A Single Man Review
A Single Man
5 Feb 2010
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
Choice of the role ( As per Colin Firth)
On February 21, 2010, when he won a BAFTA for Best Actor, Colin Firth’s list of people to thank included the man who repaired his refrigerator. Firth explained that he’d decided to turn down the part, and had an email to director Tom Ford in his outbox, waiting to be sent. Then a man arrived to repair his refrigerator, and Firth had time to reconsider.
Scene based on Ford’s own childhood
IN the DVD commentary, Tom Ford says that when Jennifer speaks to George in the bank, some of what she says is based on Ford’s own childhood. She has a pet scorpion because Ford and his sister had a pet scorpion when they were little. Her older brother is named “Tom” because Ford’s first name is Tom. She speaks of her brother Tom giving her hair treatments with eggs because that was something Ford did for his own sister many times. She obliviously says that her brother Tom is “light in his loafers” (a derogatory euphemism for being gay) because Ford is gay.
Selection for the Role of Kenny
Tom Ford revealed in an interview that the role of Kenny was originally given to a more famous actor (Jamie Bell, according an E! Online article) who didn’t show up to the costume fitting five days prior to shooting. Ford then remembered an audition tape by Nicholas Hoult.
Back story for George’s suit
In an interview with Terry Gross, Tom Ford explained that he created a back story for George’s suit. He decided that George would’ve had it custom made on Saville Row on a trip home to England, which informed its cut and color. He also decided that the suit was a few years old, because ‘old-school’ British people of wealth tend to be thrifty with clothing. Ford put a label on the inside of the suit with George’s name and 1957, the year it was made.
On the couch, Jim reads ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’
by Truman Capote. Lee Pace appeared in Infamous (2006), which chronicles Capote’s life during the writing of In Cold Blood.
As per Colin Firth ( when he discovered that His boyfriend has died)
Colin Firth told interviewer Terry Gross that the scene in which his character discovers his boyfriend has died was shot at the same time that John McCain was conceding the 2008 U.S. presidential election. Firth said “hearing John McCain conceding defeat was not conducive to tragedy in that moment for me.”
RT/Meta Critic Review
One of the year’s more satisfying films.