of The Daily Mail
Whilst the rest of the world read the heart breaking news that Bridget Jones has become a widow in Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy,
Colin Firth received the news in a more personal way.
Author Helen Fielding has said in an interview with Time
magazine, she attempted to tell the British heartthrob in person about the fact that his alter ego will have met his maker. "I did want to tell Colin in person but we were trying to have lunch, and I couldn't really tell him why I was trying to meet him, and he was in a different place.”
Fielding went on to explain that she had to break the news to Firth over the telephone; "I had to ask him if he had someone with him and if he was sitting down. It was like someone actually had died. We had to process it. And I was almost saying, 'I'm so sorry for your loss'."
The author’s decision to kill off Bridget’s Mr Darcy has been an incredibly controversial one, and many fans (this one included) have voiced their displeasure over this decision. When asked why she made this decision, Fielding said "That was absolutely inherent from the start. Pain and confusion and those sorts of things are where the jokes come from. There has to be an integrity to what those jokes mean."
In a way to try and reassure both Firth and fans, she said that although Mark may be gone is not forgotten, especially considering Bridget has had two children, Billy and Mabel, with the now deceased legal eagle. "His presence is very much there in the book and in the child," Fielding added. "As I told [Colin] his memory will live on and he will rise from the dead rather like Jesus".
Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy
will be released tomorrow, October 10th