2011 time 100

There are two Colin Firths, who live symbiotically within each other. First is a man of principle, action and compassion, who fights for the powerless. Second is a beloved actor in Britain and an international film star.

The two sides of Colin, 50, inform each other. He can be the glamorous celebrity, but look closely at photos of him on the red carpet: there is a kindness in his eyes, an introspection and consideration. He actively pursues a deeper understanding of the world around him, and his humanitarianism gives a depth and wisdom to his performances.

As Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, Colin underplayed the attractiveness of that character. Here was a man locked away within himself but with great personal standards and morality. It was a performance that made women of all ages swoon. As George VI in The King’s Speech, he revealed the vulnerability and sense of inadequacy that can be found even in the high and mighty. Colin’s innate decency, self-discipline and self-deprecation make him into the archetypal Englishman. His kind, thoughtful, passionate soul makes him into Everyman.

By: Helen Mirren

Bruno Mars 2011 TIME 100 List

Bruno Mars

Artist

By B.O.B Thursday, Apr. 21, 2011

There are a lot of people in this world who can sing and play the piano and guitar. Hell, I sing and play the piano and guitar. But there’s something different about Bruno Mars. He has a musicality, a presence in his voice that I’ve never heard from anyone else.

Bruno, 25, is part of this new wave of musicians who can do everything: sing, play, write, produce. When he performs live, nothing is prerecorded or fudged. It’s a straight-up, classic performance. That’s so rare these days. We needed only two sessions to record “Nothin’ on You.” But when we perform live is when you really see our chemistry in action. And I can’t even tell you how many times he’s made my stomach hurt from laughing so hard. Bruno is hilarious. You can see it in the hit song “F— You,” which he wrote for Cee Lo Green. That’s him; that’s his sense of humor.

Bruno has so many things open to him now, so many doorways he can walk through. Even I don’t know what he’ll be up to next.

B.o.B is a rapper, singer, musician and record producer