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Firth: Eric Lomax's experience 'beyond comprehension'

2 December 2013 Last updated at 10:25 GMT

Colin Firth has described the experience of British Army officer Eric Lomax in World War II as "beyond comprehension".

The actor plays the role of Lieutenant Lomax - who died in 2012 at the age of 93 - in his new film The Railway Man.

Lt Lomax's arms were broken, his ribs were cracked and he was waterboarded - years before the term was coined - by his Japanese captors, and suffered from post traumatic stress for decades afterwards.

Speaking to the Today programme's Sarah Montague, Colin Firth said: "As a personal story, I don't know how to estimate the kind of courage that (Eric Lomax) displayed."

"I had a very strong feeling that perhaps it was time this story was told," he added.

First broadcast on the Today programme on Monday 2 December.

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