Being Harry Hart aka Galahad: A Conversation with COLIN FIRTH for the Home Entertainment release of Kingsman: The Secret Service
KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE is this year’s most exciting espionage thriller and centres on a teenage hoodlum, whose life takes an unexpected turn when he's recruited to join a spy organisation by a veteran secret agent. Colin Firth is the suave super spy Harry Hart, who takes a tearaway teen known as Eggsy, played by Taron Egerton, under his wing in the hopes that he will ultimately pass muster in an elite spy agency. Meanwhile, a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius, Richmond Valentine, played by Samuel L. Jackson, which the agency must try and thwart.
Acting legend Colin Firth tells us about crafting his character, approaching the incredible action sequence in the Church and the training he went through for the film...
Tell us about your character, “Harry Hart”
We don’t know much about Harry Hart; he’s a bit of a mystery. He’s a spy and you know we first meet him he appears to be a tailor. The whole cover is the gentlemen’s tailors, but really he’s part of a secret organization who are there for the good of the world. And you know they have extraordinary skills, a rigorous, beyond a rigorous training program, and an extraordinary embarrassment in terms of gadgets and that sort of thing.
Can you tell us about the inspiration for creating the character...
Matthew’s preference was always David Niven, and I think he might of mentioned David Niven when he and I fist met a year and a half I think before we started shooting, saying that he wanted to revert to a kind of original Ian Fleming notion of a rather traditional gentleman spy, where the, it’s not so much to do with overt machismo, but more to do with grace and also the unexpected. One of the reasons he was interested in me was because I was precisely the last person you would ever imagine being able to do any of this, and that’s part of the fun he has, because he loves to subvert people’s expectations. You know because if he had said to me, you know I want to hire you for your innate butchness, it might have been a very short conversation. But I was interested in the way he lied to flip things. And then that’s why he wanted me to do as much of the stunt work as I could myself in order to sell it the skeptics.
KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE IS OUT ON DIGITAL HD ON MAY 24TH AND ON BLU-RAY AND DVD ON JUNE 8TH FROM TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT