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Colin Firth will no longer voice Paddington six months before its release

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Last week's disturbing trailer for PADDINGTON likely helped a lot of people make up their mind about the live action/CGI adaption. It looks terrible; I'm talking YOGI BEAR terrible. Well perhaps Colin Firth, who was set to provide the voice of Paddington Bear, thought the same and has actually left the production.

In a statement he said:

It's been bittersweet to see this delightful creature take shape and come to the sad realization that he simply doesn’t have my voice. I've had the joy of seeing most of the film and it’s going to be quite wonderful. I still feel rather protective of this bear and I’m pestering them all with suggestions for finding a voice worthy of him.

A classy exit; though I wish he would tell us that when he watched the trailer he just wiped his hands together and said "I’m out." Firth would have brought something nice to the picture I’m sure and now it’s the waiting game to see who his replacement will be. Director Paul King says Paddington's new voice will be announced in the coming weeks.

The film's live-action cast still includes Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, and Nicole Kidman. The good news is that the Paddington movie has inspired a delightful horror meme.

Here is the original followed by some of my favorites:




PADDINGTON will feed off children’s tears on December 25th 2014.

Source: EW

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1:05PM on 06/18/2014
I think they should have Gilbert Gottfried voicing this.
I think they should have Gilbert Gottfried voicing this.
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9:24AM on 06/18/2014

Guess he knows something we don't?

It's a shame: I remember reading (and enjoying) the Paddington Bear series as a little kid. It isn't "this movie raped my childhood!" territory, but it's sad nonetheless.
It's a shame: I remember reading (and enjoying) the Paddington Bear series as a little kid. It isn't "this movie raped my childhood!" territory, but it's sad nonetheless.
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5:55AM on 06/18/2014
Finally, someone's realized that the UK doesn't need any more immigrants from "Bongo Bongo Land" turning up on our shores. I bet this Paddington fucker expects to be given a house and free access to our health care system like he has every right to them. Screw you, Paddington. No, you're not entitled to social benefits during your lazy 'hibernation' period, either.
Finally, someone's realized that the UK doesn't need any more immigrants from "Bongo Bongo Land" turning up on our shores. I bet this Paddington fucker expects to be given a house and free access to our health care system like he has every right to them. Screw you, Paddington. No, you're not entitled to social benefits during your lazy 'hibernation' period, either.
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4:06AM on 06/18/2014

Disturbing ?

Yeah, I don't understand the supposed disturbing stuff in the trailer. What I saw was just a film for kids with a CGI bear. Nothing creepy at all.
Yeah, I don't understand the supposed disturbing stuff in the trailer. What I saw was just a film for kids with a CGI bear. Nothing creepy at all.
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3:50AM on 06/18/2014
Maybe they released a different trailer cause I dont see how the one I saw was disturbing
Maybe they released a different trailer cause I dont see how the one I saw was disturbing
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10:45PM on 06/17/2014
Those memes are f*ckin' hilarious!
Those memes are f*ckin' hilarious!
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9:06PM on 06/17/2014
Truly, truly disturbing. Also, this kinda reminds me of Despicable Me 2, when Al Pacino was suddenly replaced with Benjamin Bratty, but that was for the villain and the not the main character.
Truly, truly disturbing. Also, this kinda reminds me of Despicable Me 2, when Al Pacino was suddenly replaced with Benjamin Bratty, but that was for the villain and the not the main character.
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8:24PM on 06/17/2014
The meme with the Breaking Bad reference cracked me up.
The meme with the Breaking Bad reference cracked me up.
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7:45PM on 06/17/2014
They should just embrace the creepiness and hire Christopher Walken to voice the bear.
They should just embrace the creepiness and hire Christopher Walken to voice the bear.
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9:33PM on 06/17/2014
Oh, yes!
Oh, yes!
7:44PM on 06/17/2014
That's too bad. Firth would have done a nice job with his complementary voice.
That's too bad. Firth would have done a nice job with his complementary voice.
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7:44PM on 06/17/2014
I never thought Paddington Bear could be this creepy!
I never thought Paddington Bear could be this creepy!
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7:14PM on 06/17/2014
Man, they put together a hell of a cast for this thing too. It might be one of the biggest implosions in motion picture history. Colin Firth was the only who could back out since he was only a voice. Nicole Kidman, etc. won't have that luxury.
Man, they put together a hell of a cast for this thing too. It might be one of the biggest implosions in motion picture history. Colin Firth was the only who could back out since he was only a voice. Nicole Kidman, etc. won't have that luxury.
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6:56PM on 06/17/2014
I guess Colin Firth just couldn`t bear it anymore..nyuck nyuck
I guess Colin Firth just couldn`t bear it anymore..nyuck nyuck
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10:44PM on 06/17/2014
Lmao you're funny.

He thought the trailer was unbearable. Lmao
Lmao you're funny.

He thought the trailer was unbearable. Lmao
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