Monday, December 16, 2013

Death Comes to Pemberley: Matthew Rhys on Darcy and billowing shirts

By Morgan Jeffery
Monday, Dec 16 2013, 4:00am EST

BBC One's 'Death Comes to Pemberley'

Get ready for a whole new Darcy - The Americans star Matthew Rhys plays literature's most iconic lover (sorry, Heathcliff) in BBC One's new three-part drama Death Comes to Pemberley.

Based on the novel by PD James, Death Comes to Pemberley is part Pride and Prejudice sequel, part murder-mystery and also stars Anna Maxwell Martin, Matthew Goode and Doctor Who's Jenna Coleman.

On set, Rhys opened up about stepping into Colin Firth's shoes - or rather donning his shirt - and reveals why his is a very different Darcy...

Matthew is slightly jealous of his co-star Matthew Goode...

"He's got it all - he's got the rock star looks, the rock star attitude, hollow legs, vast knowledge. He's like Stephen Fry - he knows something about everything... he actually knows a lot about everything.

"He's got that voice. He gets the accent for free - I feel like a complete fake. He's like Rik Mayall playing Flashheart."

Matthew was terrified of following Colin Firth as Darcy...

"It's sort of terrifying - I didn't realize the reaction would be so strong. The book and those characters mean such a great amount to so many people. They have this incredible connection and relationship with those characters, who they should be and how they should be played.

"Colin and Jennifer [Ehle] sort of nailed it. Matthew Macfadyen did brilliantly [in the 2005 film], but he was held up in comparison as well. It's scary to play those slightly iconic characters – the ones that people have that relationship with."

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