But actually this just made the scene hotter for many female viewers. But Colin, then 33, brought something very special to the role.On set his fellow actors were mesmerised by the way he could convey so much by apparently doing so little.
Jane Austen’s 1813 book centres on Lizzy Bennet, her four sisters, and their mother’s attempts to marry them off to well-to-do gentlemen, including Charles Bingley, who’s just moved into the local Netherfield estate, and his friend Mr Darcy.
When I arrived the last slab was still in place but I was told there was no need to move it.
Colin overheard this and intervened, saying nobly that he would take special care to avoid surfacing too late and hitting the slab.’Against the director’s better instincts filming commenced, but ‘all too predictably the momentum of Colin’s initial dive took him further than he’d calculated, so he rose to the surface beneath the slab, hitting the metal support crossbar with a sickening thud – right on the bridge of his nose. ‘A series of scenarios flashed through my head – the producer Sue Birtwistle would give me the sack, shut down filming, recast Darcy and reshoot while Colin had his nose reconstructed.’ In fact, by some miracle, the collision wasn’t as bad as was feared.
‘It was very innovative for its time,’ says Andrew, who wrote scenes set in the Bennet girls’ bedrooms or showing people getting dressed or taking a bath.
‘There was very much a kind of young, physical, funny, sexy vibe to it.