Revellers walking around Hyde Park were bemused to be confronted with a 12ft statue of Pride and Prejudice’s romantic hero Mr. Darcy today.
Part of a publicity stunt for a new TV Chanel called Drama, a seemingly soaked statue of the Jane Austen character stands submerged in The Serpentine. It is based on the BBC’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel and was commissioned after a poll found that it was regarded as the most memorable British drama moment of all time. Oscar winner Colin Firth played the brooding Mr. Darcy in the famed 1995 version.
Toby Crowther, lead sculptor on the project, said: “We took Colin Firth’s famous lake scene as a starting point for creating Mr Darcy but we also read the book and looked at performances of the brooding hero by Matthew Macfadyen, David Rintoul and even Laurence Olivier.
“The challenge for us was capturing the spirit of Darcy as handsome and noble but also aloof and proud. The Mr Darcy sculpture is a real mix of the many portrayals of Jane Austen’s most famous hero.”
The statue will stay on display in Hyde Park before eventually being transfered to its permanent home in Lyme Park in Cheshire, where the scene was filmed.
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