Oscar winner Colin Firth teams up with Emily Blunt in indie filmmaker Dante Ariola’s big-screen debut, the Toronto Film Festival hit that is finally making its way to theaters.
Here, Firth and Blunt (who plays a girl named Mike) talk about sex, golf, and wearing your trousers up around your nipples — which, apparently, is a thing that Blunt was pretty concerned about.
It’s such an unusual movie. What attracted you to these characters?
Colin Firth: "I’m always fascinated by the notion of ordinariness, or apparent ordinariness. People you could dismiss as ordinary or boring, people whose lives seem to be a series of disappointments. Even in The King’s Speech, that character had written himself off as an ordinary man against an extraordinary background. And the potential for drama in what seems to be an unremarkable or quiet life is something that does come off as endlessly fascinating."
Being actors and constantly putting on and taking off masks, did you relate to Arthur and Mike?
Blunt: "We have less need to escape because we do it all the time. We go away for a few months a year and you get to be someone else and live this strange, insular Netherlands-like experience for a while."
Were you ever able to get to the root of what was inhibiting them?
Blunt: "Intimacy was terrifying to both of them. I think they just had to pretend to be other people in order to allow one another to touch each other, to laugh together, to do anything that resembled any kind of connection."
Colin, you play a former golf pro in the movie. How are you at golf in real life?
Firth: "I had never watched a single golf swing in my life, so it was a foreign language to me, completely."
And you, Emily, are into cooking, no?
Blunt: "Colin likes to cook out of tins, that’s how he makes dinner! No, I really love cooking, love it. I’m quite good at Thai food, actually. And we just went to Thailand and I picked up some more tips. I like cooking Italian food and Thai food, mainly."
Colin, can you talk about your wardrobe?
Firth: "Collective sigh of relief on the entire part of the crew when I showed up in something that was not salmon or pink."
We haven’t seen you much since The King’s Speech. What have you been doing with yourself?
Firth: "I took quite a lot of time off and nobody noticed. It’s very all-consuming what we do, partly because maybe you’re on location or because of the hours or because you’re just immersed in what you do and also promoting a film. During awards season, I mean you’re just constantly moving. You’re never really at home or in the same time zone for very long. There’ve been a couple years running, being a part of that, and I just think it was time to reconnect with the more permanent aspects of my life."
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