Nobody puts Esther in a corner…

Richard Armitage was at the Paley Fest last night, promoting season 2 of Berlin Station and one of the first things that caught my eye on Servetus’ blog  (THANK YOU for updating us fans so well yet again!) is the link she provided to this tweet:

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… and I’m immediately thinking: nobody puts Esther in a corner! (Free interpretation of the famous line from Dirty Dancing). Oh, wait, Richard Armitage saying my name and kissing Esther isn’t real life. Must remember that, must remember that, must remember that… 😉

Levity aside, Richard was looking very good again last night (click on images to enlarge)!

And he apparently also said this…

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… which reminded me of when we were in Durham this past summer. We were speaking to two volunteers, both pensioners, who were giving out information about the city. After we told them we already knew where we wanted to be in Durham, we got to chatting with them.  One of the first things they did was apologize to us for Brexit! So, Richard isn’t alone in doing that. The one volunteer then went on to tell us that he asked almost every American tourist why Trump had been voted president, he just couldn’t understand it, and that he always received the reply that they hadn’t voted for Trump. I wonder if Richard asks this of Americans too?

Anyway, back to Richard at Paley Fest: he was also having a good time with fellow cast members. Here a little video of them having fun, you just know Richard is making some cheeky comment… I wonder what it was. 🙂

… and some pics of the same event…

And Heather Siemon took some lovely pics during the panel…

It’s so good to see new Richard images again and read some Richard stories! They have made my Sunday morning extra lovely. 🙂

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If only…

… I had been the Esther lucky enough to interview Richard for this article

Or maybe it would’ve been more fun to be this Esther with Richard in Berlin Station

In any case, I’m liking the Richard-Esther links that are showing up – maybe the universe is starting to tell me something? 😉

The RA Challenge, part 4

And it’s the final part too (following on from parts 1, 2 and 3) of Guylty’s RA Challenge! Questions 25 to 31…

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#25 Favourite Object/Prop in Context with a Character

The only object/prop that has prompted its own blog post on here was Daniel Miller’s bike on Berlin Station! Loved seeing Richard speed around on that bike. I felt it wasn’t featured enough on the show…

#26 Favourite Costume worn by RA

While researching this, I came to the conclusion that I like Richard to look grungy and scruffy in his roles! I first thought I’d answer Thorin Oakenshield here…

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…because I find that, although he looks fierce and magnificent, there is a huggable quality there as well! But in researching pictures of Richard in different roles (oh the chore!), I find that the costume that does something to my insides is Richard as John Proctor! I love him in that black coat with the collar standing up…

…or when he is seen without coat but with the linen shirt…

…or with no shirt at all (I even like the boots!)…

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I also really liked him in civilian clothes as John Porter in Strike Back, especially in the first two episodes where he wore a scarf as well…

… and when his jacket came off, he then showed himself quite nicely in just jeans and a dirty, grungy t-shirt. The flimsy t-shirt shows off his physique and arms very well…

#27 Favourite Quote by a Character or RA

I don’t think I have a favourite Richard-quote, I’m not really one to remember quotes off the top of my head. Having said that, a few do spring to mind: “Look back at me”, or “You’ll not guess where I have been”, or “You don’t need Henry to explain”, or “You coming home with me?”, all of them from North and South. Yeah, I may have watched it too often…

Another quote that springs to mind is something he was quoted as saying in an interview once: “I was a beanpole with a nose I hadn’t grown into.”

#28 Favourite Climax (i.e. series finale, battle, conclusion of a subplot, etc.)

Well, I guess I just referenced it in the previous question. There are many climaxes that I liked that hit home with me, like the ending of The Crucible or Thorin dying in The Hobbit, John Porter rescuing the journalist in Strike Back or Harry proposing to Geraldine on The Vicar of Dibley. However, the climax I have watched most, hands down, is that train station finale of North and South. I really can’t count how often I have seen that, more than anything else in my life, I think! And it never gets old!

#29 A Moment That Made You Question Whether You Could Continue Fangirling For RA.

I was on a high when I discovered Richard in North and South and soon after I became very aware him, he also did Dibley and The Impressionists. I was Richard-obsessed at the time! But then he also did Guy of Gisborne on Robin Hood and Lucas North in Spooks and those characters really couldn’t entice me! I saw bits to start with but didn’t enjoy the shows and bailed. I postponed watching them for the longest time (even longer than I postponed watching the last 4 episodes of Berlin Station). I did later see things in Guy and Lucas that I found appealing, bits of Richard shining through, perhaps, but in those years (2008-2010 or so) I thought my Richard-obsessed days might be over. He was my fave (I’d still watch every interview and read every article and Christmas message) but not more or less so than my other fave Colin Firth. Then he did Strike Back and my attention was back into full-blown force. So much so, that he overtook Firth in my attention yet again and he has remained firmly in first place ever since!

