Colin Firth attended the Green Living Show this past weekend in Toronto, where he was awarded (along with wife Livia and business partner Nicola Giuggioli) the first Green Living/EMA (Environmental Media Association) International Award, given to celebrities who make outstanding contributions to promoting a global green economy. The group’s store Eco Age, for which they were honoured, is the UK’s first ecological destination store.
I must admit to have a weak spot for romantic comedies. The good ones where you can have an enjoyable laugh, there’s a happy ending, and one with perhaps some larger meaning about life or relationships.
So when I saw Colin Firth recently, I immediately asked him if he still speaks Portugese. You see, one of my favourite romcoms is ‘Love Actually,’ which is an ensemble piece with many accomplished actors (Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, and many cameos) following the intertwined relationships of eight couples.
Colin Firth plays a writer who’s been cheated on, by his brother no less, and moves to France to write a book. There he falls for the Portugese maid and learns how to speak the language to ask to her marry her.
Colin is also a dedicated green guy who’s won awards for his environmental work. And according to the Toronto Star, he admits that he’s less than deserving. “Awards like this are designed to promote awareness. I’m just a gate. All I am doing is standing by as a conduit, using a profile that I’ve earned in other quarters just trying to draw attention to things that need to be drawn attention to.”
But thanks for doing it, Colin. And no, he no longer speaks Portugese.
-- Burkhard Mausberg