Firth’s Acting Success Helped Relationship With Dad

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February 18, 2011 | 4:10am EST

Oscar nominee Colin Firth’s success as an actor has “done wonders” for his relationship with his dad – because his father always presumed performing was an excuse to shun education and hard work.
The British star admits his dad was dubious about him embarking on a career in front of the cameras, and urged him to get a proper education so he could have a back-up plan if his dream of acting crumbled.

Firth admits his success, and his father’s own realisation that any career can be unstable, helped the pair understand each other better.

He tell CNN’s Piers Morgan, “I’m struck by memories of my father saying, ‘You should get a degree, and that training and have that (acting) as a back up.’ And all those ideas of security – my father was a university lecturer – his whole generation were being made redundant when he was about 55. The whole sense of security – I have had a career which turned out to be no less secure than his turned out to be.

“(But) he loves it. It’s done wonders for my relationship with him, because he didn’t know any actors, he didn’t know the world of cinema and theater very much so he saw my acting dreams as a way, quite rightly, of a way of getting out of math or as having an excuse to be bad at that stuff. But when I actually got a job, he was thrilled – not just because I was successful, but because I was applying myself, I was happy, this was work now, not just fantasy.”

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