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Oscar-winning actor Colin Firth has pulled out of voicing the upcoming Paddington film.

The King's Speech star said he had been unable to find the right voice for the Peruvian bear.

"After a period of denial, we've chosen 'conscious uncoupling'," Firth said in a statement, referencing the term Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin made famous when they separated in March.

Based on the books by Michael Bond, the film is due to be released in November.

"It's been bittersweet to see this delightful creature take shape and come to the sad realisation that he simply doesn't have my voice," Firth told Entertainment Weekly.

"I've had the joy of seeing most of the film and it's going to be quite wonderful. I still feel rather protective of this bear and I'm pestering them all with suggestions for finding a voice worthy of him."
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