Oscars: Whose career will you deep-dive now? And: The best of Colin Firth interviews on YouTube!

Colin-FirthImage Credit: A.M.P.A.S.As we all know, an Oscar win can give a film a mass audience, and an actor newly obsessive fans. After this year’s Academy Awards, whose oeuvre have you been inspired to explore more thoroughly? Maybe you’ve already moved a few films to the front of your Netflix queue, or perhaps you’re using your lunch hour to watch interviews on YouTube. Best Actor winner Colin Firth is the lucky recipient of my focus this year, which means I will finally be seeing both A Single Man (which garnered him an Oscar nod last year) and The Last Legion (which required him to wear a leather breastplate). In the meantime, I can recommend watching the talk show appearances embedded below: 

Late Late Show, in 2010. He talks about going into a sports shop to buy weights to get in shape for A Single Man, and well, I won’t ruin the punchline for you. (For Part 1 of that interview, which somehow ends up on the topic of porn, click here.)

The Ellen DeGeneres Show, in 2006. He relays the story of having to be rescued by his neighbors — while wearing only his underwear — in great detail.


The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, in 2003. He talks about falling on the way from his hotel to the limo and why he’s the last remaining English twit. (He’s made five appearances on The Daily Show. Second best: The 2008 one in which he talks, at length, about a man photographing his penis in a theater restroom.)

Inside the Actors Studio, in 2011. In Part 1, he talks about being 5-years-old and getting mobbed and clawed at by girls after playing Jack Frost. “I just thought that’s it. Next stop, it’s cocaine in the back of the limo.” (Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4)

@KatieCouric, in 2010. Thirty-four minutes of him talking about The King’s Speech.

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  • steph

    i’ve adored him forever. I love that he does this prestigious stuff and things like Bridget Jones and What a Girl Wants.

    • gah

      and mamma mia! him dancing in that outfit at the end is pure gold!

  • Cooley Horner

    I love Colin Firth. I’m so happy for him, and I loved that he nodded to his days as a “mere child sensation” (likely after “Pride and Prejudice”). So glad he won!

  • whatevs

    I just love him. For me it was when I saw P&P as a 14 year old. He can do no wrong to me.

  • karin

    loved julianne moore in this movie,colin firth is a good actor,not a great and king speech is so overrated, in three minutes you got all and the best realisation for ??
    is insulting

    • Joe

      Less stream of consciousness and more proof-reading!

    • Laura

      Julianne Moore was not in “The King’s Speech.” She was in “A Single Man.”

    • DRG

      And don’t forget the punctuation.

  • REASON

    When Portman won, my mom asked me what else she has been in, and my mind went blank, think I might need to check out her resume.

    • Kat

      LOL. I can understand people not remembering Garden State and that kind of thing, but come on….Star Wars! Or do people deliberately block that from their memories, since those movies were so disappointing? That would make sense to me.

    • JLC

      Are you kidding?!? Who could forget Mars Attacks?!? And Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium?!? Come on, people!

      • jj6

        The Professional, garden state, V for Vendetta, Star Wars, she’s been around doing great work for many years.

  • Michelle

    I am extremely familiar with Colin’s work already, but that won’t stop me from revisiting his awesomeness. Love that man!

  • zuckerberg

    I never saw the King’s speech and I don’t plan to. It just seemed like a pretentious boring waste of 2 hours. The actors/characters are so mush older than me. However I saw the movie it beat twice.

    • DRG

      Yes, and what is the point of having people older than you around?

    • Kat

      All those actors are much, much older than me, but I think it sounds like a fantastic story and it’s one of the few Oscar movies I’m actually very interested in seeing. I am of the original facebook generation (back when you had to sign up with a university email account and you didn’t have to worry about posting wasted photos), and I could not care less about The Social Network, I don’t care how good it’s supposed to be. Just doesn’t interest me. But Colin Firth? HBC? Geoffrey Rush? A stirring yet little-told real life story? SOUNDS AWESOME.

    • Lisa

      the age of actors in a movie have ZERO to do with what happens in a movie or if its interesting or not. how could you be so naive?

  • Not karin

    **Swoon** I have loved Colin Firth since the first time I saw Pride and Prejudice on A&E. I’ve seen most of his movies and find him charming even in the worst of them.

    • Ali

      Amen, sister! The proposal scene in “Love, Actually?” **Double Swoon**

  • myma

    Kirk Douglas. Spartacus is going on the Netflix queue.

  • Bug

    Wow, not sure that this win SHOULD inspire people to watch Last Legion. I saw it in the theatre and just about died laughing. More than the leather breastplate, the leather skirt was totally worth the price of admission.

  • Sue Sylvester

    Christian Bale should’ve won for Batman.

  • Sue Sylvester

    Christian Bale should’ve won for Batman. His Oscar for The Fighter is obviously a consolation prize. My guess is the Academy is out to hook us on crack pipes AND comic books.

    • DRG

      The fanboy obsession with Bale and the whole Batman thing is scary.

  • jelly bean

    I have loved Cloin Firth since I saw him as Mr. Darcy in Pride & Prejudice. He is also my favorite part of Love Actually. Have not seen The King’s Speech and probably won’t, not really a film that interests me. Also have no desire to see The Social Network.

    • Cathy

      Love this! I’m in the middle of my Firth deep dive and watched A Thousand Acres last night where he does a decent American accent. I would recommend that if only for the accent.

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