Colin Firth and Matthew Macfadyen on the bromantic power of Two Mr. Darcys

Some viewers will tune in Operation hash, the movie set in World War II now streaming on Netflix, for its historical spy components. The film, named for the British deception operation it represents, features Colin Firth Y matthew macfadyen like the real-life men who pulled off a preposterous-sounding stunt. Born by British intelligence officer (and future James Bond creator) Ian Fleming (johnny flynn), the operation to fool Hitler involved planting forged documents on a corpse in Allied uniform.

There are others, however, who might tune into the historical drama for another reason entirely: It features two handsome English actors beloved for playing Jane Austen’s eternal romantic hero, Mr. Darcy. Firth, of course, took the honors in the 1995 BBC six-part classic. pride and prejudice. (He also played a modernized version of Darcy in the The diaryof Bridget Jones movies.) Macfadyen, meanwhile, took on the role in 2005 joseph wright–opposite directed adaptation Keira Knightleyis Elizabeth Bennett.

The Darcys join in Operation hash, directed by John Madden (Shakespeare in Love, the best exotic Marigold hotel) and based on ben macintyreThe homonymous book. They also perform two points of a love triangle that also involves a typist played by Kelly McDonald. However, during press rounds, Macdonald noted that “the real romance” of the production was happening platonically off-screen between her male co-stars. Firth himself confirmed this at the London premiere, when he dryly told a reporter: “Yes, we fell in love somehow, bromantically.”

Macfadyen and Firth in Operation hash.By Giles Keyte/Courtesy of See-Saw Films and Netflix.

So what was it that lit the fire of their friendship?

“Shallow talk, really,” says Firth vanity fair on a Zoom meeting him, in Los Angeles, with Macfadyen in London. “Wasn’t it like that, mostly? A tendency to wear the same clothes.”

“Yeah, showing up in the same clothes,” Macfadyen agrees, deadpan. “He came dressed as Colin, and vice versa.”

Firth laughs at the image.

“And inevitably,” Macfadyen continues, “if you spend years and years in the business, you accumulate a lot of acquaintances and shared colleagues, and therefore that leads to a lot of gossip.”

“Well, I think we made each other laugh,” says Firth.

“That’s true,” confirms Macfadyen.

“It’s very exciting when you find yourself giggling and you can make a joke, which isn’t very good, and you’re getting [a good response]says Firth. “Matthew is a pretty easy crowd.”

“Maybe your jokes are better,” admits Macfadyen.

“Also, we remember the movie with a bit of a clouded nostalgia, because there was no COVID yet,” says Firth, explaining that the Darcys formed a happy, maskless gang with Macdonald, Flynn and their co-star. penelope wilton while filming. “This was the last thing we did before all that started.”

Returning to the topic at hand, he says: “Sometimes it’s just an instinctive ease. This was not a blind date. We had a project to do. So I think a lot of things can come from just having this common effort.”

However, did you compare notes on how to play Darcy?

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