In his acceptance speech when he won a BAFTA for Best Actor on 21 February 2010, Colin Firth revealed that he had been on the point of turning down the part and had the email to director Tom Ford in his outbox, waiting to be sent. Then a man arrived to repair his refrigerator and Firth reconsidered. He thanked “the fridge guy” in his speech.
Gary:(talking about his character George Smiley) I jokingly refer to it as a sitting down part. Colin: Sitting down is very important to English people… All of our Olympic medals are in sitting-down sports.