Colin Firth and Emily Blunt stars in a new movie: Arthur Newman. This new film is about Avery Wallace (played by Colin Firth), a man who fakes his own death and becomes Arthur Newman to leave his old life behind. Arthur then hits the road and starts dreaming about the new life that he will begin to live until he meets Michaela “Mike” Fitzgerald (Emily Blunt) a woman who is also desperately trying to leave her past behind. Arthur Newman is directed by Dante Ariola and is scheduled to be released on May 1st 2013. Check out what else to expect with this new film: Arthur Newman.
“Interview With Colin Firth on the film, Arthur Newman
In “Arthur Newman,” a dark indie comedy that premiered Monday in Toronto, Colin Firth plays a depressed divorcee who fakes his own death and adopts a new identity to forge a new and better life. The role marks Firth’s first lead one since his Academy Award-winning turn as King George VI in “The King’s Speech,” yet despite their obvious differences (the titular Arthur Newman is a modern day Yank), the film finds Firth once again getting inside the mind of a guy at odds with himself.
[Editor's Note: This interview originally ran during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. "Arthur Newman" opens in select theaters Friday, April 26.]
Directed by first-time feature filmmaker Dante Ariola, “Arthur Newman” also stars fellow Brit Emily Blunt as a troubled woman who meets Firth’s character on his journey and decides to follow suit. Together the the pair embark on a cross-country spree of life-swapping and bed-hopping. Firth sat down with Indiewire in Toronto to discuss the concept of starting over, his ties to America, and living down his career defining turn in “The King’s Speech.”
Watching “Arthur Newman,” I thought, Colin Firth could never do this, could never fake his own death and switch identities.
I suppose that’s true. Although I’m an actor so, in a way, perhaps we’re doing something equivalent in hiding in plain sight. I’m not claiming that theory as my own, necessarily; that’s a spur of the moment reflection. I think a lot of people have that fantasy of a clean start, reinventing themselves completely — running away. Most people don’t follow through with that.
I was very struck when, a few years ago, I was reading Nick Hornby’s book, “A Long Way Down.” It’s about a bunch of people who meet up and try to commit suicide on the same night on the top of a building. One of the characters realizes that he doesn’t really want to — that he can’t. But it was always a comfort to him to think that suicide was an option, and the fact that that option’s gone makes him feel suffocated. This idea that there’s some kind of way out, whether it’s an extreme one or just running away from your life – I think some people have this private and secret notion that lurks somewhere. And if you become very familiar to people, that option is gone. In fact, it’s very hard to disappear, just for minutes. I think something’s lost, an awful lot of good stuff comes your way, but something’s lost.
Have you ever felt the urge to run away?
No, actually, I think I’ve spent too much of my life moving around, traveling. I’ve personally never had any of the above fantasies.”
You can continue reading the interview at Indiewire.com
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