This image released by The Weinstein Company shows Colin Firth in a scene from "The Railway Man." (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, Jaap Buitendijk)
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Shortly before wrapping up filming for "The Railway Man," a World War Two drama about a former British Army officer and victim of torture, actor Colin Firth dreamt he was drawing a map of a railway but was bluffing and didn't know how to do it.Australian director Jonathan Teplitzky ("Burning Man" and "Better than Sex,") thought Firth was perfect for the part and that it was a role and a character the actor couldn't say no to.Nicole Kidman, the 2003 best actress Oscar winner for "The Hours," plays his wife Patti Lomax, and Jeremy Irvine, who made his feature film debut in "War Horse," is the young Lomax, whose story is told in flashbacks.The film was shot in Australia, Thailand and Scotland, where Firth and Kidman met Lomax and his wife. Lomax died in 2012, at the age of 93, while the film was being edited.Reading the book and meeting Lomax were invaluable for Firth because his role is so silent and the feelings are internalized.
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