TOM CONTI ON PLAYING JUDGE WHO SENDS BRITAIN’S
“It’s funny that the first time in my career that I play a judge it’s opposite an accident-prone bear.”
Paddington 2, with an all-star cast including Hugh Grant, Julie Walters and Peter Capaldi, opened in cinemas across the UK last week and is already proving a smash hit.
The first f ilm, in 2014, took everyone by surprise when it became the highest- grossing non- Hollywood f i lm to date, taking £131million at the box office.
Paddington, created by author Michael Bond, who died earlier this year, has been delighting millions of children and adults for more than six decades – and thanks to the movies his appeal continues to grow.
Paisley-born Tom is thrilled to be part of the phenomenon.
He said: “My daughter Nina had a Paddington Bear growing up and I read the books to her just like I did to my grandsons Arthur and Drummond when they were a wee bit younger.
“The boys are both fans of the first movie and I took 13- year- old Arthur with me to the premiere of Paddington 2 last week and he absolutely loved it.
“It appeals to all ages as there are jokes for the kids and innuendos only the adults will understand.
“Paddington is such a feel- good character, he’s like a tonic who makes everyone feel warm and happy. But it’s not just the bear that makes this movie great, it’s the whole package.
“Everything comes together, giving it a heart and soul. The Brown family
BEST BAR NONE The beloved bear in his jail outfit. Right, with the Brown family. Main picture, Tom Conti as the judge SO SWEET