More, more, more! How d’you like it?

More Richard goodies today and this old disco song springs to mind…

There really is a song for everything, isn’t there?

Anyway, the morning in Richard-news started out nicely with fellow fan Young Veloce translating a Korean article where the South-Korean director Jo Sung-hee speaks about Richard who filmed with him last year.

Yes, this very much sounds like the Richard we have come to know. And best thing yet? Young-Veloce got a shout out from The Armitage himself for this! I bet she’s really excited about that. 😊

Next up, Servetus referenced an interview with Ciaran Hinds about Uncle Vanya here. I took screenshots of the section where he speaks about the play. It does pique my curiosity and I’m really excited that Hinds and Toby Jones are in this play as well.

CH interview 01CH interview 02CH interview 03CH interview 04

Servetus also dug up an interview with Conor McPherson, the paywright who has adapted Uncle Vanya. Again, I made screenshots of where Vanya is referenced:

The Stage UV 01The Stage UV 02

I suppose the adaptation won’t stray too much from the original but I have never seen the original (and can barely remember reading it), so I have nothing to compare it to.

And last, but not least, Amazing Grace on Twitter unearted another interview, this time in a publication called “Psychologies Magazine”.

Richard lives on a monthly cycle? Is that why so many women feel an affinitity with him? 😉 Sorry to relate this to Anne with an E again, but it makes me think of when Anne gets her first period and her freaking out over her cycle (the funniest bit and the part I thought of starts at 1 minute 30 seconds into this video)…

Guess cycles are not just a female thing anymore. Or maybe he’s secretly a werewolf? Hmm, now that is an intriguing thought… Ties back nicely to his Wolverine audioplays (which I still haven’t listened to).

RA Wolverine

I also get that Richard is all about peace and love and ‘let’s just get along’. So am I, I totally am a peacemaker type and a see-all-sides-to-everything kind of person, but goodness, does he come off a bit wishy-washy and preachy here, or is it just me? Maybe that has something to do with the type of magazine (it’s a mindfulness magazine, after all) and the kind of interview this was?  Oh well, at least we learned about the cycle thing and what he thinks about damaging truths. Knowing that makes me curious about what he’d think of the movie The Farewell, which I thought was really good when I saw it a while back. It’s all about not telling someone a damaging truth…

Is Richard Armitage secretly Chinese? I wonder…

24 thoughts on “More, more, more! How d’you like it?

  1. Servetus

    I really enjoyed “The Farewell” and it’s in my top three for the year. I wish it were getting more awards attention.

    In your last paragraph you are putting your finger on a general problem I have with thinking about political situations — and Armitage steps into it over and over again. Brexit is a good example. It’ s not just that England “may” be worse off, it’s that the EU exit from the EU is going to concretely damage many people in ways that we are *already* aware of. He may not like politics creating winners and losers, but that is in fact what politics does. So in that situation (a) what choices do you make? in whose benefit? and (b) what is the point of talking about everyone getting together? This isn’t the Blitz or some other event where disaster was brought upon the UK; this is an active choice they made to harm some of their citizens and residents.

    That said, I’m sure mindfulness experts would tell us all to ignore politics if they upset us too much. It’s a white middle class thing imo, for people who can afford to buy the magazine and those who can afford to ignore politics.

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    1. No one will ever get together over Brexit, right now it’s about figuring out how to make the best of a lousy situation (talking from the ‘losers’ point of view).

      And yes, I really enjoyed The Farewell too. I’ve kinda fallen in love with Awkwafina. 🙂

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      1. Servetus

        If that’s even possible — for people who lose access to health care, residency rights, income, freedom of movement, and maybe even more importantly, the feeling that the people around them didn’t actively hate them or want them to leave. I just think that asking people who are concretely and obviously damaged by a situation to accommodate themselves in any way demonstrates a massive amount of unconscious privilege. But Brexit is only one example of this. It’s a problem I don’t know how to solve, in that the sense of victimhood of the wealthy and privileged ends up overwhelming everything else, including justice.

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        1. Yes, I agree. What I mean is that I hope the damage can somehow be limited but with this Johnson government I don’t see that happening yet… I think the ‘winners’ have a huge ass responsibility in this and they are not taking it yet, from what I can see.

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          1. Servetus

            Because none of the negative consequences will affect them in any meaningful way, at least not in the short term. This is another piece of the puzzle that Armitage seems to overlook for me: why are the victims always expected to “cooperate” and “work for unity”? Because it’s not like the elites who will clean up from this situation are thinking about cooperating to improve the situation of their fellow citizens.

