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Colin Firth announces conscious uncoupling from Paddington Bear movie


Story by Jack Foley

COLIN Firth has made a ‘conscious uncoupling’ from the forthcoming Paddington Bear movie.

The British Oscar winning actor was to have provided the voice for the iconic bear in the soon-to-be-released film but has been unable to find the right one.

Explaining his shortcomings in a statement, Firth said: “After a period of denial, we’ve chosen ‘conscious uncoupling’. It’s been bittersweet to see this delightful creature take shape and come to the sad realisation that he simply doesn’t have my voice.

“I’ve had the joy of seeing most of the film and it’s going to be quite wonderful. I still feel rather protective of this bear and I’m pestering them all with suggestions for finding a voice worthy of him.”

Based on the books by Michael Bond, the film is due to be released in November. It also stars Nicole Kidman as an evil museum taxidermist who has Paddington in her sights, and Julie Walters and Hugh Bonneville as Mr and Mrs Brown – the marmalade-loving bear’s adopted parents.

Paul King, the film’s director, described Firth’s exit as amicable and thanked the actor “for his contribution to Paddington”.

“We love the voice and we love the bear, but as our young bear came into being, we agreed that the two didn’t seem to fit. So, with somewhat heavy hearts we decided to part ways,” he said.

A replacement will be announced in the coming weeks. Watch a teaser trailer

Firth’s cheeky use of ‘conscious uncoupling’ refers to the term Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin made famous when they separated in March.

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