Interview With Colin Firth Part 2

BATD ON Feb 02, 2010 AT 1:55 pm

Tom Ford on the set of A Single Man

Tom Ford on the set of A Single Man

So things like the production design were quite organically arrived at, were they?
“Yes, like that beautiful house is something that Tom looked very, very hard for. He wanted it to be the place that George had chosen, because he wanted it to be cosy. But if the scene is me sitting there alone, listening to a phone ringing with a cup of coffee in front of me and the camera outside the window looking in at this lonely man – you don’t need a director to say ‘okay, this is about loneliness,’. I just think that’s brilliant directing.”

Colin Firth as George in A Single Man

Colin Firth as George in A Single Man

Did Tom tell you of the cinematographic style he was after, with the screen warming up in moments of happiness?
“He might have mentioned it but it certainly wasn’t something he troubled us with. I believe he always intended to do that but some of those decisions he came to afterwards. I like the effect, if you’re talking about the interior life of a human being I think that does help narrate the thing, as does the music.”

Given Tom’s reputation as a fashion stylist did you make a special effort for your first meeting with him?
“Do you know, you can’t get close. You can’t match him at his own game, and also I don’t think he wants to see a world of Tom Ford clones running around. I know he likes elegance rather than shabbiness. He doesn’t like things out of place. People are a bit self conscious around him, and  he does have a way of making people think they’re scruffy.  But you know, you can feel scruffy in your best suit and tie standing next to him, he’s so perfect. I came straight from a film set anyway, I was a bit tired, I was a bit unshaven, and in some really rough looking clothes. And I got the part.”

Tom Ford & Colin Firth

Tom Ford & Colin Firth

Were you aware of his reputation going in to the film?
“Only very distantly. I’m not connected to that world, so I didn’t know that much about him. I knew the name, I’d met him a couple of times, I think I knew he ran a bit fashion house but I probably would have struggled to have told you which one.  I knew he did glasses, but that was it. And I also knew there was supposed to be something rather extraordinary about him, that he had this ability to succeed at everything.”

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