Damn Your Bawdy Boldness, Darcy!

IT was perhaps a little embarrassing to learn that the British producers of the latest “Pride and Prejudice” released a different ending for American audiences: a swoony moonlit scene of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy in dishabille, kissing and cooing in a post-coital clinch.
It was as if NASA had prepared an international mission to Mars and felt a need to lace the Russians’ Tang with vodka.

Gasp and Grope ~ Austen, American-style. (I didn’t read where Mr. Bingley got any extra action, though. He must have been busy trolling online.) And I guess we’ve infected the homeland with more than just fast-food:

And Austen fans in England who got wind of the American version were incensed that they had been denied a final kiss.

10 Responses to “Damn Your Bawdy Boldness, Darcy!”

  1. Donnah says:

    My friend went to it and said she had come home and immediately watch the A&E version to wipe the memory of Donald Sutherland from her brain.

  2. Donald Sutherland. Is that like beyond creepy, or what? Mr. Bennet is…oh, never mind. Suffice to say, he’s notNOT…Donald Sutherland. But, of course, Keira Knightly (a fine cockney girl) with her Winona Ryder/”Dracula” upper class English accent is not Eliza Bennet either.

  3. Mr. Bingley says:

    My bride said that she could tell it was going to be awful simply by the poses the cast took in the ad she saw, so we most assuredly are not going to darken a theater where it’s playing.

  4. John says:

    Donald Sutherland’s last great role was Oddball.

  5. Nightfly says:

    Yeah, the world wasn’t exactly crying out for a new Pride and Prejudice, especially one with such an ending with Darcy and Elizabeth. Especially curious, considering the utter horror every character shows towards Fitzsimmons and Elizabeth’s youngest sister.
    (Did they read the book before filming it?)

  6. Mr. Bingley says:

    George Wickham, I believe you mean, ‘Fly

  7. (OOOoooh, scoundrely, simpering man. Wickham = ::boo hiss boo::)

  8. Mr. Bingley says:

    Wickham…a gamester. How horrible!

  9. Nightfly says:

    Drat, yeah, it was Wickham. Should have remembered that. (And I think the other dude was Fitzwilliam, so I’m just going to fall silent here for a while…)

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