Colin Firth Denies Tears Over Darcy's Demise
Colin Firth has denied reports he cried when told his character in Bridget Jones had been killed off.
Speaking to Sky News, the Oscar-winning actor said he "took it in his stride" when author Helen Fielding phoned him up and broke the news that Mark Darcy had died and would not feature in her third Bridget Jones book, Mad About The Boy.
"I've heard I that nearly wept or that I had to process it," he said. "I'm afraid, I tend to find the demise of a fictional character doesn't run very deep."
Fielding has hinted that she could bring Darcy back from the dead, and if so, Firth would gladly step back into the role.
"I'm always happy to be reincarnated, rejuvenated - a pair of electrodes - I would happily walk," he said.
Since appearing in the first two Bridget Jones films alongside Renee Zellweger and Hugh Grant, Firth has gone on win two BAFTAs and an Oscar in 2011 for his role in the The King's Speech.
Next year could see him earn another Oscar nomination for his latest film, The Railway Man, which has its premiere in Leicester Square on Wednesday.
Starring alongside Nicole Kidman, Firth plays real life WWII officer Eric Lomax in an adaptation of his autobiography.
It recounts his experiences as a tortured prisoner of war forced to work on the notorious Death Railway in Thailand.
Years later and still suffering psychological trauma, he returns to the region to confront his captor.
Firth, who met Lomax before his death aged 93 last year, admits the role came with a huge pressure.
"If that person is still alive, it's an embarrassment of riches, in a way, you really don't want to mess it up," he said.
Reiterating the importance of learning from history, Firth said the story was hugely relevant to modern day soldiers who have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"I think the lack of care that society gives people who come back from things like that is very much an ongoing issue," he said.
"This was a piece of history that was not celebrated. These men were not welcomed home as the heroes that they were."
The Railway Man is being released in UK cinemas on January 1.