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NTF : December 6th 2010
Have you always loved AChristmas Carol? Ihave, Ifind it an incredibly moving story,it’sone of my favourites. If I tell people the story,atear comes to my eye. It’sanoutrageously improbable story Isuppose, an optimistic wishful thinking story of redemption. But as aparable it is wonderful. It says: if you weretobegiven one morechance to take alook at all your life and confront your life, to confront the consequences of your decisions and the effect that they arehaving on other people, what would you do? What do you think of (castmate) Jim Carrey? He is so entertaining. He is one of the most phenomenal talents Ihave ever seen. He does broad comedy,but with extreme dexterity.Healso gives agenuine, committed dramatic performance. Yo uhave such avaried career.Have the roles changed for you at all in recent years? Ijust think that the roles get alittle juicier as you get older –or maybe they have for me at my age, I think basically you’realways going to be cast, to some extent at least, according to what you look like and what your voice is like. Yo uget roles too, according to whether you arefat or thin or tall or short and whether you do or don’thave hair.And then there’sage. Iremember being 25 and being very,very awareof how bland Ilooked. Iwould look at all the other actors and would just long for a wrinkle, just to have something interesting in the toolbox of expressions. Does that mean you areokay with whereyou areatthe moment in your career? Well, Idon’trelish the idea of deterioration, but Ithink playing people who have apast and who have amore complex agenda is moreinteresting then the roles that might apply to a20year old. When Iwas 35, Iwas cast as Darcy (in Pride And Prejudice). But Darcy is actually acharacter role, he’sapretty screwed up, complicated person; he’snot just asighing kind of youth. The point is, he’ssurly and socially dysfunctional. And that was interesting for me to play.The roles Iplayed in ASingle Man or Dorian Gray recently are older.LordHenry (in Dorian Gray)is someone who likes to take apure, unbroken young boy and mess with him for fun, and actually destroy him for fun and do these horrendous things vicariously and then go home and watch tennis. He’sapretty despicable guy and to get into someone who is just unbalanced if you like, and just dark and disturbed, is great fun. AChristmas Carol is now on Disney Blu-ray and DVD. DISNEY’S ACHRISTMAS CAROL STAR COLIN FIRTH OPENS UP ABOUT DICKENS AND MR DARCY. Festively Exclusive FIRTH READ MORE ninetofive.com.au PLUS GREAT GIVEAWAYS non-award Macquarie University’s non-award programgives youthe opportunity to studysubjectsthatare of interest to you, whateveryourlearning ambitionsare! Usethe non-award programasanalternative pathway to gain entrytoone of 11 Macquarie bachelorsdegrees; studyunitsfor professional accreditation;orsimply enrolinanarea you’re passionateabout for personal interest. Entry to theprogram is flexibleand unitsare availablefromall faculties. Formore information: T: (02) 9850 7470 E: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.coe.mq.edu.au/nonawd.htm CRICOS Provider Code 00002J realiseyourambitions “The non-award program wasaperfectintroduction to uni study,aswell as helping me to get into the degree that Iwanted.I’m really glad Idecided to enrol this way.” Wasama Ayaz, Bachelor of Medical Sciences 59
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