Timothy Dalton as Edward Rochester-is the best Jane Eyre adaption in my opinion.
Favorite Mr. Rochester (actor)
By Lisa Marbly-Warir
Hello readers and fans of Jane Eyre, I’m pretty sure this subject has been done to death, but for any novel or movie we as fans like, we don’t mind discussing aspects of it for the umpteenth time. Anyone who has stumbled across blogs of mine should know by now that Jane Eyre is my all-time favorite novel. I don’t even think I can articulate why this book resonated with me. I read it for the first time as a teenager, on my own accord. Then I had to read it again (happily) in high school. I read it again in my 20s and even listened to it on audio-and may even read it again one last time. Do I seem obsessed? Maybe, but it’s been at least 20+ years since I’ve last read it, so I’m about due to read it again.
We all know the story of Jane, orphaned and left to fend for herself against a hateful aunt, and odious cousins who made her life hell, then being sent off to that awful boarding school where further emotional abuse took place-and finally landing the governess job at Thornfield Hall with Edward Rochester. He was a tortured soul-but he and Jane were somehow kindred spirits, each other’s equals. He wasn’t used to a woman, especially an unattractive one taking him to task.
So that leads me to the reason of this post-who was your favorite Edward Rochester? I’m going to be honest and petty; I have never liked any of the actors chosen to play Mr. Rochester. I used to wonder, if the people who cast the movie(s) took the time to even read his description-
His figure was enveloped in a
riding cloak, fur collared and steel clasped; its details were not
apparent, but I traced the general points of middle height and
considerable breadth of chest. He had a dark face, with stern
features and a heavy brow; his eyes and gathered eyebrows looked
ireful and thwarted just now; he was past youth, but had not reached
middle-age; perhaps he might be thirty-five. I felt no fear of him,
and but little shyness. Had he been a handsome, heroic-looking
young gentleman, I should not have dared to stand thus questioning
him against his will, and offering my services unasked. I had
hardly ever seen a handsome youth; never in my life spoken to one.
Quote from Jane Eyre courtesy of www.publicbookshelf.com
Were they emotionally invested in this book the way I was? I ask because, though by the description he was not a handsome man, but as Jane fell in love with him, he became handsome in her eyes and you the reader couldn’t wait to read what their interaction would be next. I remember many years ago, talking to a fellow reader at work and there was a PBS adaption of Jane Eyre and we were both in agreement that the actor used (in my coworkers words-“he was so ugly” I won’t say which actor because that’s not nice. But to answer the question I pose to you all, if I had to pick and I do this grudgingly, it would have to be Timothy Dalton. That adaption of Jane Eyre was the best in my opinion. What say you?
These are the actors who have played ER over the years (I’m sure there are more)
George C. Scott
Every last actor except for Timothy gets a heck no.
Now, you might ask, so then Lisa who then would YOU pick to play Mr. Rochester? Gerard Butler did a great job in the Phantom of the Opera or it would probably have to be an unknown; he would have to have thick black or at least dark hair and dark brooding, expressive eyes and a heavy brow.
Please note, this is just my opinion, I don’t lose sleep over this, I just thought this would be a fun question to pose.
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