Firth plays a former pro-golfer, who runs away from his old life by buying a new identity after his marriage and career fall apart. In the film, the press labels him "the choker" after he fails to win a major golf championship, and Firth says the relentless media attention is the motivation behind his character disappearing.
So, we asked Firth and Blunt if they felt like the media goes too far in their scrutiny, particularly with regards to younger stars. For example, Jada Pinkett-Smith recently took to her Facebook page to defend stars like Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift, whom she thinks have been bullied unfairly recently by the press.
"They want to see the downfall, it's sad," Blunt tells omg!.
"Expectation can be paralyzing," Firth reiterates. "I think it's nipping things in the bud,"
"For whatever reason we're in a culture where people really like to see other people fail," Blunt elaborates. "That's why people buy the tabloid magazines because for some reason it makes them feel better about themselves -- to see someone with cellulite on the beach or not wearing whatever."
"The trouble is, it's not necessarily the fault of anybody's particular agenda, it's just what happens if you become a story," Firth counters.
Take Amanda Bynes, for example (fun fact: she starred alongside Firth in "What a Girl Wants"). If she weren't constantly tweeting bizarre pictures, would the media even pay attention to her? She's just one example of a star essentially making themselves a story. If she really hates the attention, she could make it stop by laying off Twitter.
"That's where the perks come from -- becoming a story is what can make people rich, make people privileged and all that sort of thing," Firth continues on the topic. "But unfortunately, people want a story. A big sort of turn of people's fortunes makes one. They like rehabilitation as well, they like comebacks, but nobody is out there looking after your well being in the meantime."
We have tons more with both Firth and Blunt -- watch the video above to hear them discuss their new movie and how they approached some of their uncomfortable love scenes.
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