BREAKING: Colin Firth Offered Villain Role In OLDBOY

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BREAKING: Colin Firth Offered Villain Role In OLDBOY
At one point actor Colin Firth was attached to play a key role in Oldboy director Park Chan-wook's English language debut, Stoker. That didn't work out but now Firth may very well end up playing the villain role in Spike Lee's upcoming remake of Park's Oldboy.

Twitch has learned that an offer is out to Firth for the part of Adrian, which means that - should he accept - he will be stepping into the villain role opposite Josh Brolin.

This is a surprising choice but a good one, I think. Though Firth is best known for playing a variety of good guys and proper gentlemen he is a talented and diverse actor, one more than capable of going dark when the material calls for it and he will certain provide the surface layer of polished civility that this particular role requires as counterpoint to the more brutish antihero in the lead.
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TurboNovember 11, 2011 4:23 PM

Why do they announce who the role is offered to when they haven't signed on yet? I remember that they announced all these big names they offered roles to in that Akira movie and none of them signed on, probably knowing it would flop. Maybe they do it to get more buzz for the project, but I don't really know why.

Back on topic, he seems like he could pull it off(he's done many rich, preened individuals). I'm in the "doesn't watch remakes" camp, though.

MarsHottentotNovember 11, 2011 6:00 PM

I think part of it might be for all involved to gauge what public interest in such a pairing is? I dunno, but it's the new thing and probably not going anywhere.

I think that Oldboy is a good remake candidate as the situation can be adapted to most any culture and feel 'okay'. They don't have to do the hammer scene, they can come up with something entirely different (and likely will). Brolin can act, Firth can act, Lee has definitely made some great films. This is a world away from an AKIRA which will need to take massive leaps away from the source material to work for an American audience.

Todd BrownNovember 11, 2011 6:21 PM

A thing to very much keep in mind here is that it's just an offer. He may have already turned it down, for all we know, but it's an interesting look into the way the producers are thinking.