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Colin Firth and Paddington Bear consciously uncouple

Oscar-winner Colin Firth has chosen to part ways with the upcoming Paddington Bear movie

By Emma Chong Johnston | Published: 18 Jun 2014

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Colin Firth has announced his split with Paddington Bear. The actor was to have provided the voice for the animated character in the upcoming movie Paddington, but has since come to a mutual decision with the studio that he's just not the right fit. And he did it with some humour. "After a period of denial, we’ve chosen ‘conscious uncoupling'," Colin said in a statement.

"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,” the Oscar-winner said. “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.”

Director Paul King echoed Colin's sentiments, saying in a statement, “I cannot thank [Firth] enough 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.”

Studiocanal have not chosen a replacement yet, but still aim to be releasing the movie by November 28 in the UK.


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