Colin Firth Will No Longer Provide the Voice of PADDINGTON

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The recent trailer for Paddington made the movie look fairly awful, but I was still curious to hear what he would sound like with Colin Firth.  It looks like I’ll never have the answer.  According to EW, Firth, who was set to provide the voice of Paddington Bear, has decided to leave the production.  “After a period of denial,” says Firth, “we’ve chosen ‘conscious uncoupling.’”  After seeing Paddington in action, Firth says he’s “come to the sad realization that he simply doesn’t have my voice.”  I assumed his vocal performance would bring a level of dignity to the character, and that apparently no longer fits with the earwax-tasting, toilet-dunking Paddington we saw in the trailer.  Firth did add that “I’m pestering them all with suggestions for finding a voice worthy of him.”

Although finding a replacement and re-recording the lines will be a bit of a headache, it shouldn’t be an insurmountable task to find a new voice actor and still make the film’s December 25th release date.  Director Paul King (The Mighty Boosh) says Paddington’s new voice will be announced in the coming weeks.  The film’s live-action cast still includes Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, and Nicole Kidman.  Sound off in the comments about who you think should voice Paddington.




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  • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

    Idris Elba, or if he’s busy playing every other role ever, Joe Pesci.

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      • Luek David Grainger

        Oh my goodness, that is amazing!!!!

  • Kyle Chandler

    Samuel L. Jackson.

    • The Flobbit

      “British, motherf–ker, do you speak it?”

    • The Flobbit

      “British, motherf–ker, do you speak it?”

  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

    Or Kristen Stewart

  • Jon

    Ben Wishaw. For real.

    • Jennifer Schillig

      Hmm…not bad…

  • Pinbacker

    Henry Winkler channeling Barry Zuckerkorn

  • Frank

    How does this work, exactly? The same thing happened last year when Al Pacino left his role in Despicable Me 2 rather late in the game… this surprised me because my impression from interviews was that voice recording is done really far in advance. Does the new actor come in and try to sync their lines exactly to the animation?

    • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

      “Does the new actor come in and try to sync their lines exactly to the animation?”
      that is exactly how it works.

      • Frank

        That sounds like a real pain in the ass.

      • Melwing

        a lot of live action movies do this including ‘lord of the rings’. i believe almost all of the dialogue in all three LOTR films was re-recorded (by the original actor though). (source: lotr dvd extras)

      • Anthony Michael

        That is not what will happen. The movie is released in December. They will not be forced to sync their lines exactly. They will go back into the CG animation and make the lip movements match the new voice actor, and I would imagine that they will tweak other aspects of the character as well.

  • Cale

    Matt Smith?

    • CorkBlisters

      I thought Matt Smith!

    • Jennifer Schillig

      What, two Doctors in the same movie? XD Actually, he might make a good Paddington, as might David Tennant. Or, if we’re on the subject of past Doctors, how about Peter Davison, who does do voice work (or at least, does for Big Finish) and, as we saw with the Fifth Doctor, could sound vulnerable and likable?
      Otherwise, I’d pull for Hugh Laurie, who was actually approached before and can sound gentle and earnest with his natural English accent (Prince George, anyone?). Or how about Tom Hiddleston? His voice has the right pitch. Plus, he took a character who tried to take over Earth and caused hundreds of deaths, and made fangirls everywhere swoon over him and call him misunderstood. If that doesn’t show he can play likable and vulnerable, I don’t know what does.

    • Jennifer Schillig

      What, two Doctors in the same movie? XD Actually, he might make a good Paddington, as might David Tennant. Or, if we’re on the subject of past Doctors, how about Peter Davison, who does do voice work (or at least, does for Big Finish) and, as we saw with the Fifth Doctor, could sound vulnerable and likable?
      Otherwise, I’d pull for Hugh Laurie, who was actually approached before and can sound gentle and earnest with his natural English accent (Prince George, anyone?). Or how about Tom Hiddleston? His voice has the right pitch. Plus, he took a character who tried to take over Earth and caused hundreds of deaths, and made fangirls everywhere swoon over him and call him misunderstood. If that doesn’t show he can play likable and vulnerable, I don’t know what does.

  • Daniel Ronczkowski

    Sound off? I dont know that we care?

  • DPW

    This would have been Firth’s Garfield to Murray…good call Colin! He even flakes on major productions amiably!

  • salfie

    I’m guessing they’ll go with someone like Ewan McGregor as the voice of P.Bear. Who knows, maybe James McAvoy or Martin Freeman.

  • salfie

    I’m guessing they’ll go with someone like Ewan McGregor as the voice of P.Bear. Who knows, maybe James McAvoy or Martin Freeman.

  • The Flobbit

    Glad Colin Firth isn’t doing it. His voice is far too deep and adult for a little bear.

    That being said, I still have zero interest in this juvenile, disgusting mess of a movie.

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  • Luek David Grainger

    Martin Freeman or David Tennant

  • T

    Ewan McGregor’s voice would do nicely

  • Marissa Evans

    Such a relief actually. Nobody could add any amount of class to what we saw in that trailer. Maybe somebody will come around with a more pleasant version of the story, and Firth can voice him then. Perhaps 2-D animated?

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