Colin Firth Quotes

“Because I am an Englishman I spent most of my life in a state of embarrassment.”

“I’m fully aware that if I were to change professions tomorrow, become an astronaut and be the first man to land on Mars, the headlines in the newspapers would read: `Mr. Darcy Lands on Mars.”

“I would rather five people knew my work and thought it was good work than five million knew me and were indifferent.”

I would rather five people

“My looks aren’t something that come dazzlingly through in everything I do. I can be made to look one way or the other fairly easily… I am still not recognised on the street that much.”

“My singing voice is somewhere between a drunken apology and a plumbing problem.”

“Whenever you take on playing a villain, he has to cease to be a villain to you. If you judge this man by his time, he’s doing very little wrong.”

“Actors are basically drag queens. People will tell you they act because they want to heal mankind or, you know, explore the nature of the human psyche. Yes, maybe. But basically we just want to put on a frock and dance.”

Actors are basically drag

“It does help to actually realize that however stunning the person who is, you know, fluttering eyelashes at you, she doesn’t do anything to match up to your wife.”

“I think everyone is throwing happy stuff at you, and that’s when you come over all humbug. It’s happy stuff in your face, happy stuff is being sold to you.”

“I’ll be your friend so long as you’re not crap”

“I was delighted to become a popular-culture reference point. I’m still delighted about it actually, and I still find it to be weird.”

I was delighted to become

“I absolutely don’t care about my looks and I’m so used to them that I wouldn’t change a thing. I would end up missing my defects.”

“I don’t know if there’s a problem with original ideas… I think a healthy film industry should have a good supply of good, original writing.”

“Maybe it’s shallow of me to have a wife that’s so beautiful, but it makes things easier. To me she’s the most beautiful woman in the world.”

“I’m not patient, and some things drive me crazy. In my work, I get incredibly upset when people don’t get it right or don’t respect others’ needs.”

I'm not patient, and some

“I haven’t had to struggle very much. I haven’t paid my dues. I think I have been lucky.”

“To be bothered wherever you go – it’s not a rational thing to want at all.”

“You have to be ill if you want to get better.”

“My primary instinct as an actor is not the big transformation. It’s thrilling if a performer can do that well, but that’s not me. Often with actors, it’s a case of witnessing a big party piece but wondering afterwards, where’s the substance?”

My primary instinct as an

“The failure so far of the governments of so many of the worlds most powerful countries in the face of such egregious unfairness … to make the slightest progress on the issue of fair trade is hard to explain.”

“My grandmother was a minister as well, which was not that common in the 1930s.”

“Forget trying to be sexy. That’s just gruesome.”

“Hollywood hasn’t aggressively pursued me. Neither have I aggressively pursued Hollywood.”

“We’ve always been involved with America – I have a son who lives there and it’s a big part of my life.”

We've always been involved

“As much as the next person, I want to be approved of, but I’m not greedy for that stuff.”

“However good a communicator a director is, unless they’ve been actors, it’s just not the same as the shorthand you get with someone who’s been an actor.”

“I’m just the last English twit, really.”

“If I were to write a book about the progress of getting to a third film, it would be a long one.”

If I were to write a book about

“No matter how much technique you draw on or how much training you have, acting is a mystery.”

“The great thing about dealing with people about whom we have historical resources, is that if the writing needs work, there’s everywhere to go to enrich it.”

“‘La Dolce Vita’ made we want to go to Rome and, if not jump into the Trevi Fountain, at least watch someone else do it. Maybe that’s why I married an Italian…!”

“When I look in the mirror, I don’t see my Dad, I see my grandmother. For a while it was my mother looking back at me. If only it was my Dad.”

“So, if you haven’t picked up some tips during an apprenticeship like that, you shouldn’t be directing. It doesn’t mean you can do it, but it loads you up with information.”

So, if you haven't picked

“”Comedy – particularly the frothy and frivolous – is notoriously neglected by festivals and awards. But it’s bloody hard to get right.”

“I always thought the biggest failing of Americans was their lack of irony. They are very serious there! Naturally, there are exceptions… the Jewish, Italian, and Irish humor of the East Coast.”

“I never saw myself as Mr. Ugly, but I’m not that handsome. I can sort of be made to look quite a lot better or quite a lot worse.”

“People have the idea of missionaries as going out with the Bible and hitting natives with it. It’s not really what they were doing. They were all doing something rather different.”

People have the idea of

“I have a very long relationship with America. My mother grew up there and I felt to some extent that I partly belong there. I was schooled there briefly for about a year.”

“I do notice that when I’ve been away and I come back to London. People look at you. People are ready to pick arguments.”

“Bridget Jones is part of literary lore now and actually to be a part of it is enormously flattering.”

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