Today was filled with all kinds of mundane housework. Including moving the couch to vacuum underneath and now I find myself with a twinging lower back. So I’m snuggled up on the sofa trying to give my poor back a break. Naturally I have my trusty laptop with me, so I’ve been responding to comments and browsing the internet.
The most interesting thing I’ve come across–apart from the Pope’s resignation–is that Dan Stephens is in the running to play Mr. Darcy in a sequel to Pride and Prejudice. Now, I like Dan Stephens a lot as an actor. Matthew Crawley was one of my favorite characters on Downton Abbey and he made an excellent Edward Ferrars in Sense and Sensibility. But I just cannot for the life of me picture him as Mr. Darcy!
First of all, it bothers me when actors portray more than one Austen hero. Something about the Austen universe in my head gets distorted when say, Johnny Lee Miller is not only Edmund Bertram, but also Mr. Knightley. But it is more than that. Darcy is more or less the stuff of legend. There are a lot of elements that go into making Darcy Darcy. The way he carries himself, the aura he projects, his manner of talking and interacting with others, and yes the way he looks.
So for me, Dan Stevens fails my Darcy test immediately. He just doesn’t look like a Darcy. But also, I can’t see him embodying the spirit of this beloved character. Even if this is a sequel.
So on to the other supposed candidates for the role: Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Matthew Goode and Hugh Dancy.
As with Dan Stephens, once again I just cannot picture any of these actors filling the shoes of Darcy even though I enjoy all of their work. Granted, I have pretty high standards and no, Matthew McFadden did not meet them. I actually think Tom Hiddleston comes closest to being the right choice out of those suggested. And no, that isn’t just because he’s my fangirl bit on the side. I can see him carrying himself and speaking as Darcy would. But as with the others, he once again doesn’t look anything like how I picture Darcy.
When I started racking my brain for actors I thought would be fit to play Darcy, the only one that came to mind was Henry Cavill. In my humble opinion the man has both the acting chops and the right look for the role.
So what do you think? Dan Stephens? Or maybe Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Matthew Goode or Hugh Dancy? My suggestion of Henry Cavill? Or do they need to keep looking until they find the perfect Darcy? Is there someone you think would make a perfect Darcy?
*Oh, and for the record I have not read Death Comes to Pemberley. Has anyone read it? And would you recommend it as a good read?