Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Firth vs Macfadyen

Like many Colin Firth fans, my first intro to him was by way of the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice as Mr. Darcy, a character he would not only be haunted by, but end up playing twice more.  (Bridget Jones's Diary and BJD Edge of Reason - where he played "Mark Darcy" in the modern remakes)

But it was Matthew Macfadyen in the 2005 version of P&P that sealed it for me.  Yes, I am one of those rare Jane Austen fans who liked the Macfadyen Darcy better.

And my Spudguns are asking where are you going with this today Miss Blood?and when are you bringing back the wrestling stuff?

Well, my faithful readers, my Spudguns, you know I've been hanging around a few new Austen sites, and can't get over the Team Firth  vs Team Macfadyen arguments.  That and whenever I go to mom's, I dig through the boxes of movies I have and take one with me.  I have been trying to get her to sit through even one Jane Austen, and so far the best I got was her sitting at her computer in Facebook glancing in the mirror every ten minutes while Jane Austen Book Club was in the dvd player.  Then out of nowhere asked me if I had any George Clooney movies.   I have one,  From Dusk till Dawn.   Then asked if I had any Brad Pitt (cue the total silence and crickets)  I have one, Interview with a Vampire (mother has never payed attention to the fact I can't stand Brad Pitt)
I do however have a nice selection of Hugh Grant films, (mother can't stand Hugh Grant) and Johnny Depp (mother can take Depp in tiny doses )

So what is it about certain actors that gets this sort of loyalty? 
And why does P&P get all the attention?   They even address it in JABC, where they divide up the books for the book club and P&P gets more air time then the others.  Mr. Darcy was never all that. (okay that's a rant for another time - yes I am Team Sense and Sensibility)