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Where The Truth Lies - Preview & Cannes reaction



Preview by: Jack Foley

COLIN Firth is seeking to get away from his romantic leading man 'nice guy' roles by shedding his clothes along with his image for the new thriller, Where The Truth Lies.

The popular British actor plays an over-sexed, bisexual star in the film, which was among the contenders for the top prizes at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.

Firth made a name for himself by playing dashing romantic leads such as Mr Darcy in the BBC's Pride & Prejudice, as well as the love-interest of Bridget Jones in both of those films.

Yet Where The Truth Lies, directed by Atom Egoyan, and co-starring Kevin Bacon and Rachel Blanchard, is seen as a radical departure and a follow-on from his grittier turn in psychological thriller, Trauma.

The film centres around K O'Connor (Blanchard), a young journalist known for her celebrity profiles, who becomes consumed with discovering the truth behind a long-buried incident that affected the lives and careers of 1950s showbiz team, Vince Collins and Lanny Morris (played by Firth and Bacon).

 

The ensuing investigation seeks to uncover the truth about the dead woman who was inexplicably discovered at their hotel suite and is set 15 years later, as O'Connor tracks them down and attempts to find out what really happened.

The film features nudity and violence but is not considered by Firth to be that much of a stretch for his skills.

Speaking at Cannes, he explained: "I feel very comfortable in this sort of drama. The whole rom-com thing came relatively late in my life and took me by surprise. Indeed, it still takes me by surprise."

Yet critics have been quick to highlight the film for its graphic sex scenes, which have been defended by the film's Canadian director, Egoyan, as 'an essential part of the film'.

"I always saw this as a really sensual movie," he explained.

"I wanted it to be unbridled - these characters could take any amount of drugs they wanted, they could have any amount of sex they wanted.

"I don't know about the censors. They probably will have issues, but we are pretty firm about what we want the film to do."

Whether the ensuing sex scenes generate as much controversy as one of last year's explicit entries, Nine Songs, remains to be seen.

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