Colin Firth: Mr. Darcy AND Mr. Bennett?

When we think of Mr. Darcy, he is often indelibly linked to the BBC mini-series version played by Colin Firth. Even if you’ve never seen the mini-series (and if you haven’t, um, why not?), you still think of Mr. Firth as Mr. Darcy.

The "pride" of Pride & Prejudice

The “pride” of Pride & Prejudice

I find it interesting that his character in Nanny McPhee puts him in a different Pride and Prejudice-esque role: that of Mr. Bennett.

nanny

Not seeing it?

Well, let’s see:

  • neglectful of his children (of whom he has too many & for whom he cannot provide)? Check!
Bennett

Um.. which kid is this again?

  • pondering marriage to a woman who has a questionable amount of intelligence, and is, at the least, very, very annoying? Check!
Kids, I may be ashamed of her, but I need to get laid.

Kids, I may be ashamed of her, but I need to get laid.

  • Educated enough to know better? Check!

educated

So in a way, Colin Firth got to be the hot, sexy guy everyone loves and the father-in-law most of us don’t bother to notice is kind of an asshole.

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