Will Dan move from Downton to Pemberley?
Fitzwilliam Darcy, one of the most famous romantic heroes in English literature, is making a comeback. The BBC will air an adaptation of the PD James novel Death Comes To Pemberley (a "sequel" to Pride And Prejudice), which sees Darcy and Elizabeth six years after their marriage and with two children.
It could also see a return to another period hunk, Dan Stevens, who may step into the role made famous in recent times by Colin Firth. According to yesterday's Sunday Times, Stevens is "a front-runner" to land the part...
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Now, y'all know how I'm a fan of Downton Abbey. Y'all know how Matthew Crawley is one of my favorite characters on the show. And y'all know how I thought Dan Stevens was the better Edward Ferrars in the 2008 Sense and Sensibility compared to Hugh Grant's in the 1995 Sense and Sensibility. So, y'all can assume that as an actor, I like Dan Stevens and I think that he's talented. (And I've said y'all more times in this paragraph than I usually do). Spoiler I still don't think he's making the right decision by leaving Downton (honestly, I'd be surprised if it lasts much longer), but overall, I like him. End of Spoiler
But Dan Stevens as Mr. Darcy? No. I don't think so.
Now, let's look at the definition of "haughty", shall we?
haugh·ty[haw-tee] Show IPA
adjective, haugh·ti·er, haugh·ti·est.
disdainfully proud; snobbish; scornfully arrogant; supercilious: haughty aristocrats; a haughty sales clerk.
Archaic. lofty or noble; exalted.
Looking at that definition, those words could be used to describe Mr. Darcy towards the beginning of Pride and Prejudice. He was snobbish and scornfully arrogant (remember how everyone in Meryton was disgusted with his pride). With Matthew, while he was proud and maybe a little arrogant towards the beginning of Downton Abbey, he was a) more pardonable and b) wasn't lofty (he didn't want to become aristocratic). Now, you could make the argument that by the end of Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Darcy's pride was softened, but still, there's that something in his character, that I don't think Dan Stevens has. And as for Dan Stevens's Edward Ferrars, that's in completely the other direction from both Mr. Darcy and Matthew Crawley.
But then, I could be wrong and he may do a decent job as Mr. Darcy (though I'll still insist not as good as Colin Firth).
What do you think? How do you think Dan Stevens will act as Mr. Darcy (if he gets the role, of course)? Leave a comment!