Oscar winner Colin Firth took a trip down memory lane in the current issue of People magazine by looking at photos taken during his career and commenting on them.
He had good things to say about photos with such co-stars as Renee Zellweger (Bridget Jones Diary), Nicole Kidman (The Railway Man) and Catherine Zeta-Jones (Out of the Blue).
But when asked about a photo from his first movie, 1984’s Another Country, he looked at an image of he and co-star Rupert Everett and said: ‘We didn’t like each other very much and went through that photo shoot without a word exchanged.’
British romantic historical drama is set in a 1930s Eton-esque public school. Everett played openly gay student Guy Bennett and Firth played his friend Tommy Judd. Both feel like outsiders – Judd because he is a Marxist.
‘We started off as friends, then it went horribly wrong about two weeks in,’ Firth recalled. ‘He was incredibly unpleasant. He described me as a "ghastly guitar-playing socialist." I did not have a guitar.’
But the two managed to patch things up and work together again – most notably in Shakespeare in Love.
Says Firth: ‘We’re great friends now.’