Fug or Fab the Temporary (We Think) Makeover: Dan Stevens


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Okay, y’all, let’s discuss Matthew Crawley.

Here he is as we all remember him: blonde hair, baby blues, slight smirk, Man Most Likely To Start Talking About Boring Modernization of Estate Management, Man Whose Career Decisions Doused The Burning Loins Of An Easily Embittered World.

And here he is now, thanks to another career decision to play a heroin dealer:

So yeah, the dye job and the facial hair and whatnot are character tools, but the shock value is still the same. He has the eyes, still, but a more devilish gleam. Lady Mary Crawley would take one look at him and ask who he tied to the train tracks last night. And then perhaps proffer Edith if he’d yet to pick someone.

Which do you like better?

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Comments (70):

  1. Sara
    +22

    The dark hair makes his eyes even more amazing. But I’d be just fine with either version. :)

  2. MKKS
    +47

    … “and after Jonathan Rhys Meyers turn down the part, ingenious producers with an eye for look-alikes called Dan Stevens and had him dye his hair. Job done.”

  3. Amy
    +5

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. I generally like skinny, dirty-looking dudes, but that mustache is just plain skeevy. Get it out.

  4. Carol Hackler
    +2

    Johnathan Rhys Meyers! I’m gobsmacked!

  5. Stefanie
    +5

    I have not idea who this man is, but I would like to get the know dark haired version of him.

  6. Helen
    +2

    The brows should be darkened a tad as well IMO – without that, he still kinda looks like a blond trying to be a brunet – but I love what the dark hair does for his eyes. They sparkle.

  7. Cyd
    +15

    Would love to see the brunette version sans moustache. Slightly less melodrama, even more (I’m guessing) of the sexy.

    • Rachael
      +3

      Agreed, Cyd. The moustache doesn’t do it for me. But I think I’d like the dark-haired version without it.

  8. Alma
    +2

    I just realized…he looks like Nick Carter’s long lost cousin! In both pics!

  9. TLT
    +7

    He’s lost weight as well, which helps alleviate the slightly plump, school boy look. Have to admit, I’m liking the dark.

  10. Rayna
    +16

    I don’t care!

    Crackers…….bed………something about ………..crumbs……….not throwing out…………..

    Yeah, that.

  11. qwertygirl
    +11

    Part of my problem with Matthew is that he was really good looking on Downton, but still photos don’t seem to do him justice. To really make an informed decision, I’d have to see heroin-dealer Matthew in action.

  12. Lynne
    0

    Jonathan Rhys Myers! I’ve been trying to figure out who dark haired Matthew reminds me of for two days now. Well, they obviously need to play brothers in something right after he wraps the heroin dealer movie.

  13. Lynne
    +18

    By the way, do you think it bothers Dan Stevens that we will never use his actual name again and will refer to him as Cousin Matthew basically until the end of time?

    • qwertygirl
      +1

      I’m quite sure that’s why he left the show. He could see the writing on the wall. He’s hoping we’ll forget about Cousin Matthew. I’m afraid it will never happen.

      • Karen
        +4

        Too late. The first line of his obituary – if not the headline – will include the words “Matthew Crawley.” Sorry, dude. You can run but you can’t hide.

        • Elizabeth in SF
          +6

          What he needs is a really good scandal that will wipe out the memory of Cousin Matthew.

          I’d be happy to oblige that requirement.

          You can order a trapeze online, right? I’ll have to see if the handyman can relocate the bedroom chandelier a few feet to the left for proper trapeze installation…’Cuse me, must go make a phone call.

      • Jessica
        +22

        COUSIN MATTHEW FOREVER

    • Katie
      +19

      He’s about as likely to avoid it as Colin Firth is likely to no longer be referred to as Mr Darcy.

  14. pidget
    +9

    Yowza! I always found Cousin Matthew sort of pudding-y and not really my sort. But slimline villain (aside from scruffy facial hair) now we’re talking! What a difference the jawline makes.

    • Leelee
      +2

      I’m with you 100% – he always put me a little bit in mind of a cherub, all blonde and soft looking. Frankly, Isis always pulled off the cuddly blonde look much more effectively.
      I’m not even putting the scruffy facial hair aside (I mean it’s not GREAT but I don’t want to kill myself over it), this is my favourite look of his.

    • Josephine
      0

      This, exactly. He’s always been entirely too raw-custard in appearance and manner to leave me feeling anything but resoundingly lukewarm. I’ve appreciated his acting, but, sorry, he looked like a rich schoolkid with a flimsy sense of the physical realities of the world. Version 2.0 looks fully cooked and very pleasing, though I could live with different facial hair choices.

  15. Breda
    0

    It’s long bothered me that his brassy highlights were so noticeable on Downton, especially given the setting, but this was not the right fix. I don’t mind the dark hair – it needs some more color nuance, but the IDEA works, especially with his eyes. But oh good God, the goatee needs to go.

  16. Bullseye
    0

    Noooo! I am not that far into the series and you wrote “Lady Mary Crawley” Gah! Spolier!

    • Breda
      +24

      Her name has been Lady Mary Crawley since the day she was born.

      • Jessica
        +9

        That, and also: YOU NEED TO GET OUT OF THESE COMMENTS RIGHT NOW. Because there are some huge ass spoilers you do not want to read and there is no way people aren’t going to mention them soon if they haven’t already. Save yourself.

