If you like your movie hunks mysterious, brooding -- and from the 19th century -- prepare to swoon over Michael Fassbender as the dashing-yet-haunted Edward Rochester in 'Jane Eyre,' which opens this Friday. Rochester was portrayed by an appropriately gruff young Orson Welles in the 1944 film, but even purists will surely embrace the latest version of Charlotte Bronte's man of many secrets.

You've already seen Fassbender in '300,' 'Inglourious Basterds,' and 'Band of Brothers,' (and trailers for the upcoming 'X-Men: First Class'), but this film is likely to land him a whole new following, just as a certain dip in a pond did for Colin Firth in the 1995 miniseries 'Pride and Prejudice.'

Troubled Rochester is just one of our favorite dashing heroes from the pages of literary classics, characters who took on a whole new allure when portrayed on screen by the very appealing likes of Daniel Day-Lewis, Julian Sands and Christian Bale.
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