Monday, October 24, 2005

The appeal of Colin Firth

Apropos the current movie version of Pride and Prejudice, the ubiquitous Peter Craven remarked tonight on Vulture that men, gay or straight, just can't see what it is about Colin Firth that makes women's blood pressure go up.

Pausing only to ask (a) how big Craven's sample was, and (b) whether he ever actually SAW the scene of Firth as Mr Darcy emerging dripping wet from the pond in his Regency underwear, I'd say it's to do with the message Firth is projecting. That message was written for women. It's being projected to women. And if men can't see it, it's because they were never intended to.

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