Colin Firth Drops Out of ‘Paddington’

Colin Firth Paddington Bear
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Colin Firth has ditched “Paddington.”

TWC-Dimension confirmed that Firth will no longer voice the talking, accident-prone young bear Paddington, with the British thesp asserting that he was unable to find the right voice. The film, produced by “Gravity” and “Harry Potter” producer David Heyman, stars Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi and Julie Walters.

Trailers released so far have not included a voice for Paddington.

“Paddington” follows the comic misadventures of the bear from darkest Peru who’s found at Paddington Station and adopted by a London family. StudioCanal financed and is distributing in the U.K., France and Germany; TWC is distributing in the U.S.with a Christmas released date.

Firth, in a statement to Entertainment Weekly, said, “It’s been bittersweet to see this delightful creature take shape and come to the sad realization that he simply doesn’t have my voice. I’ve had the joy of seeing most of the film and it’s going to be quite wonderful. I still feel rather protective of this bear and I’m pestering them all with suggestions for finding a voice worthy of him.”

Director Paul King said he’s seeking another voice actor, adding that the split with Firth was amicable.

“I cannot thank [Firth] enough for his contribution to Paddington. We love the voice and we love the bear, but as our young bear came into being we agreed that the two didn’t seem to fit. So, with somewhat heavy hearts we decided to part ways.”

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  1. Susan says:

    Amicable uncoupling my foot. The producers of this film marketed all of the toys and stuff on the Harry Potter series. That is where the real money is. I have Hogwarts castles, night bus, action figures, Halloween costumes and wands from my son’s youth. Firth stood to make a mint on the merchandising if the film took off. Just the bear alone if is spoke and had his voice and a catch phrase would have made him a zillionaire. You don’t walk away from that potential, particularly if you have been a working actor your whole career and not a Hollywood star.He has agents, managers and lawyers that would not let him do that. I bet he was fired and this is just spin since he is classy. Why did the producers really fire him? Inquiring minds like mine want to know.

  2. David says:

    Funny how this happens less than a week after Creepy Paddington took the internet by storm. My guess is Firth realized this was going to be awful and wisely abandoned ship while he still had the chance.

  3. Kathy says:

    Not suited, right thing to do. I wonder what happened to the casting was it just the wink-n-nod club again with casting agent Nina Gold? C’mon, get some youth into this classic tale for heavens sake!

  4. tony says:

    Thesp I assume means thespian. But quite an obscure word and the abbreviation makes it more so. Translators don’t understand it. The word actor would suit, and the same amount of characters.

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