Colin Firth

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Colin Firth describes the feeling of being trusted with the intimate portrayal of a surviving war crime victim in "The Railway Man." (5:41)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

MY GUEST TONIGHT.

THIS GUY.

THIS GUY CAN ACT.

HE HAS A NEW FILM CALLED "THERAILWAY MAN."

>> I DID NOT EXPECT YOU TO BEALIVE.

NO, OF COURSE YOU DIDN'T.

YOU THOUGHT YOU GOT AWAY WITHIT.

WHY ARE YOU ALIVE?

>> WHY ARE WE ALIVE?

>> NO, YOU.

WHY ARE YOU ALIVE?

YOU WERE A WAR CRIMINAL, WHYDIDN'T THEY HANG YOU?

>> NOT A WAR CRIMINAL, JUST ANINTERPRETER.

>> YOU KNEW EVERYTHING.

WHY DID THEY LET YOU LIVE?

>> Jon: THAT LOOKS REALLY GOOD.

PLEASE WELCOME BACK TO THEPROGRAM COLIN FIRTH.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )MY MAN!

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )THAT'S YOU RIGHT THERE.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )THERE YOU GO.

NICE TO SEE YOU.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )YOU ARE LOOKING WELL MY FRIEND.

>> AS YOU ARE.

>> Jon: HOW ARE YOU?

>> I'M GOOD.

HOW ARE YOU?

>> Jon: YOU ARE SO GOOD IN THIS.

>> THANK YOU.

YOU SAW IT?

>> Jon: NO.

NO, I DID SEE IT.

IT'S PHENOMENAL.

BUT IT'S INCREDIBLY EMOTIONAL.

AND WE WERE JUST TALKING ABOUTTHIS.

SO IT SORT OF FLIPS BACK ANDFORTH.

I DON'T WANT TO GIVE... IS ITOKAY TO SAY IT GOES FROM...

>> TELL THE WHOLE THING IT'SFINE.

I'LL FIND OUT IF YOU AREBLUFFING.

>> Jon: WORLD WAR II TO LIKE1980.

IT GOES BACK AND FORTH.

WE WERE THINKING 1980 IS APERIOD PIECE.

BECAUSE THE DISTANCE OF TIMEBETWEEN 1980 AND NOW IS THE SAME

AMOUNT BETWEEN 1980 AND WORLDWAR II.

>> HURTS, DOESN'T IT?

>> Jon: IT REALLY...

>> I WAS DOING A PLAY SET IN1952, AND I REFERRED IT TO AS

A PERIOD PIECE AND MY MOTHER WASMORTIFIED.

>> Jon: WHAT DO YOU MEAN? IT'SMODERN HISTORY?

>> NO, NO. EXACTLY.

THE FIRST TIME I WAS ON YOURSHOW WOULD PROBABLY A PERIOD

PIECE NOW.

( LAUGHTER )>> Jon: EXACTLY.

A WOMAN ASKED ME TONIGHT WHENYOU FIRST STARTED HERE WHAT WAS

IT LIKE... I WAS LIKE WHEN DID IFIRST START?

WAS IT 42? OR WAS IT 52?

BUT YOU CLEARLY NOW YOU ARE INSOME KIND OF FIGHTING SHAPE.

ARE YOU DOING A BOXING MOVIE ORSOMETHING?

I'VE NEVER SEEN YOU IN THIS TYPEOF FIGHTING SHAPE BEFORE?

>> PEOPLE SEEM TO ASSUME I WASTRAINING FOR THIS FILM WHICH I

HAD DONE THE YEAR BEFORE.

I KNOW I'M SLOW TO CATCH UP ONTHINGS.

( LAUGHTER )BUT I USUALLY TRY TO STAY A

LITTLE BIT MORE AHEAD OF THINGSTHAN THAT.

I'M PLAYING A SPY, I'M AN ACTIONHERO.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )>> Jon: THIS IS THE FIRST...

>> THEY APPLAUD BEFORE THEY'VESEEN IT.

>> Jon: THIS IS EXCITING. THISSTORY, THE ONE IN THIS,

THE GENTLEMAN YOU AREPORTRAYING, THIS IS A TRUE STORY

THIS IS A GENTLEMAN WHO WAS HELDIN THAILAND.

>> CAPTURED IN SINGAPORE, TAKENTO THAILAND BASICALLY AS AN ARMY

OF SLAVES TO DO THIS IMPOSSIBLETASK OF BUILDING A RAILWAY

THROUGH THE JUNGLE.

