Audio: David Heyman explains why Colin Firth was replaced as Paddington

David Heyman, producer of the Harry Potter films, has explained why Colin Firth was replaced as the as the voice of the lead character in his latest movie, Paddington.

Speaking at the world premiere in Leicester Square on Sunday, he said: “Colin was the first choice, and he was fantastic. But his voice has these chocolatey tones, and when you married those chocolately tones with a young bear, it just didn’t feel right. And so a more eccentric voice, in Ben [Whishaw], worked with the Paddington character so beautifully.”

Heyman also spoke about working with Julie Walters: “She has a wicked sense of humour. She did all the Potter films, so I’ve spent a lot of time working with her. She brings an energy, a life, a sense of humour, and she is such a generous spirit.”

Describing Hugh Bonneville, who plays Mr Brown, as the “one of the funniest people I know”, Heyman added: “There was a lot of laughter throughout the making of the film.”

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