"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of giant fiberglass statue of himself in a lake."
Let's be honest, Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" would've been much better if it started that way. Alas, Austen's classic love story didn't have the foresight of UKTV.
The British TV station has erected a 12-foot fiberglass statue of Colin Firth as the proud Mr. Darcy in the middle of the Serpentine, a popular lake in Hyde Park, London, as both advertisement and public art.
The reasoning behind turning Firth's iconic portrayal from the popular 1995 BBC adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice" into what may come off as "Mr. Darcy From The Black Lagoon" is to promote UKTV's new channel, Drama. The statue is also celebrating the 200th anniversary of the book itself.
"We're very pleased with his appearance," UKTV General Manager Adrian Willis told UK's Guardian newspaper. "We've got a wet shirt on him, we've got sideburns."
That's not all, however. The statue will also be going on tour around England, most likely terrifying local swimmers and swans before finally being placed in its permanent location of Lyme Park, Cheshire, where the iconic scene it's re-creating from the miniseries was shot.
The statue, which is the size of a double decker bus, took three men more than two months to construct.
"Well, it's something new because things change very slowly here, so it's quite stimulating," said one swimmer who paddled by the giant 19th century man of manners. "I think it's quite wonderful actually. Fairly surreal."
No word yet on whether there any plans for a 12-foot fiberglass Ms. Bennet to match.
Bonus: A hilarious and slightly terrifying ITN report on the making of Firth-zilla: