Colin Firth lost money on A Single Man

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."