One of the most famous lines in Bridget Jones's Diary comes from Colin Firth's character, Mark Darcy. He tells Renée's Bridget, "I love you just the way you are." Colin says audience reactions to this line's simple grace caught him off guard.
"It amazes me the impact that line has because I would have thought it's a fairly obvious thing you would say to a partner," he says. "It seems incredible how much hunger for that sort of affirmation there is out there, really. I know a lot of people who say, 'It goes without saying...' And that's when you get the cry of protest. 'No, you have to say it.'"
Colin also says that shooting a sequel of such a beloved movie was a startling experience. "When we first got together and were shooting in the street, it was a bizarre experience to be dressed as a character that everybody knew," he says. "I'd seen the first film only once and there were people who showed up on the street to watch who had probably seen it two or three or more times. Other people owned these characters in their minds and cherished them. You really don't want to mess with that."