Okay, I know I’ve already said this in a previous blog post but…Colin “Firthianados” get ready to see your man kick some major ARSE in the 20th Century Fox release of Kingsman: The Secret Service!
I’m all in a Firth-induced frenzy over the release of the OFFICIAL TRAILER for what will be Colin Firth’s action movie debut! We saw a ‘sneaky peek’ of The Secret Service back in March at CinemaCon and I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the only one in the audience screaming when Colin pulled out his John Steed-esque umbrella and started taking out a group of thugs in a pub. Or, maybe I was. No matter, by the end of the clip the audience broke out in thunderous applause. This was Colin like we’d never seen him before!
If fans ever pined to see Firth play James Bond…here’s your chance to see him in full secret-agent glory! Kingsman: The Secret Service, based on the comic book by Mark Millar, has Firth playing a highly-trained, sauve British spy, Jack London, who attempts to save his street smart nephew, played by Taron Egerton, from falling into a bad crowd by taking him under his wing.
In a major tip of the ‘bowler’ to 60’s spy films, director Matthew Vaughn says, “We missed all the spy movies we loved as kids, whether it was Bond or ‘In Like Flint.’ They had a sense of humor as well as being a thriller,” He says the idea for Kingsman was dreamed up over a “few drunken conversations, with Millar, at the pub.” And thank GOD for that extra little pint that gave him the inspiration to cast Firth in the role of the British spy!
And, how did Firth feel about taking on such a Bond-esque role at the age 53? (which he makes look dashingly gorgeous, by the way.) In an interview with Entertainment Weekly he said, “I was afraid it was ridiculous. I think what’s brilliant about Matthew is that he takes people’s expectations and likes to mess with them. When we first met the year before, he said, ‘One of the reasons I’m casting you is because you’re probably the last person anyone could imagine kicking people and kicking off the villains.’ And that was the surprise he wanted to pull.”
Um, I’m sorry…apparently Vaughn didn’t see Colin kicking the crap outta bad-boy Hugh Grant in BOTH Bridget Jones’s Diary movies!
Colin also said that Vaughn told him, “You’re going to have to do it. Are you up to it?” That’s one of the reasons he got me so early, to start training. He said, “You’re going to hate me by the end of it,” and sure enough, the Jackie Chan training team comes to my house and they get to work on me. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed myself so much in my life. I realized that I’d made assumptions about myself that meant I had probably been neglecting something that I might have enjoyed for years if I’d got to it earlier.
The clip that was shown at CinemaCon, (which I hope they eventually release as a trailer), shows a familiarly dashing Firth, sitting down over a pint at a pub and having a calm intelligent conversation with his ‘tude-filled’ nephew, who he is trying to set straight, when a dangerous-looking group of thugs walk in to confront the kid. They ask “grandpa” to leave before he gets hurt and THAT is when we see Firth go into action like you’ve NEVER seen him before, using every Bond-esque move to kick the living daylights out of these punks! I hope they keep this in the film.
The film also stars Michael Caine, Samuel L. Jackson and something for the tween/teen set in the form of British newcomer Egerton.
WATCH the OFFICIAL Trailer Here:
Somebody get me my smelling salts!
When the project was wrapped Colin said, “I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the work. I felt bereft when it was over.” Translation: he was bummed. (He’s so articulate I love him…)
I want to KISS Vaughn for offering Firth this role!….However, I always knew he had it in him!