Sorry about the blurry photo but it's as close as I (or my zoom lens) could get from the balcony of the Elgin Theatre last night. The Toronto Film Festival is taking over the city and it was the world premiere of Easy Virtue, based on the Noel Coward play, starring Colin Firth, Kristin Scott Thomas, Jessica Biel and Ben Barnes and directed by Stephan Elliott, best known as the director of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
There aren't too many men I'd spend two hours in the pouring rain lining up for, but Coward is definitely one of them (I'll have you know I am a proud, card-carrying member of the Noel Coward Society) Colin is just the icing. Actually, I love Kristin Scott Thomas as well, but she couldn't make it. The important thing is that the film was terrific - it stayed fairly close to the play but Elliott has had so much fun expanding the characters with great comic success - there are more gags, some clever photography shots, great music throughout, and even though he's changed the ending - boy, does it work!
There are three major defining moments in the evolution of Colin Firth as one of the, if not THE sexiest actor alive.
#3: His wet shirt scene in Pride and Prejudice.
#2: Telling Bridget Jones, "I like you very much, just the way you are."
And #1: Dancing a smoldering tango with Jessica Biel in Easy Virtue. There was an audible collective sigh from the female population in the theatre after it ended. What can I say - it was hot!
Don't miss this movie when it hits theatres. I can't wait for the DVD.