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Actor Allusion: Firth vs. Darcy. Also Bridget's boss, when she gets a news reporter job was played by Neil Pearson, who's portrayal is exactly the same as his role of Dave in Drop the Dead Donkey.
The Danza: Gemma Jones shares the same last name as her character Pam.
Dawson Casting: Rebecca in the 2nd film, one of the points about her is that she's a decade younger than Bridget at 22, but she is portrayed by Jacinda Barrett and is separated from Renee Zellweger by a 3 year age difference.
Dyeing for Your Art: Zellweger gained something like two and a half stone (that's 30 pounds to Americans) for the role. (And then lost it again to do Chicago. And then put it back on again to do The Edge of Reason. Brave girl.)
Fake Brit: There was a certain amount of outcry when it was announced that Bridget, the "quintessential" modern Englishwoman (with an Irish first name and a Welsh second name), would be played by Texan Renee Zellweger. Then the film came out and some people started to think she was secretly from Britain. (She also received an Oscar nom for the film.)
Hey, It's That Voice!: Bridget is no stranger to Total Drama. In the French (Quebec) dubbing, she is Courtney. However, in Brazil, she is two other contestants, Eva and Heather.
The Other Darrin: For the films there were each two different actresses that portrayed Bridget's Friend Magda and Mark's mother, the latter replacement couldn't be avoided due to the death of Mrs. Darcy's original portrayer between the films.
Gemma Jones played a meek mother in Sense and Sensibility. Here, she's the egomaniacal expy of Mrs. Bennet.
Hugh Grant as a less-dashing, more lechery love interest, not to mention the Wrong Guy First. According to Fielding, this is much closer to his actual personality anyway.
Promoted Fangirl: Jacinda Barrett (Rebecca Gillies, Mark's assistant and Bridget's secret admirer) said in a featurette for the second film that when she viewed the the 1st film, she wanted to have a beer with them along with looking up to Renee Zellweger.
Write What You Know: Fielding herself based Bridget and her diary entries, not only on Pride and Prejudice, but also the habits and diaries of her friends and herself. For the 3rd book, she like Bridget has grade-school children whilst in her early fifties.
Write Who You Know: Shazzer is based on Fielding's friend Sharon Maguire, who directed the first film. She did not play herself.