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Bridget Jones’ Diary series author Helen Fielding admitted that one of the most difficult parts of writing the third book Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, was telling Colin Firth, who portrays Mark Darcy in the film adaptations, that his character would be dying.
During an interview with the Today Show’s Jenna Bush Hager, Fielding said when she called Firth to tell him it felt like someone had actually died.
"The hardest thing was calling up Colin Firth to tell him," she said.
"And it was one of the strangest conversations of my life because I had to ask if he had someone with him, if he was sitting down, and it was literally as if someone really had died. Then we sort of started laughing because they hadn't."
It was revealed in an excerpt published in the Sunday Times that Darcy would die in the third book and fans showed their outrage on Twitter. Jones is now 50 and a widowed mother of two.
“With someone like Bridget -- you have a choice. Either you keep carrying on doing the same thing over and over again or it means something really important to you and you wait until you're ready and have something important to say again,” she explained.
Fans can expect to see Daniel Cleaver, played by Hugh Grant in the films, back in the third book. He actually "turned out to be a pretty good guy."