If You Like Jane Austen Movies, Today Is Your Weird, Lustful Christmas
If you enjoy the works of Jane Austen as represented on screen, prepare for all your weird Janeite fantasies to come true thanks to fiberglass and TV's Felicity.
Firstly: Recognize that ten-foot-long torso draped only in damp cloth? Well, it's supposed to (mostly) be a giant Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. The sexy, sexless behemoth lives an agonizing existence from only from the waist up, and is reportedly if not visually based largely on Firth's portrayal of Darcy in the BBC's 1995 adaptation. It's currently afloat in Hyde Park's Serpentine Lake to promote the Drama network, a new UK channel dedicated exclusively to stuff like Pride & Prejudice and 12-foot-high legless gentlemen. The statue is scheduled to later do a traveling show in other bodies from which a huge Colin Firth could emerge, then finally get installed semi-permanently in Northwest England's Lyme Park, where the actor was originally doused. It stays there until February, when it will be ritualistically set adrift and burned with Firth inside.
Second: Here's a trailer for Austenland, a romantic-comedy written and directed by Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess's wife and frequent collaborator, Jerusha. It stars Keri Russell as an Austen fanatic who attends some sort of Austen fantasy camp where everyone does Regency-era roleplaying. The film also features Jane Seymour, Jennifer Coolidge, Bret McKenzie, as well as a life-sized cardboard cut-out of Darcy, so you can continue admiring discomforting Firth effigies for just a little while longer.