Colin Firth has announced his conscious uncoupling from the live-action Paddington Bear movie, which is based on the children's books by Michael Bond. The British actor was set to voice the CGI version of the beloved bear, but he's now made the bittersweet decision to exit from the film.
The star revealed his decision via a statement to Entertainment Weekly and amusingly chose to use the phrase "consciously uncoupling," which Gwyneth Paltrow used earlier this year when she announced her split from husband Chris Martin.
"It's been bittersweet to see this delightful creature take shape and come to the sad realization that he simply doesn't have my voice," the actor said. "I've had the joy of seeing most of the film and it's going to be quite wonderful. I still feel rather protective of this bear and I'm pestering them all with suggestions for finding a voice worthy of him."
And it appears there are no hard feelings between the movie's director Paul King and Firth either.
King, who will be directing the highly anticipated Warner Bros. film, told Entertainment Weekly, "I cannot thank [Firth] enough for his contribution to Paddington. We love the voice and we love the bear, but as our young bear came into being we agreed that the two didn't seem to fit. So, with somewhat heavy hearts we decided to part ways."
However, even though Firth is no longer going to be a part of the film, it still boasts an impressive cast, including Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent and Peter Capaldi.
A replacement for Firth has yet to be named.
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