I'm about to speak heresy I know, but our boy is getting old-looking; those bags under the eyes -- perfect for this role, but not so great when playing opposite an age-defying Louisa.
Whoa! You said that aloud???
Martin Clunes is not a traditional silver screen leading man. Or at least not for me. I like them a little scruffier, hair a little longer than Doc Martin (Roger Fenn hair). And leaner (think Al). But I always like "smart" best of all.
But it is the chemistry between Martin and Louisa (who is indeed age-defying) that is every bit as compelling as Rhett and Scarlett. It is the combo, like Tracy and Hepburn, that makes you think that Martin Clunes or Spencer Tracy is swoon-worthy.