On paper, it's an unlikely-sounding pairing - Colin Firth, he of Mr Darcy's breeches, Mark Darcy's woolly pullover and an Oscar for a stuttering king, and Emily Blunt, with her Transatlantic appeal and very contemporary look - but it seems to work.
Emily Blunt and Colin Firth in 'Arthur and Mike'
This pair co-star in 'Arthur and Mike', in the latest romance-on-the-road film, bringing together two unlikely characters 'Arthur' (Colin Firth) and 'Mike' (Emily Blunt).
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One-time talented golfer, Wallace Avery (Colin Firth) is struggling with a life from which he longs to escape. Faking his own death, he acquires a forged passport and a new identity—that of a golfer named “Arthur Newman”. “Arthur” heads out for Indiana to start a new life and a promise of a new job as a resident golf-pro at a prestigious club. Along the way, he meets the beautiful but troubled Charlotte (Emily Blunt), who is also traveling under a false identity—that of her schizophrenic twin sister, Michaela or “Mike”—and has fled her own home in North Carolina.
Arthur and Mike’s relationship flourishes and they embark on an adventurous road-trip where they take a deviation, breaking into empty mansions and assuming other people’s identities until, eventually, the role-playing games begin to lose their lustre, revealing two hearts hurt by life’s challenges. Arthur and Mike are then forced to take another look at themselves and the real lives they’ve left behind.
'Arthur and Mike' is available on DVD from 25 August. Watch the trailer below...