Another tie. Both of these men are wonderful as Darcy. Matthew brings an air of mystery and contempt to Darcy's natural pride. He is cold, distant and reserved. With Colin, we know that he likes Elizabeth from the start, so we are expecting his proposal when it comes. Not so with Matthew. His proposal comes as a shock given the fact that other than a few glances and touches, there is no indication that he feels anything but contempt for her. Another difference is the two actors different interpretations of Darcy's reaction to the Bennett's impropriety. Matthew's feelings are not very evident. He remains cold and distant in the face of the Bennett's silliness. But Colin is obviously mortified, giving us a sense of the pain it was for him to be around the family. Honestly, both of these actors portray Darcy beautifully, and I could watch either of them on any given day. (But between you and me, I prefer the foggy sunrise to the "wet shirt scene").
Tom Hollander ('05) vs. David Bamber ('95)
It's hard to choose a favorite Mr. Collins, because the character himself isn't easily likable. But I think that I will have to go with Tom Hollander. He plays Mr. Collins as an awkward, ridiculous twerp (and his height only adds to this impression). David plays him more as an in-your-face and rude kind of guy. I personally liked Tom's portrayal better. I found his Mr. Collins to be so utterly ridiculous and laughable, that he was almost charming. As for David's Mr. Collins, the word that my sister and I felt best described him was "disgusting". I couldn't even really laugh at him, I was so busy rolling my eyes and wrinkling my nose.