Colin Firth has just been awarded a shiny new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and will probably be awarded a lot more shiny things over the next two months as he enters yet another awards season. Despite this and all the praise that will continue to be poured over him the actor appears rather level-headed about it, and isn’t taking things too seriously.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
“The attention we get (as actors) is completely disproportionate to our importance,” Firth told The Hollywood Reporter at a luncheon in Hollywood after his star ceremony. “But we’re not getting attention because we are important. We’re getting attention because what we happen to do is widely broadcast.”
The real heroes, added Firth, don’t get anywhere near the attention they deserve. “The people who do household repairs are equally important,” said Firth, “but you don’t do household repairs for millions and millions of people….They do things which might seem every day but we couldn’t live without those people either.”
I wonder if Firth will thank plumbers and electricians during his Best Actor Oscar speech if he wins?
While the actor is right about the perceived importance of acting and actors in society, some movies like The King’s Speech can be quite important to some people, as director Tom Hooper found recently:
“A woman came up to me in London who had a brain aneurism,” recalled Hooper. “She was in late middle age and suffered from being a late onset stammer. She was talking with a stammer. She said ‘It is the second time I’ve come to your film. Each time I’ve cried throughout, because you cannot believe how helpful your movie is for someone trying to cope with my speech function breaking down after all these years.’ “