Exhausted Oscar 'king' Colin 'relieved' it's all over
The Oscars marked the end of awards season and nobody is more relieved than Best Actor winner Colin Firth.
"I think I'm feeling not joy – but relief that it's over. That seems to be the default position. You could say I'm grateful – and relieved," he told BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday.
The red carpet ceremonies and promotion of his film has meant a hectic schedule for Colin, taking him from Toronto to Paris, Palm Springs, New York, London and Los Angeles.
"The whole Oscar adventure has taken months and months of criss-crossing the Atlantic to go to Los Angeles and New York and points in between.
"I don't think I'll need to go to another party ever again."
The actor - who has earned an Oscar, Golden Globe and a Bafta for his role as stuttering King George VI in The King's Speech – can finally take a well-deserved break.
And the 50-year-old has already started planning it: "I've started having fantasies about what I'll do.
"I think I'm going to cook a lot. I don't think I'm particularly good at it but I'm going to inflict my cooking on anybody within range. I tend to find that a good way to decompress."
Monday marked the end of Colin's manic few months, and as he finally made his way home, he dropped in on Ellen DeGeneres for a surprise visit.
He showed her his Oscar which was dressed in a pair of mini-underpants Ellen had previously given Colin as a joke on Valentine's Day.
Although he is now considered a major Hollywood player, Colin remains humble at heart – which was evident in his Golden Globe acceptance speech.
Thanking the gala organisers for staving off a midlife crisis, he said: "Right now this is all that stands between me and a Harley Davidson."
In his Oscars acceptance speech, he paid tribute to his wife Livia Guigioli and thanked her "for putting up with my fleeting delusions of royalty."
Colin has also revealed his plans for the future - after his time out, of course.
"I want to do comedy next, gravitas is hugely over-rated.
"I want to do something that amuses me now that changes the pace, changes the tone."
And, ever the self-deprecating Englishman, Colin added: "continue my long tradition of making a fool of myself."
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