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  2. rachel

    a few comments from me! i love the description of the UV characters as ghostly-that’s so apt-i don’t know if you read it but the characters kinda float in and out of the scenes. There’s a bit where i think Yelena is playing piano and i got the image of this melancholic piano floating through the scenery. I am very excited, and i love that the actors all seem so invigorated.
    Psychologies magazine? well i picked up a paper copy today-lets just say that i wont be buying it again! its full on wishy washy and i was frustrated as they have a piece on eco toothbrushes and paste and its all fluoride free stuff they’re punting! argh lol
    i didn’t find the piece that interesting, his moon cycle stuff is a bit esoteric-but i guess some people feel the moon has an impact on their mood. Wasn’t surprised about him discussing imposter syndrome.
    the Korean magazine was interesting and it was nice of Young to tweet about it

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          1. Ooh Esther it’s not disparaging him I mean had he said something like that before ? There have been worse comments like that infidelity crap he spouted in that interview in 2006 I think. I mean everyone has positive and negative days it’s called being human Richard!! Welcome to the real world!! My whole issue for lack of a better word is his seeming self identity crisis like if you have come this far why not own it then. Why all the smoke and mirrors
            If he were dating an older woman he would have told his parents. I think he hasn’t come to terms with whatever he’s feeling and that isn’t fair to his “good” relationship partner.

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  3. Ill just be really shallow here and say I love the Andrea Drew Connection song takes me back to my tween years. David Bowie yesterday and now This song!!
    I’m still processing Monday’s Richarding bits😉🙄

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    1. I had no idea who sings this song, but it is what popped into my head when I saw all those articles coming by.
      David Bowie songs very often pop up into my head (still regularly listen to him too) as I used to be a huge Bowie fan. Still am to some extent, just not as huge as when I was in my late teens/early twenties. 🙂

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        1. I remember when I heard he had passed. I was on the couch eating my Weetabix for breakfast, watching the BBC morning news when it came in as breaking news. I was totally in shock and in tears! Blogged about him daily at the time, trying to get my head around it. Just 11 days before I had seen the excellent travelling exhibition “David Bowie is” here in the Netherlands and I had just ordered his final album which had only just come out. The album really was too painful to listen to more than two or three times (also partially due to the fact that he passed away only 10 months after my dad and I was still full on grieving for him as well) and I still haven’t braved listening to it since that time.

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          1. Esther oh lovely I don’t blame you on but. I probably couldn’t listen to any of it then. Everything he handled with such grace and dignity. I was so happy when he got married and had a daughter!
            Yeah I was just shocked!

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  4. IDK, I actually liked the Psychologies article – except for his take on the Brexit conundrum. I’m all for moving forward and for being positive, but somehow I don’t see how that particular issue can be turned around into a positive thing that brings Britain’s populace together.
    Loved reading more about Ciaran Hinds. I really look forward to seeing him on stage again. (Saw him in ‘Hamlet’ and in ‘Girl from the North Country’, and I find him a very subtle actor who very naturally blends into character. Would also really like to meet him at the SD and tell him how much I have enjoyed his work over the years.
    The hints at UV having taken on a subtle Irish twist, are intriguing.

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    1. Yes, the Brexit thing is a huge conundrum and I don’t know how it can be turned into something ‘positive’ for the ‘losers’. All that can be done is try to limit the damage, I wonder if that can even be done.
      Oh yes, I too would really love to meet Ciaran Hinds at the stagedoor as well. And Toby Jones too. Every time I see his part in “The Painted Veil” my heart overflows.

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  5. All good stuff! I am intrigued by the hint that Conor’s version of UV is “punchier.” I’ve read the Norton Critical edition and the one by (Irish master playwright) Brian Friel. Conor’s got some big shoes to fill, but I think he has a good point about modern audiences needing new versions. The original play has components that are up-to-the-minute, such as climate change, which Astrov discusses in detail. He actually talks about the presence of forests improving the climate. But some other aspects of it are bound to a particular time and place. And Chekhov is all about subtlety, so it will be interesting to see what happens if the dialogue is made “punchier.”

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    1. Interesting! I remember virtually nothing about reading that play, so to me it will be all pretty much new. I’d be intrigued to hear/read what you think when the times comes and you hopefully get to see it as well.

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