Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without spending hours in front of the TV watching all the festive movies possible. With a plethora of films on the TV schedule, viewers are spoiled for choice this year. From the 75-year-old classic It’s A Wonderful Life to Richard Curtis’ Love Actually and the Muppet Christmas Carol, there’s something for everyone to get into the Christmas spirit.
If anyone knows what it takes to star in a Christmas classic, it’s Colin Firth.
Born and raised in Hampshire, Mr. Firth has earned a reputation as one of the world’s greatest actors.
His work has earned him an impressive number of awards, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and two BAFTAs.
He also starred in the Christmas classic Love Actually alongside Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson and a host of other stars.
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A soundtrack featuring the likes of Girls Aloud, S Club Juniors and Kelly Clarkson ensured the 2003 film became a crucial part of any Brit’s festive season.
Mr Firth also appeared in Disney’s 2009 remake of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
He played Ebeneezer Scrooge’s upbeat nephew Fred in the animated film.
Still, it seems Mr. Firth is the real Scrooge.
Mr Firth argued that A Christmas Carol is the “best” festive story of them all.
He explained, “After her darkness and her fear and her regrets, you’re ready for a bit of joy at the end.”
Mr Firth said that, despite Dickens’ description of Scrooge as a “pressing, snatching, panting, scratching, clutching and greedy old sinner”, the story is admirable.
He said: “Scrooge is an anti-hero, for some reason – people look up to this terrible old curmudgeon.
“Kids may be scared of the story, but you need to tell them it has a happy ending and that the ghosts are, in fact, acts of kindness to encourage Scrooge to change.”
Mr Firth gave an interview earlier this year in which he admitted he hated his ‘unglamorous’ first name. Speaking to The Sun last month, he called it a name “you’d give your goldfish as a joke”.
His parents, he says, could never explain why they gave him the name they did.
Mr Firth said: ‘They called me Colin…and I never got a satisfactory explanation from my parents as to why they named their firstborn child that.
“It’s not really glamorous, is it?” There are no kings named Colin, no poets I can think of, and in all the books I’ve read I haven’t met a single hero named Colin.
It seems the Hollywood A-lister forgot about Marks and Spencer’s Colin the Caterpillar cake, the real hero of any birthday party.
In a separate interview with Candis Magazine, Mr Firth added: ‘I saw an episode of Blackadder on TV in which there was a dachshund called Colin – who was supposed to make you laugh.’
Only 27 babies were named Colin last year, according to data from the Office of National Statistics. In the 1960s when Colin was born, it was a popular name – listed among the top 25 male names.
Love Actually is available on Netflix. It will also air at 10:40 p.m. on Christmas Day.