April 24th, 2013
04:39 PM ET
CNN's heard from many a star that Colin Firth knows how to work a kissing scene.
Mention that to the Oscar winner, who next appears in "Arthur Newman" with Emily Blunt, and you'll see a man who fully owns his talent.
"I'm not remotely surprised," Firth joked with CNN upon hearing that his lip-locks are well-respected in Hollywood - although that tidbit was news to a pleased and proud Blunt.
The Brit pair's new movie tells the story of a man (Firth) who fakes his death and takes on a new identity in hopes to leave his old life behind, and along the way he teams up with a woman (Blunt) who's doing the same.
The roles demanded some spit-swapping between Firth and Blunt as well, but the actor found that his co-star's smooching actually reminded him of a man.
"He compared me to Matthew Goode when we did our kissing scene," Blunt dead-panned.
"He's been my best so far," said Firth, who starred in 2009's "A Single Man" with Goode. "That was a big compliment."
The two are clearly comfortable ribbing each other, although they'd only met once a while ago.
"We met once years before through my now brother-in-law, [my sister Felicity's husband] Stanley Tucci ... we all had a few drinks in New York," she recalled. "Colin seems to remember me being very demure and sweet and then said that he found me to be the complete opposite when we started working."
"When I wanted to work with Emily Blunt it was that Emily Blunt," Firth kidded, as Blunt laughed. "This respectful, sweet, rather composed [person] ... and I got this."
The two will show off their (pretty natural) comedic skills in "Arthur Newman" when it opens in limited release Friday.
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