Celebrating the UK premiere of his film “The Railway Man” at the Odeon West End on December 4, 2013 in London, England, Colin Firth opened up on his feelings of “inadequacy” on approaching his latest role as prisoner of war “Eric Lomax.”
The 53-year-old British actor explained “we're actors, we don't have any experience which compares to this. So I was dogged by a sense of inadequacy of my limitations, not really as an actor, but just in terms of the experiences I've had, none of which enabled me to comprehend it.”
Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky, the film is based on an autobiographical account by Eric Lomax, who became a POW (prisoner of war) and was forced to work on the Burma-Siam line known as the “Railway of Death.”
As POW’s often are, Lomax was tortured and witnessed terrible acts of violence, which resulted in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which he suffered from for many years beyond the war.
Joined by director Jonathan Teplitsky and costars Jeremy Irvine, Sam Reid and Tanroh Ishida at the premiere, Firth looked sharp in his dark suit and tie.
Collin’s lovely wife Livia Guggioli, a film producer, also wore monochrome black – a tuxedo, teamed with a lace top and bottle green pumps with the most unusual curved heels.
The film also stars Nicole Kidman (as his wife “Patricia Wallace”) and Stellan Skarsgard, though not in attendance at the premiere. However, the real Patti Wallace Lomax was!
Enjoy the slideshow and embedded video with Colin Firth speaking about his role at the UK premiere…