Let’s take a moment to consider the atypical career of Colin Firth. He became a superstar in his native Britain in his mid-thirties thanks to his definitive portrayal of Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice
, a role that made him so iconic there that he spent many years parodying or acknowledging it in films like Love Actually
and Bridget Jones’s Diary
. Sure, he worked in other capacities -- a talent as versatile as his is almost guaranteed steady work in British film -- but it was his turn in Tom Ford’s 2009 drama, A Single Man
, that brought Firth international acclaim, as well as his first Oscar nomination in the United States. Just one year ...