Colin Firth Almost Refused Mr. Darcy Role In Pride And Prejudice
Hollywood actor Colin Firth who soon became a household name after portraying the role of Mr. Darcy in the 1995 television adaption of Pride and Prejudice revealed that he almost refused the offer as he believed that there was nothing much for him in the BBC adaptation.
Firth was quoted as saying at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts on Tuesday night. “I couldn’t see there was anything to play because the character doesn’t speak most of the time. I thought this is just a guy who stands around for hours driving people to despair.”
Firth, 50 further added that no one was convinced that he could portray the role of Mr. Darcy except the producer of the show.
“The producer was the only person on the planet who was convinced that I could play the role. I was bombarded with pleas not to take the part. People said ‘no you can’t because he’s supposed to be sexy and dark’,” Firth said.
He concluded, “But if you read the book there is no physical description of him except that he is tall.”
The actor was nominated for best actor in the BAFTA Television Award for the show.