Colin Firth will no longer voice Paddington Bear in the upcoming movie based on the beloved children’s character and recent terrifying meme.
Firth evoked another chilling figure, Gwyneth Paltrow, in his statement to EW, referring to his exit as a “conscious uncoupling.”
“It’s been bittersweet to see this delightful creature take shape and come to the sad realisation that he simply doesn’t have my voice,” Firth continued.
“I’ve had the joy of seeing most of the film and it’s going to be quite wonderful.”
Director Paul King suggested in another statement that the split was amicable.
It’s not unusual for voice actors to be replaced at the last minute; recent examples include Benjamin Bratt taking over for Al Pacino in Despicable Me 2 months before release, as well as Scarlett Johansson replacing Samantha Morton in Her.
Paddington is still set to hit UK cinemas in November, with a local release due in December.
Until then, we have Creepy Paddington to keep us entertained/horrified.