Colin Firth signed on for his role in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy long before winning his Oscar for The King’s Speech. Even so, it’s a little jolting to find him in a relatively small role as one of a half-dozen British intelligence agents and possible moles being investigated by George Smiley (Gary Oldman, the film’s center of gravity). But Firth gives a typically shining and sly performance as the dapper Bill Haydon, ever-so-much more sophisticated than his drab colleagues. And if casting is destiny, this teasing film makes you wonder: is there some big payoff coming for his character or is he the ultimate red herring?
In our video chat, Firth talks about what the film is really about beneath its 70’s story – betrayal, paranoia, and as he puts it “disppointed romanticism” (now that is a poetic spy). And he actually seems relieved when he says: Yes, it’s a relief to have all that Oscar pressure out of the way.
(And here’s my video interview with Gary Oldman.)
Video edited by TAYLOR LEVY.