Richard Armitage and Toby Jones were interviewed by Graham Norton on BBC radio 2 about Uncle Vanya yesterday. The show is up on the BBC website, Richard and Toby come in at 1 hour and 34 minutes: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000ffj3.
The interview will only be available for 29 more days on the BBC website, so be sure to listen to it before then. I enjoyed it, even if Graham tends to ridicule a bit too much and finds himself a little too funny, but then, that’s Graham. I faithfully watch his TV show as well, which I do always enjoy. Anyway, in this interview Graham did with Richard and Toby they talk about Uncle Vanya and this new staging of it. There are some nice insights on making things interesting on a long run, they also talk about other projects both actors do and what theatre work they still want to do (yep, Richard still wants some Richard III stuff). There were also little bits that made me chuckle, like these snippets I wrote out below:
Graham: How do you pitch the show to people who’ve never seen it?
Richard (laughing): We’ve agreed that Toby’s going to answer this question.
Toby: Yes, you did agree that.
After some serious talk about the play and a little music break the audience questions come. There’s a question on trees. Yeah, Graham tends to ridicule some fan questions but still this made grin.
Graham: This is a real question that came in. Richard, your character Astrov loves planting trees. What’s your favourite type of tree?
Giggles all round
Richard: Can I say Rowntree? Smarties!
Richard: I don’t know. Maybe a Yew tree because they live thousands of years.
Graham: Well done for thinking of an answer!
Audience questions after more women say they’re coming to see the play:
Toby: It’s women only, this show
Graham: Apparently! Hearthrobs I tell ya! Magic Mike and Uncle Vanya they’re really the only shows on right now!
Question on Castlevania for Richard. Graham sounds surprised when he hears about it and genuinely interested:
Richard: I play a really cool character. He’s a complete drunk with a whip.
Graham: Castlevania? And it’s on Netflix?
Richard: Yeah. It’s like an adult kind of vampire fantasy
Toby: Sounds like prep for Dr Astrov!
Richard: It looked quite similar, actually, yeah.
Graham has apparently seen The Stranger as well, says he loves it. Question on seeing it all in one go:
Graham: Aren’t we missing something by not having to wait like we used to?
Richard: I would’ve said yes because I’m somebody that would’ve liked to be teased with stuff like that.
Toby (in the background): Oh no, you’re not…
Yeah, I liked listening to this and Graham sounded like he enjoyed his guests. So does that open a door to the next step, a spot for Richard on the Graham Norton TV show? Toby Jones has been on it before, I think it’s high time Richard also takes place on that red sofa. So, powers that be: have Richard Armitage come on Graham Norton’s TV show, pretty please!
Edit: The wonderful people on Richard Armitage Central have put the interview up on their website as well, for posterity, HERE. 🙂
And Heyerette on Twitter posted this lovely image from yesterday.
The whole picture viewable in this tweet.
I sooooo love the long hair and beard look!