Pride and Prejudice and Zombies features Jane Austen’s heroine, Elizabeth Bennet, in a whole new light: a badass battling the undead in 19th-century England.
But at the heart of the upcoming film adaptation
of Seth Grahame-Smith’s 2009 novel is the love story between Elizabeth and the aloof Mr. Darcy. So, ET sat down with some of the stars of PPZ
-- Douglas Booth, Matt Smith, and Jack Huston -- to talk about real-life romance.
Booth plays the romantic Mr. Bingley in the film, a part he’s been accustomed to playing (he starred as Romeo in the 2013 adaptation of Romeo and Juliet). However, the 23-year-old British actor revealed to ET that, despite being a self-described “massive romantic,” he still doesn’t believe at love at first sight.
“How can you fall in love with someone by complete aesthetic?” he asked, prompting disbelief and shock from his “old romantic” co-stars.
“It's not just about aesthetic,” Smith protested. “It’s the energy and the connection.”
“I do think it's a funny thing because Romeo is love at first sight, that is the one moment which is written in history and solidified. That was love at first sight, the moment he laid his eyes on her,” Huston added, later joking, “To be honest it never would have lasted.”
The actors clammed up, however, when it came to revealing the most romantic thing they’ve ever done for a woman in real life.
“It would be completely inappropriate to tell you,” Booth joked, remaining mum.
Huston was similarly tight-lipped, though he dropped some provocative hints: “It's incredibly graphic and the entire speech would be censored.”
Smith, who traveled through space and time as the Eleventh Doctor on Doctor Who, said his most romantic feat might be “floating around the world for one day,” traveling for 12 hours in both directions just to see his special someone for a few moments.
“It's either romantic or desperate!” he said with a laugh.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies hits theaters Feb. 5.