Slimline Colin Firth Stays Trim After War Movie

The Chiswick-based actor lost weight to play Burma POW


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The new slimline Colin Firth (52) has been getting attention from fans and media as he retains the svelte figure he needed to play the part of a British POW in the film 'The Railway Man'.

The Chiswick-based actor had to lose a good deal of weight to play the part of Eric Lomax, whose book tells the true story of how he tracked down the Japanese soldier who tortured him during the Second World War. The film is due to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September.

A fuller figure in his Mr. Darcy days

Colin was snapped in Antibes last weekend, wearing black and looking thin as he attended a jazz session in which Woody Allen was playing with his band. He is due to appear in the next Woody Allen film (as yet untitled) along with Chiswick-based actress Dame Eileen Atkins.

However the star has not revealed how he managed to lose the weight to play the role of an emaciated prisoner-of-war for 'The Railway Man' or whether he intends to put weight back on over the summer holidays. He has a holiday home in Italy with his wife Livia Firth and spends a good deal of time there along with their two sons. The couple recently hosted a party on a yacht for celebrities in Cannes where Livia showcased her eco-friendly fashion designs.

Colin Firth as Eric Lomax in The Railway Man

Eric Lomax was captured after Singapore fell to the Japanese Army and was one of the few to survive the infamous Burma 'Death Railway' camps. In later life, Lomax, who died in October 2012, was pursuaded to find and confront the man who was responsible for his torture.

The 'Railway Man' also stars Nicole Kidman and Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) who plays a young Lomax.



July 25, 2013