      • Ann
        0

        Bullseye, do not read this.

        SPOILER AHEAD. GO AWAY, BULLSEYE

        Gone? Ok, Breda – question for you. Huh. I never caught that her last name was always Crawley. How does that work? Wouldn’t she have Lord Grantham’s last name? English rules are so interesting to me but I don’t know much about them.

        • Cyd
          +4

          The title is Earl of Grantham, but the family name is Crawley. For example, Lord Grantham is actually Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham.

          SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER

          So Mary would have been Lady Mary Crawley nee Crawley, Countess of Grantham. Now she’ll just stick with Lady Mary Crawley SPOILER mother of the heir to the Earl of Grantham.

          • Petrova Fossil
            0

            It makes me kind of sad that she’ll never get to be the Countess, or later, take Granny’s place (and wisecrackery role) as Dowager Countess!

            • rowynn
              0

              That guy with the burned face who claimed to be Patrick might still come back, and turn out to be the real deal. I kept hoping all through this past season that they’d mention him or something – give some sort of hint that he might still be in the picture. After what happened in the last episode this season, I now am hoping even more for the return of Patrick, but we’ll see. Of course, he wouldn’t pair off with Mary, he was in love with Edith.

              • Ann
                0

                Thank you all for the explanation! I read your comments in my normal internal reading-voice, but every time I read the word “Mary,” I read it as “Maaahrehy.”

        • Breda
          0

          What Cyd said! Mary/Edith/Sybil & Matthew are cousins, so they all got the name from the same place. (Though actually, I don’t share a last name with any of my many cousins.) It gets especially confusing because Lord Grantham can be called just “Grantham” for short. His peers would probably have done so, especially as young men. But his name is Robert Crawley.

      • Bullseye
        0

        Hmm…I didn’t catch that it was her last name as I am only three episodes in. I just knew that was HIS last name. And thank you Jessica, though I am so tempted to keep reading. Double Gah!

  17. Katie
    +4

    Awww, it’s like Jonathan Rys Meyers before he started….having issues. Which makes me sad and want to watch Bend It Like Beckham again. When he turns up at Jess’s doorstep? Phwoar.

  18. Bella
    +1

    I was never crazy about Matthew – too wimpy. But this evil version is very unattractive.

  19. llism
    +1

    Where is the “Both” option? :-)

  20. Esme
    0

    ooh, me likey the heroin dealer option.

  21. Bronwyn
    +7

    All I can think when i look at Evil Heroin-Dealing Matthew Crawley is, hey look it it’s Draco Malfoy’s douch bag older brother!

    • Jenny
      +1

      Yes! A combination of Jonathan Rhys Meyers and brunette Draco Malfoy!!

  22. Evalyn
    +4

    Of coursed I like the evil heroin dealer version best. Duh. Story of my life.

  23. Rachel
    0

    ew. skeezy.

  24. holly
    +2

    You need a third option to choose: NEITHER

    • Sarah M Stout
      0

      Thank you! I thought I was the only one. Never saw what was so great about him and now he looks like the dude you would avoid in a bar.

  25. Trace
    0

    I think his hair is naturally dark (though if it’s as dark as this I’m not sure) and he went blond for Downton.

    • Ale
      +1

      You can see him with his original hair in Sense & Sensibility (I agree, not as dark as in this picture).
      I do think he actually looks better blonde though.

      • Corriner
        0

        HE WAS IN SENSE AND SENSIBILITY??!!

        Excuse me, I need to go rewatch that immediately…

  26. SaraK
    +1

    I must abstain from voting, as I am still too embittered to judge Cousin Matthew properly. But nevertheless, I do agree with Rayna about not minding any cracker crumbs one tiny bit.

  27. Barb
    +1

    There was a story in the Daily Mail on Monday all outraged about What Hollywood Has Done to Matthew Crawley. They tried to use pictures to show how awful it all was…but he looked smokin’ in both Old and New versions.

  28. coco
    0

    How ever did evil heroin Matthew Crawley win this???? He looks like Jonathan Rhys Meyers and I don’t like that!!!!

  29. Ailatan
    +1

    Can we have Edward Ferrars? Cause I prefer his take on that character than Grant’s.

  30. laura
    0

    I absolutely refuse to watch/rent/go see ANYTHING he has been in on ground of distain for making them KILL COUSIN MATTHEW! Poor Mary, first Sybil and now Matthew! I ache for her and I’m ONLY a dan stevens fan when he is running around Downton Abbey, being all modern and dreamy. He looks stupid.

  31. BrownEyedBetty
    0

    weight loss + dark hair = heroin dealer.
    weight loss + blond hair = dreamy, less puddingy Matthew!

    Interested to see where his career goes from here. Bolting from Downton may prove to be a bit hasty, but we’ll see…..

  32. Cat
    0

    The first thing that came to mind was Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and not in a good way. Change back!

  33. gryt
    0

    He looks like an 80′s Polish gangster.

  34. Vandalfan
    0

    “Why” I asked myself, “Why would I watch a show about nuns in the center of London?”
    Which is what I thought the show “Downtown Abbey” was all about. Ooops.

  35. Sarah
    0

    I don’t love the stache, but holy hell, he can tie me to the train tracks any day of the week.

  36. Mary Urech Stallings
    0

    Keep the dark hair, blond makes you look anemic. And I never really like him on Downton Abbey.

  37. CB
    0

    Malfoy’s older, darker haired brother.