#30 Will Anything Ever Replace RA in your Admiration?

When I was 15 I thought no one could surpass Gregory Peck…

When I was 30, I thought no one could surpass Colin Firth…

Now in my mid-forties, I think no one can surpass Richard Armitage!

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But who knows what the future may bring? Never say never, but I can’t imagine surpassing feeling this level of involvement that I feel with Richard.

#31 What Would You Like to Say to RA Right Now?

I saw your latest tweet…

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Does this mean the London stage Oedipus and Antigone is happening at the beginning of 2018? I’ll so be there!

The End!

This challenge certainly deserved its name, finding answers to the questions was not always easy but it was always fun. Thanks Guylty! 🙂

Berlin Station – I dit it!

I finally finished watching the last 4 episodes of Berlin Station! And I’m glad I did! I at first was hopeful about the show but soon got impatient with it. It couldn’t hold my interest and curiosity and I gave up on it a while back. Richard Armitage’s Daniel Miller, my main reason for watching the show, was too flat for my liking; I couldn’t sympathize with or hate him. Then there were all these story lines and their connection was being drawn out so long, I just lost patience. I watched up until episode 6 and somewhere last fall I just gave up. Even Richard couldn’t tempt me anymore. We’re almost half a year on now, I couldn’t see Richard in New York in Love, Love, Love and it’s been a while since I have been able to see anything new from him. So, in my need for new Richard material, I figured I’d finally give the rest of Berlin Station a go. I finished watching it last weekend and am now finally finding some extra time to blog about it. Beware of spoilers from here on in…

The show has somewhat redeemed itself for me. I really do love the city of Berlin as backdrop for this show and I do like that the characters are a little more difficult to pigeonhole. However, Daniel Miller still remains somewhat flat, more so than some of the other characters, even though in the last few episodes he did become a little more human to me. After Hector killed someone right before his eyes, Daniel seemed genuinely horrified, for instance; real feeling and Richard sucked me right in with his portrayal of that!

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We also got some nice profile shots…

And there was intense Daniel Miller with more apparent emotion…

There were sexy Daniel and Esther shots, even though it is doubtful to me whether he has any real feelings for her. He seems passionate and cold with her at the same time, and the coldness I don’t like. Does he even like her at all or is she just a means to an end? Still, there was some nice Daniel & Esther kissing…

… and after-kissing with even a post-coital sigarette…

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By the last episode, the several story lines made more sense as they came together and it finally all clicked. I really liked how the team finally really started communicating with each other and rallied together to solve this and I like that Daniel became the voice of Thomas Shaw. Whistleblowing was ironically the only way for the team to survive this, which I liked, and I ended up also liking Hector a little more.

So, we are left with a pensive Daniel at the end of the show…

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… and I am left feeling a little more positive about an upcoming season 2! I just hope they show a little more of the person Daniel is, he needs to be more rounded as one of the main characters. I really want to like him and I want to be able to root for him more. So, here’s to season two, let’s see what that brings…

Needing new Richard material…

Releases in Bulgaria, Taiwan, Thailand… Brain on Fire is apparently more interesting for the Eastern (Europe /Asia) market than for the Western (Europe/US) market. I saw this image from the movie on my Twitter timeline this week…

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… and for that shot alone I want to see this movie! I have a soft spot for profile/bearded Richard, he’s also looking sharp in a suit and then he has this sweet look/smile on his face… yep, makes me go weak in the knees! When I look at this I can even forgive him for silly (re)tweets! I look at profile-with-beard-Richard every day, he’s on my Crucible poster with signed ticket in my dining room…

… and I can never get enough of that look!

Also, the doting daddy thing – I’d really like to see Brain on Fire for that as well. There were already some doting Richard-daddy pics out there (scroll through posts here and here to see them), with this cropped picture so far as my favourite (I think you can see the pattern emerging here – beard… profile…)

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And some newer doting daddy shots have recently emerged as well…

… more profiles and half profiles! When is this movie coming out here already?! I understand it is supposed to be released on Netflix, but when?

Right now, I don’t think Richard has any doting-daddy thoughts on his mind. He’s having fun in Berlin with his leading ladies, where the new Berlin Station series has just started shooting…

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Maybe what I need to do before I finally get to see Brain on Fire is finally finish watching the last 4 episodes of Berlin Station, series one… As much as I love Richard, I have not been loving Daniel Miller so much, so I have put off watching those final 4 episodes. However, the desire for a fix of new Richard material is getting stronger and stronger. Maybe the time has finally come to finish Berlin Station then…

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I’d better be off! No time like the present before I lose my nerve… 🙂