Giant Statue of Colin Firth as Mr. DarcyDavid Parry/AP

What would Jane Austen do?

A strange promotion in Hyde Park, London, makes bold use of a soggy-looking Colin Firth to promote a new TV channel. More accurately, UKTV has erected a 12-foot statue of Colin Firth dressed as Mr. Darcy from "Pride and Prejudice" to promote a new channel called Drama.

Any Austen fan worth her bonnet knows that Firth starred in the 1995 TV miniseries version of the Austen romance, alongside Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet. The scene where Mr. Darcy takes a dip in a lake with all his clothes on, then soon after encounters Ms. Bennet when he's all disheveled and cute, is one of the most memorable in the canon of Austen adaptations, even though it's not actually in the book itself. The scene was filmed in Lyme Park, Cheshire, which is where the statue will make its home after a wet-'n'-wild tour around the United Kingdom.

As the Guardian points out, the statue is just one of many peppering London that pay tribute to characters like Paddington Bear, Peter Pan, and Sherlock Holmes, though this one has to be the largest -- and strangest -- addition to the collection.

Appropriately enough, the trailer for "Austenland" came out yesterday, featuring Keri Russell as exactly the sort of Austen fan who would swoon over a giant Mr. Darcy. Surely, she's not the only one.

[via Guardian UK, THR]
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