Colin Firth lost money on A Single Man

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A 2009 drama film based on the novel of the same name by Christopher Isherwood. Set in Los Angeles 1962 at the height of the Cuban missile crisis, George Falconer (Academy Award-nominated Colin Firth), a 52-year-old British college professor is struggling to find meaning to his life after the death of his long time partner, Jim (Matthew Goode). George dwells on the past and cannot see his future as we follow him through a single day, where a series of events and encounters, ultimately lead him to decide if there is a meaning to life after Jim. George is consoled by his closest friend Charley (Julianne Moore), a 48-year-old beauty who is wrestling with her own questions about the future. A young student of George's, Kenny, who is coming to terms with his true nature, stalks George as he feels in him a kindred spirit. A romantic tale of love interrupted the isolation that is an inherent part of the human condition and ultimately the importance of the seemingly smaller moments in life.
November 30th, 2010

Colin Firth "lost money" making 'A Single Man'.

The 50-year-old actor - who was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of a professor considering suicide because of the death of his long-term boyfriend - believes Academy Award awareness means small films such as the Tom Ford-directed 'Single Man' or his new movie 'The King's Speech' can gain worldwide recognition.

He said: "It can help a small movie enormously. It can be the difference between a small movie getting noticed or not. Something like 'A Single Man' it was tiny, it was financed by one guy, we all lost money doing it.

"It was the difference between something that might have been a niche movie and it really got out there, and that was all about festivals and nominations."

Discussing his new role as Britain's King George VI - who died in 1952 - Colin confesses he would have loved to have met him to get a real feel for him as a person.

He told "So much is a mystery, and the flow of information out of the palace is non-existent. If you play a role you want to familiarize yourself with that person's world. If I were playing an airline pilot or a doctor, I'd probably want to hang out with a doctor or an airplane pilot for a while, ask some questions. You don't get to hang out the kings. They don't help consult on movies."