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After seeing Tomas Alfredson‘s hotly-anticipated Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - and adoring every crisply measured, atmospherically-stunning minute of it – I had the opportunity to sit down with some of the film’s primary contributors in a roundtable setting at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Towers. The interviews were conducted in small rooms with about six or seven other journalists, all of whom took turns eagerly questioning the film’s uniformly impressive cast of creators for their information and insight.
Below is the question-and-answer conversation that resulted with Oscar-winner Colin Firth, who plays the flamboyant Bill Haydon in the film. Like all of Tinker‘s supporting performers, Firth is relegated to minimal screen time (this is a film that truly defines the term “ensemble”), but the subtle perceptivity he brings to his character leaves a lasting imprint.
Some of the highlights of the dialogue below include Firth‘s sensible, straight-arrow »
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Colin Firth is nearly ubiquitous now. He won the Best Actor Oscar for last year's The King's Speech, and he's appearing in one of the most anticipated films of this year: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. He's absolutely a brilliant actor, and if you were wondering, he was just as brilliant in his youth.
Lost Empires, on DVD from Acorn Media September 27, is a brilliant example of that. The seven-part miniseries is one of his earliest roles. Firth is memorable as Richard Herncastle, a young man who joins his uncle's traveling stage show for a life-changing whirlwind few months.
A myriad of supporting actors flesh the series out well. John Castle is entrancing as the mercurial Uncle Nick, while Laurence Olivier manages to be heartbreaking, despite getting less screen time than you might expect.
The story is an epic coming-of-age tale, with Herncastle learning plenty of lessons and experiencing plenty of unfamiliar things. »
- Sam McPherson
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