New York -- British actor Colin Firth says he was well-versed in Noel Coward's work long before he signed on to star in "Easy Virtue," a film based on a Coward play.
Asked if he was a big fan of the scribe, Firth told United Press International in New York recently: "Yes. ... We grow up with it, really."
"I had done a Noel Coward film before," the 48-year-old actor added. "It didn't really get out there very much. It was a film of 'Relative Values.'"
Firth pointed out that 2000 movie, much like the upcoming "Easy Virtue," was about "an aristocratic family where the son brings home an American girl and the mother doesn't approve."
"I didn't play quite the same kind of guy," the film star said, comparing his "Virtue" and "Values" characters.