There will be no lake scene and no white shirt: Matthew Rhys says his Mr Darcy can't compete with Colin Firth's
Tuesday 06 August 2013
TV star Matthew Rhys has said he has no intention of competing with Colin Firth's smouldering portrayal of Mr Darcy when he appears in the role.
The 38-year-old Welsh actor will appear as Fitzwilliam Darcy in BBC1 drama Death Comes To Pemberley, an adaptation of PD James's sequel to Pride And Prejudice.
The King's Speech actor Firth, 52, acquired heartthrob status thanks to his performance as the aloof, romantic hero in the BBC's 1995 adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice.
Rhys, whose new drama tells the story of Elizabeth Bennet, played by Anna Maxwell Martin, and her husband six years after they married, admitted that "playing an iconic literary hero is always a little problematic".
He told the Radio Times: "Coupled with that, the fact that the aforesaid iconic literary figure has been immortalised by Academy Award-winner Colin Firth makes for a louder gulp."
He said his Mr Darcy would be "more mature" and "a family man", adding: "I can wholeheartedly say I won't be competing with Mr Firth emerging from a lake in a dripping white shirt - thankfully - because I don't think anyone can top him."
Last month, Firth's appearance as he emerged from a lake in Pride And Prejudice was named the most memorable moment in British TV drama.
Other actors who have played the role of Mr Darcy include Laurence Olivier in a 1940 film adaptation, and Spooks star Matthew Macfadyen in Joe Wright's big-screen adaptation in 2005.
Rhys, who is well known in the US thanks to TV roles in The Americans and Brothers & Sisters, said of playing an English gentleman: "Strangely, I find an American accent easier than a posh English one as I always feel a lot more of a fake playing RP (received pronunciation).
"I feel like I'm being Lord Snooty or that Harry Enfield character (Tim Nice-But-Dim)".
Rhys also hinted that he had no intention of settling down.
"My mates who are in LA with their families or girlfriends have one main consideration: where does it shoot and for how long?
"I don't have those considerations because I'm single. It's lucky in a way - that I'm a bit late starting a family - not that my mum's happy about it," he said.
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