“I really enjoyed all the dancing stuff with Matthew. It was really odd, I thought I was going to completely hate it and then you kind of accept that you´re going to be there all day and it´s going to be difficult and it was really, really lovely. So I enjoyed that a lot.”
“Pride and prjeudice” on set diaries.
“Colin Firth I think was a bit daunting. I never talked to Matthew Macfadyen about it. I mean was a hard act to follow, he set a million, billion female bosoms heaving!! I know people watch that video again and again and again. Ours is just a different Mr. Darcy and he´s absolutely extraordinary. A lot of the people involved in the film hadn´t seen the TV adaptation so I don´t think they were inhibited or daunted as much as I was, because I´d seen it.
I gave a homage to Colin Firth secretly. When I have to write a letter, the letter that Darcy´s painting is saying that `being unable to sleep, I got up early and went out to the lake and I was just about to tear off my shirt and dive into the water when the arrival of a gamekeeper puts an end to such foolishness´. I had Matthew writing that as a little homage.
I think the two things can co-exit, that was eight years ago. There´s a whole new generation and our Darcy is MY Darcy. So he´s wonderful.”
(Deborah Moggach, Screenwriter)
Even Mr. Darcy needs some make-up.
“Judi Dench, I adored watching. I was sitting at that dinner table, in Rosings, and thinking: `This is great !´.”
The would-be lip lock after so much bickering? Knightley says the idea was hatched not by “Pride and prejudice” director Joe Wright but well before filming began, when she and Macfadyen met in an audition room.
“I did the scene with all of the guys who were up for Darcy, because I was cast before we found Mr. Darcy. It wasn’t in the script at all. But as we were doing the scene, it just so happened that it felt right to do, right at the end. So we went through the scene, and we did it really, really quickly. We were literally in each other’s faces. And then we both went in for a kiss, and went out. There was complete silence in the room. And he was cast straight after that.”
Matthew Macfadyen talks about the etiquette of Jane Austen’s period.
“This is a film about love. It was made by a group of people who believed passionately in the story they were telling. Pride and prejudice is a true story and that´s why, like a fairytale, it´s a story worth telling again and again through the generations. On behalf of all our cast and crew I hope you enjoy watching our film as much as we enjoyed making it.”
(Joe Wright, Director)