'Mad Men' star Kartheiser coming home to play Mr. Darcy at Guthrie

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Minneapolis native Vincent Kartheiser is coming home this summer to star as Mr. Darcy in the Guthrie Theater's production of the Jane Austen classic "Pride and Prejudice," The Associated Press reports.

Kartheiser, who plays Pete Campbell on the Emmy-winning AMC series "Mad Men," will be back to Minneapolis for the bulk of the summer, as "Pride and Prejudice" runs July 6-Aug. 31.

The actor's first role at the Guthrie came in 1986, when at age 7 he played Tiny Tim in "A Christmas Carol." He also played small roles in the Guthrie's 1990 productions of "Henry V" and "Henry IV."

Kartheiser, who just turned 34, has been a star on "Mad Men" since the show began in 2007.

In March, he announced that he got engaged to his "Mad Men" co-star Alexis Bledel.

In an interview with The AP, Kartheiser says playing a character that people "have such strong feelings about before I've even begun playing him" is an interesting proposition.

"I don't have a lot of experience playing famous characters and it's an interesting expectation that lays on my head," Kartheiser said.

Kartheiser will be directed on the Guthrie stage by artisic head Joe Dowling. The production is being done in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Austen novel.

See a behind-the-scenes look at Kartheiser and Bledel in "Mad Men" below.

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