Compiled by: Katherine Kaminsky
Q. Where did you first hear about Hope Springs?
A. A friend told me about this book, 'New Cardiff', with a
part I'd be ideal for, so I got hold of a copy.
While I was working on 'The Importance of Being Ernest', I mentioned
to the producer, Barnaby Thompson, that I was trying to find out
who had the rights for it and it turned out to be him.
Q. Is there any of Colin Firth in the character you play in
A. Yes, I always bring some of myself to the characters I
Some of the women at the screening have remarked that you're
in good shape, have you been working out?
Q. What is your relationship with America like?
A. I have a very long relationship with America; my mother's
American and I have a son that lives there.
I myself lived there as a child; in fact, when we moved back here,
I was known as 'the Yank' in school because of my American accent.
Q. Do Americans know who you are?
Mark Herman [aside]: Yes!
Q. You've played a few artists and I was wondering if you
have any artistic talent?
A. None whatsoever! I've just played another artist, Vermeer,
in 'Girl with a Pearl Earring', and my artistic talent stretches
to looking like I know what I'm doing with a paintbrush.
Q. Some matchmaking goes on in the film has this ever happened
in your personal life?
A. To me? No. But I did match make two friends, they fell
in love, got together and it was the most disastrous relationship.
I wouldn't do it again.
Q. How well received was 'Pride and Prejudice' in America?
A. It did well, but they have so many more channels, so it
didn't have the same impact as here.
Q. How are you about your pin up status?
A. It doesn't really feature in my life.
Q. Have you ever been tempted like your character to escape
from all this?
A. Yes, in fact I lived near where we filmed for five years
and would come back to work.
Q. Tempted again?
A. Yes, I am.