I’m having a fan girl moment. Forgive me, but I can’t hold it back any longer. I adore actor Matthew MacFadyen. Not just because he’s gorgeous…or because his voice is so rich and deep and…British. That’s all wonderful, but what I really really love about him is that he is a man not afraid of the period drama.
It all started in 1998 when he starred as Hareton Earnshaw in Wuthering Heights. Then he did it again by tackling the iconic role of Mr. Darcy in the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice. In this movie, I thought he would underwhelm after Colin Firth’s beloved Darcy portrayal in 1995. I don’t know about other Austenites, but I saw Matthew give Colin a run for the Pemberley crown!
More recently, Matthew gave period fans more to fawn over by starring as Arthur Clennam in the adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Little Dorritt and signed on to play Athos for the upcoming 2011 version of The Three Musketeers. This year he even took a turn as a villain by portraying the Sheriff of Nottingham against Russell Crow’s title character in Robin Hood. I’m looking forward to watching the mini-series Pillars of the Earth in which he plays Prior Philip. If all this weren’t reason enough to love Matthew MacFadyen, there’s this. The man recites Shakespeare….
Dear Lord, if only he’d been my literature professor. I wouldn’t have learned a thing, but going to class would’ve been my top priority!
Ok, weak moment's over. Thank you, Cozies, for letting me get that off my chest. I feel so much better now. If there are any other MacFadyen fans out there, shout it out! I know I’m not alone :)