Rochester Round Up: Michael Fassbender, Rochester ‘10
Which adaptation’s Rochester is the most accurate to the book and or sexy? According to the book, Rochester has been blinded, scarred heavily on his face, his hand has almost been damaged beyond being useful. He’s very disheveled and despondent, verging on suicidal when Jane arrives. What makes him sexy? Well, this is subjective but, he’s suddenly very willing to allow himself to be touched and helped by Jane and she is suddenly very willing to get close to him. They are much closer physically at the end of the book and Bronte goes into a fair amount of detail on this point (Jane sits in Rochester’s lap for example, something she would never do when they were engaged.) There is a lot of kissing and touching. There is also something about the intensity of the situation that makes it very exciting. The sexiest Rochester is the one who puts this across.
Accuracy: He’s blind. Nothing wrong with either of his hands though and no scarring. He’s definitely disheveled.
Sexy: They might have gone a bit far with the whole scraggly beard, but since this Rochester is so pretty to begin with, he can take a lot of uglying up before it becomes a problem. Fassbender is very emotional and that is a big plus. I love the beautiful way he holds her head in his hand in this picture.