Colin Firth once wrote ‘Fan Letter’ to ‘Favorite Darcy’ Matthew Macfadyen

It’s a universally recognized truth that all fans of Jane Austen’s classic novel “Pride and Prejudice” have an opinion on which film adaptation is superior: the 1995 miniseries or the 2005 movie.

For some, that opinion boils down to which lead actor was more compelling than the brooding, bumbling Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Colin Firth in 1995 or Matthew Macfady a decade later.

While the debate may never be fully resolved, Firth has weighed in with his most fiery take on the matter. He told Vanity Fair via email that he “finally got the character!” after seeing Macfadyen perform alongside Keira Knightley.

“I had to write a fan letter,” Firth said. “Definitely my favorite Darcy.”

The two ex-Darcys are co-stars in the upcoming World War II drama “Operation Mincemeat,” and their press tour has been a fest of mutual praise.

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