The Telegraph Magazine does a feature about Renee’s new film Bridget Jones’s Baby and talks with Renee, Colin & Patrick.
Exclusive: Twelve years on from her last screen appearance, Bridget Jones is still smart, funny, and a bit of a mess. Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth and Helen Fielding talk to the Telegraph Magazine about bringing Bridget – now pregnant – back to life
When we last saw Bridget Jones on screen, at the end of The Edge of Reason in 2004, Mark Darcy had just proposed marriage. That final scene delivered a promise of commitment at last. Their on-off relationship began in 2001 with the first film, Bridget Jones’s Diary – based on Helen Fielding’s comic creation, originally a column, then a book.
Set in London and directed by Sharon Maguire, it sees Bridget (Renée Zellweger), who works in publishing, meet Mark (Colin Firth), a divorced human-rights barrister, at a New Year’s Day turkey-curry buffet. Bridget is warm, gaffe-prone, tortured by the size of her thighs; Mark is buttoned-up and terribly serious.
‘I like you very much,’ he says (translation: ‘I am in love with you’). But Bridget fancies her boss, Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant), a charming scoundrel who promises great sex and minibreaks. In Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, the sequel, directed by Beeban Kidron, we find Bridget and Mark having a post-coital hug with his boxer shorts neatly folded by her bed.
But this is not a happy conclusion to their tale. It’s more like the beginning of the end. His formality starts to seem an awful lot like pomposity; his folded boxer shorts start to annoy her. She chucks him, escapes to Thailand with Daniel (who is now employed as a travel presenter by the television channel for which she works) and ends up being saved from a Thai prison by Mark.
Of course, without the right actors neither of the films would have worked. The combination of Zellweger, a Texan with an excellent Home Counties accent and capacity for physical comedy (‘a latter-day Lucille Ball’, according to one critic); Firth, haughty and smouldering (even in a home-made sweater with a reindeer on the front); and Grant, revealing a wickedly seductive darker side, won over audiences.
And now, 12 years later, we have the long-anticipated Bridget Jones’s Baby, again directed by Maguire, which rejoins the characters after 10 years.
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