IT WAS AN ACT OF MASS MURDER.

AND MORE THAN 100,000 PEOPLE DIDDIE UNDER THOSE CONDITIONS.

IT'S THE MOST EXTREME BRUTALITYYOU COULD POSSIBLY IMAGINE.

HE SURVIVED IT.

HE, LIKE MOST PEOPLE, VETERANSOF THAT EXPERIENCE, BOTTLED IT

UP FOR DECADES.

HE THRIVED ON HATRED. HE WANTEDVENGENCE.

>> Jon: WELL, THIS IS ABOUT THETRAUMA, THE P.T.S.D. THAT HE

EXPERIENCES IN FLASHBACKS.

>> EXACTLY, WHICH PROBABLYDIDN'T HAVE A NAME AT THE TIME.

HE FOUND RATHER MIRACULOUSLYFOUND THE GUY HE WAS LOOKING

FOR.

FOUND HIM TO STILL BE ALIVE ANDWENT OUT TO KILL HIM.

THAT'S WHAT LEADS TO THE SCENEYOU SAW THERE.

>> Jon: LET ME TELL YOU HOW THATSCENE ENDS.

IT'S PHENOMENAL.

( LAUGHTER )THE GENTLEMAN IS NO LONGER WITH

US, BUT HIS WIFE IS.

YOU MET HER.

>> I MET THEM BOTH.

ERIC PASSED AWAY ABOUT A YEARAND A HALF AGO.

>> Jon: OH, I DIDN'T REALIZE.

>> AND I GOT TO KNOW HIM.

YOU KNOW, IT BECOMES VERYPERSONAL.

>> Jon: ABSOLUTELY.

IT'S NOT JUST A JOB AT THATPOINT.

PATTY HAS BEEN HERE IN NEW YORKTALKING ABOUT THE FILM WITH US.

YOU KNOW, IT'S...

>> Jon: WAS THAT THE PERSONWHOSE APPROVAL OR DISAPPROVAL

WAS MOST...

>> ABSOLUTELY.

>> Jon: ...IN THE FRONT OF YOURMIND.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

>> Jon: WHEN THAT WAS DELIVEREDTO YOU IN I'M ASSUMING A

POSITIVE FASHION BECAUSESHE'S STILL WITH THE THING,

WAS THAT A WEIGHT OFFYOUR SHOULDERS?

>> A WEIGHT OFF AND THEN ON.

BECAUSE OF COURSE, IF SHE HADWITHHELD APPROVAL, I DON'T EVEN

KNOW HOW WE WOULDHAVE GOT GOING.

THE FACT THAT WE WERE THENTRUSTED TO TAKE THIS PRECIOUS

STORY.

AND THE REASON IT'S PRECIOUS ISTHAT OUT OF THIS WALL OF

SILENCE THIS MANSPOKE. AND IT WAS AT GREAT COST

TO HIM TO TELL THE TRUTH ABOUTWHAT HAPPENED.

HE WAS SPEAKING FOR THOUSANDS OFPEOPLE WHO HAD NOT SPOKEN AND

HE'S SAYING OVER TO YOU.

A GUY TO WHOM NOTHING HASHAPPENED EVER.

>> Jon: I HEARD YOU WENT JOGGINGONCE.

>> I WENT JOGGING AND SOMEBODYWAS MEAN TO ME AT SCHOOL ONCE.

( LAUGHTER )SO YOU KNOW THAT'S WHAT I HAD TO

DRAW ON.

AND, YOU KNOW, TO TAKE THIS HUGESTORY AND YOU'VE GOT 90 MINUTES

OF SCREEN TIME TO BE TRUE TO ITWAS... IT WAS AN INCENTIVE BUT,

YEAH THERE WAS A LITTLE BIT ONONE SHOULDER.

>> Jon: BEAUTIFULLY DONE, MYFRIEND.

REALLY, REALLY.

AS ALWAYS WITH YOUR STUFF EXCEPTFOR THIS NEW ONE THAT

YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THATSOUNDS ( BLEEP ) TERRIBLE.

NO, I'M JUST KIDDING.

( LAUGHTER )"THE RAILWAY MAN" IT OPENS IN

NEW YORK AND LA ON FRIDAY ANDEVERYWHERE APRIL 18.

COLIN FIRTH, LADIES ANDGENTLEMEN.

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