oh, it was just like surfing. I didn't have to do a thing".
Firth is currently filming the Cold War thriller 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy', which is scheduled for release in 2011 and also stars Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy.