Just in time for Yuletide, two magical things happened. The first involved The Man Who Invented Christmas, a movie starring Dan Stevens as Charles Dickens, being released. The second is a tad more shameful but equally awesome. Spotify brought to my attention that Dan Stevens’ rendition of “Evermore,” from the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack, made it into my “Top 5 Most Played Tracks” of 2017. So, naturally, I had to sit down and think hard about Dan Stevens characters I love, because Beast and Charles Dickens are just two of them.
If I’m being honest, I first had to do a lot of reckoning. I thought long and hard about the many times I listened to “Evermore.” Some of those times involved a lot of scream-singing on my part. (This is the kind of singing you do while walking down the streets of Connecticut, blasting music from your phone). Other times involved a meerkat Snapchat filter…and a recording I was brave enough to tweet at Dan Stevens. (He saw/heard it). And you can, too:
— Nerd Girl Gaby (@gvanwelie) March 22, 2017
What I’m trying to say is, Dan Stevens has an effect on people, and it’s about darn time we showed some appreciation. Of course, I couldn’t just write about Dan and not call long-time fan Rachael. So, I’ve allowed her to share her thoughts, although I’m also very possessive about the Davids. (You’ll understand soon enough…)
So, let’s get to it. Shall we?
6 Dan Stevens Characters to Fall in Love With
1. Matthew Crawley (Downton Abbey)
Let’s start with the basics. Who doesn’t love a dapper man from the early 1900s who’s all about simplicity and is also…not that related to you? It does help that he’s charming and the actual heir to the estate you call home. I mean, who cares if you have to call him Cousin Matthew?
Friendly advice? Drop Downton riiight at Season 3, Episode 7 and don’t ask questions. I mean, you’ll keep watching because the show is damn good. But consider yourselves warned.
2. Tim (Colossal)
Tim is a nice, British, 21st-century dude. At the start of the film, he breaks up with his girlfriend Gloria (Anne Hathaway) for being a workaholic and an alcoholic. Now, before you write him off, you can tell the guy is genuinely hurt that his significant other keeps neglecting him and hurting herself in the process.
Even after breaking up in the hopes that it will serve as the ultimatum Gloria needs to get her life together, Tim continues to check up on her and is always available to lend an ear when she needs a friend. All I’m saying is, I’d date Tim in real life and always put him first.
3. David (The Guest)
R: Now, before you get all “But, Rachael! David is a murderer and a psychopath! A lot of innocent-ish people are brutally killed because of him! He gave a boy a knife to help deal with the bullies tormenting him rather than teaching him to confront them or tell an adult like a normal person!” on me, I want you to hear me out. Actually, I want you to take a look at the following photograph. Take a good…long… look…
Still with me? Excellent. What I’m trying to say is that we can’t really blame Anna for making a mix CD for David. We’d probably make one for him too if he was staying just down the hall. And then we’d wonder if we could maybe get the CD back after sh*t hit the fan.
4. David Haller (Legion)
R: Sure, Legion’s David Haller is a deeply troubled young man. But chances are you would be too if you spent most of your life diagnosed as schizophrenic when, in fact, you’re the insanely powerful son of beloved Marvel mutant, Charles Xavier.
It was the way David looked at Syd, a fellow mutant with a no-touching policy, that quickly won us over. If it’s possible for a person to have hearts fly out of their eyes a la Pepe le Pew, Dan has managed to perfect it for David.
5. The Beast / Prince Adam (Beauty and the Beast)
Is Dan Stevens a giant covered in fur for most of the movie? Yes. But the Beast (AKA Prince Adam) is, in Belle’s words “kind and gentle” and would never let his animal instincts hurt you. Unless he’s back in his human form and you ask him to grow a beard. In that case, he’ll release The Growl ™ and leave you hot and bothered for the next three years.
But all jokes aside, Beast is very well-read, a good dancer, and has the kind of self-deprecating humor that makes you both laugh and feel good about yourself in one fell swoop. And, although Aladdin is my favorite OG Disney Prince, the new and improved Beast can also show you the world. Through a map. None of that carpet ride nonsense.
6. Charles Dickens (The Man Who Invented Christmas)
I’m sure you’re familiar with Ebenezer Scrooge and his gang of spirits. You know, the three dudes that come knocking in the middle of the night to remind him he’s horrible and will die alone if he doesn’t repent in time for Christmas. Well, somebody had to write aforementioned, beloved A Christmas Carol. That man, ladies and gentlemen, is
Dan Stevens Charles Dickens.
Dan Stevens interprets the beloved British author, also known for novels Great Expectations and Oliver Twist to name a couple. The Man Who Invented Christmas follows a young Dickens trying to finish his Christmas tale in hopes of surviving crippling debt. Aside from Dan Stevens’ charmingness in this role, it is good to note that real Dan is also a literature man. Why? For starters, he majored in English literature at Cambridge and has recorded a bunch of audiobooks.
But Gaby, are those all the Dan Stevens characters out there?
Of course not, you silly goose! This isn’t a masterclass. It’s literally a, “Here, take six Dan Stevens characters you could fall in love with this holiday season.” It’s…in the title. These are just good places to start. Dan has a long track record of indie films worth checking out, as well as upcoming projects that keep rolling out every once in a while. Plus movies I didn’t mention, and small yet memorable roles like that of Dan as Lancelot in Night at the Museum.
So, happy Danning! (That sounds weird… My usual “Happy nerding!” just doesn’t seem to fit here).