Colin Firth Exits ‘Paddington’

Colin Firth Exits Paddington

One British icon is “consciously uncoupling” from another. Colin Firth has dropped out of the upcoming Paddington movie, in which he was set to voice the title character.

Luckily for Warner Bros., though, the Internet has plenty of ideas for #NewPaddingtonVoices. Hit the jump to learn why Firth left, and whom Twitter wants to replace him.

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In light of this new Paddington trailer, the recent #creepypaddington meme is even more odd than it was in the first place. (Granted, it was also rather funny.) Because there isn’t anything creepy at all about this footage. Here we see the bear Paddington (endearingly voiced with grunts and gasps by Colin Firth) as he tries to navigate a few of the complexities of modern life. That includes a long sequence in a bathroom, much of which is utterly adorable. Watch below. Read More »

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Like pretty much every handsome British actor of a certain age, Colin Firth has occasionally been rumored for the James Bond role. And while he never did get to play 007, he does finally get an opportunity to play a 007-type in Matthew Vaughn‘s upcoming Kingsman: The Secret Service.

Formerly just titled The Secret Service, the Mark Millar adaptation centers around a British intelligence agent (Firth) who grooms his street-smart nephew (Taron Egerton) to join him in the trade. Also starring are Michael Caine as the head of the spy organization, and Samuel L. Jackson as the villain. The first Kingsman: The Secret Service poster and images have just hit the web, and you can check them out after the jump.

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At the center of the story is the titular bear (voiced by Colin Firth), an unfailingly polite Anglophile who arrives in London from Peru to start a new life. He’s lost and alone until he’s taken in by the generous Brown family (led by Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins). Watch the cute new trailer after the jump.

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