I loved Hugh Jackman in ‘Australia’, in ‘Kate and Leopold’ and as Curly in Oklahoma.
But Wolverine? No thanks!
Even as a child, I preferred stories about ‘real’ people, and not ‘fairy’ stories. I have absolutely no interest in ‘fantasy’ in the strictest sense of the word. Most of the paranormal beings are, to me anyway, the stuff of nightmares, not of romance.
I don’t like ‘bad boys’ either. Never liked Heathcliffe, for example, or the ‘Byronic’ type of anti-hero. Maybe Mr Rochester in ‘Jane Eyre’ is also an anti-hero – keeps his wife locked up, pretends to be engaged to one of his lady friends to make Jane jealous, and then attempts to marry Jane bigamously? What a jerk! But we see him only through Jane’s eyes so can empathise (and sympathise) with her.
What about Mr Darcy then? Supposedly women’s favourite fictional icon, whereas really he was a dominant patriarchal male. Forget Colin Firth clambering from lake in wet shirt (on second thoughts, though, maybe I will keep that image in my mind!). But Darcy was moody, overbearing, repressed and patronising. In the 1940’s Laurence Olivier played a very ‘buttoned-up’ Mr Darcy and no-one swooned over him. My guess is that those who drool over Darcy have never actually read the book, but are simply drooling over the devastatingly sexy Mr Firth! And that gives me the chance to put up a picture of him, not the famous lake scene, but the smouldering look as he watched Elizabeth playing the piano – whoa, definitely a ‘stop the DVD, rewind and replay’ moment!
However, I digress. I’m supposed to be writing about my favourite hero, and not Colin Firth. But – hold on a minute, maybe I can still talk about Mr Firth. In ‘Bridget Jones’ Diary’ he plays the modern equivalent of Mr. Darcy (great casting there!). He’s reserved and awkward but ‘nice’, while Hugh Grant plays Daniel Cleaver, the modern equivalent of George Wickham, a shallow but sexy charmer.
Which was my favourite hero? Without getting into the whole alpha/beta discussion again, I have to say it’s the reserved but nice one, of course, who proves to have more far strength of character than the sexy charmer, and more sex appeal too!
Now THAT’s my kind of hero!