Science gets in the way of your Mr Darcy fantasies

Why? Why would science do this to us?

The site of actor Colin Firth in his wet white top in Pride & Predijuce is for many the iconic, and steamy, portrayal of Jane Austin’s Mr Darcy.

While the image of him emerging from the water has put a few smiles on faces, one professor is suggesting that Mr Darcy would look nothing like that.

The University College London professor of Modern English Literature, John Sutherland worked closely with Queen Mary University of London professor of early modern history, Amanda Vickery, to rain on a lot of people’s fantasies.

Mr Darcy, according to the experts, would have been slighter with a build more of a male ballet dancer.  He would have long hair with a pointed face.  They even had some drawings made up.

A far cry from what Firth was in the film.  However, who’s to let science get in the way of a dreamy dramatisation.  Out with the science and more of Colin Firth.

What do you think?  Do you fancy the “real” Mr Darcy or Colin Firth?  What about the many other actors that played the role?  Do you have a different picture in your head of the character?  We would love to read what you think in the comments down below.

  1. Julie Brown  

    Science be damned, leave Mr Darcy alone. We all know Colin Firth is, was, Mr Darcy. Will always be. Any he just came up out of the dam remember, so of course he would be a little fly-away all the pomade would have washed out of his prim strait locks 🙂

  2. Julie Anne Carey  

    Colin Firth is fantastic in any role he plays. Who cares what the real Mr. Darcy would have looked like. Pride And Prejudice with Colin Firth is THE best version of this movie.

  3. Mrs. Puddles  

    I just loved the version of Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth in it.

    Appearance doesn’t count for much – i.e. beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If Miss Elizabeth Bennet found him ‘attractive’ – well and good – but she was a sensible woman who sought more endearing qualities. Me, I’m happy to be entertained by Colin Firth – but as a lifetime partner? Not in the hunt!

  4. Linda Roscoe  

    That would be the ‘sight’ of Colin Firth, unless you are talking about the lake.

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