Before Ryan Gosling came around to sweep us off our feet by breaking up fights and taking off his shirt all the time, there was Mr. Darcy. The archetypical dark, handsome dreamboat, Mr. Darcy is the ultimate romantic’s fantasy guy. Those deep, brooding eyes, that unbridled passion, that need to be fixed, that house: What’s not to love? And Colin Firth fills those untamed sideburns and ruffled collars perfectly. In honor of the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, take a moment to revel in Mr. Darcy’s ardent gaze and picture yourself giving that gentleman a piece of your, er … mind.
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