Admit it - we just can't get enough of Mr Darcy, can we? Maria Grazia of My Jane Austen Book Club has a few new ones for you to meet. Enjoy... ;)
Meet the Latest Darcys
by guest blogger Maria Grazia
Daniel Vincent Gordh
Daniel came to the fore as Mr Darcy in the brilliant Youtube modernization of Pride and Prejudice, “The LizzieBennet Diaries”. He didn’t appear on screen before episode 60, but when he did, you really couldn’t ignore his gorgeous presence and wondered whether what you’d been hearing from the other characters – especially Lizzie - about him could actually be true. The chemistry between
Daniel Vincent Gordh and Ashley Clemens ( Lizzie ) did magic. Have you seen the series? Did you like it?
I’ve watched and re-watched episode 98 quite a few times now and I must admit it is my best favourite. Darcy and Lizzie are so sweet and cute … I know, you're right: I'm helplessly romantic!
To discover more about Daniel and his career, check his imdb page and follow him on twitter or facebook.
This is what he answered to the question “How did you approach the character of Darcy?”
I read the complete works of Austen at University and Darcy made a big impact on me - I always thought he was quite fun. But it's a big challenge to show the strength and warmth underneath his very austere outlook on things. So it's very much a role of subtlety and repression, more than of heartfelt wailing.
When asked about the wet white shirt David joked:
If I had a pound for every time I've been asked that in the past few months, I'd be very wealthy indeed! We have been joking that if it rains I'll take off my jacket and attempt to recreate it.
(more in this interview)
Unfortunately, no chances to see David Oakes as Mr Darcy for now, since the stage production has just wrapped up, but if you live in the States you have the chance to see him in action as George of Clarence in The White Queen, the historical drama set in the War of the Roses which is now on Starz.
Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James. The mini-series is being filmed at present and should premiere around Christmas 2013 on BBC One. It’ll be aired by PBS in the States.
Matthew Rhys is a talented and versatile Welsh actor who has already worn elegant 19th century costumes before: he was John Jasper in the 2012 adaptation of Dickens’s Edwin Drood and John /Johnny in The Scapegoat based on Daphne Du Maurier’s novel. His most popular roles are Philip Jennings in the TV series The Americans or Kevin Walker in Brothers & Sisters.
“There will be no lake scene and no white shirt” , Matthew Rhys says, his Mr Darcy can't compete with Colin Firth's! (read this interview)
For more Matthew Rhys on imdb.
Hello there! My name is Maria Grazia. I live in a small town near Rome. I've been a teacher of English to Italian students for a long time now and a blogger for 5 years. I love classic literature, reading, theatre, period drama and movies, art and that is what I usually write about on FLY HIGH and My Jane Austen Book Club.
I wanted my little Jane Austen corner in the blogosphere, My Jane Austen Book Club, to support my real life Jane Austen reading club. I was so happy and excited when I was chosen as the moderator of a reading group at the public library in my town in a project to read Jane Austen’s six major novels one each month from January to June 2010. It was inspired to the movie “The Jane Austen Book Club”, which I had loved.
My Jane Austen Book Club is now about 4 years old (started on January 16th, 2010) and goes on growing. I’ve added a daily twitter paper to it (The Everything Austen Daily) and a facebook page.
I hope you’ll have a great time in this Austen in August event! And many thanks to brilliant host, Misty for having me!