Critic’s Choice award for Richard?

Richard is nominated for a Critic’s Choice Award (Best Guest Actor/Actress in a Drama Series) for his role as Francis Dolarhyde in Hannibal ! I’m so thrilled!

Although I will never be a Hannibal fan, I love what he did with the role of Dolarhyde! He showed new things in his acting in that role that I had never seen before and that amazed me.

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I’m keeping everything crossed for him to win! The nominees in his category:

BEST GUEST ACTOR/ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Richard Armitage – Hannibal – NBC
Justin Kirk – Manhattan – WGN America
Patti LuPone – Penny Dreadful – Showtime
Margo Martindale – The Good Wife – CBS
Marisa Tomei – Empire – Fox
B.D. Wong – Mr. Robot – USA

I have seen none of the other shows, so I have no idea on what Richard’s chances for winning are. Hugh Dancy is also nominated as Best Actor, by the way. I like Hugh Dancy, hope he wins too!

Awards show will be on January 17th. I hope Richard will be there… Hopefully looking a little more charming than this…

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Yep, he did it again. Richard Armitage was absolutely spectacular in the role of Francis Dollarhyde! He was mesmerizing.

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Also mesmerizing to me were Rutina Wesley as Reba and Hugh Dancy as Will Graham. Mad Mikkelsen is very chilling as Hannibal but not quite as fascinating as Richard, Rutina and Hugh, maybe because I see no humanity shimmering in his eyes as I do see in the other three.

While I had all the intention of watching all three seasons of Hannibal to start with, I just couldn’t watch anymore after the first two episodes of season 1. It is visually very well made, aesthetic even, but the gore and horror were just too much for me. So, I only watched the season 3 Dollarhyde episodes, because of course I needed to see Richard in action. I had to avert my eyes occasionally but other than that the Dollarhyde storyline was intriguing, gruesome and sad to see. Richard really was able to portray the hurt and humanity that lies at the heart of such a cruel and cold serial killer as Francis Dollarhyde. I had never expected to feel in any way sympathetic towards Dollarhyde but I did and felt sad that no redemption for him was possible anymore. In the end, there was no other way for him but to go and, considering what he had done to others, I was glad he was stopped forever.

There were some drawbacks for me in watching Hannibal (other than the gore). I found the pacing of the episodes somewhat unsteady. I think it was because I got annoyed with the way many spoke in such measured and hushed tones all the time. It felt affectatious to me sometimes and my attention would wane. Then at other times I would be engrossed, especially in the Dollarhyde scenes and the ones that included Reba. Those two were fantastic together.

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The tragedy of Francis lies in the causes that made him become so twisted and I will forever wonder whether if he had met someone like Reba when he was young, would his life have gone differently and better?

I also really enjoyed watching Hugh Dancy as Will, the struggle within him always apparent. He plays a character to root for and he does it so well. I found the scenes of Will and Hannibal together intriguing and especially at the end of the finale, those two were magic.

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Their interaction, the looks they exchanged, the way it all finally ends… yes, very well done.

So, I come away from this show being reminded again of how good Hugh Dancy is. I have discovered Rutina Wesley who I had never heard of before and she is an amazing actress. And Richard… I swear he gets better and better. I saw him in ways I had never seen him before. Roles like this make him evolve as an actor and I love that he is picking such diverse and challenging projects.

And to end on a shallow note: I watched the Hannibal final post mortem that Servetus posted on her page: https://meandrichard.wordpress.com/2015/08/28/and-heres-the-final-hannibal-post-mortem-3-13/. Besides the fact that I always adore listening to Richard speak of his work, I have to say I also really liked the purple striped socks he was wearing!

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Richard Armitage in China

My favorite picture of Richard’s recent press tour in China:

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I don’t know what it is – the thoughtfulness with a hint of smile, the fingers to the lips like he is going to blow a kiss? In any case, it is my favorite image from this press tour. Can you even imagine him as an ice cold serial killer in Hannibal? I can hardly wait to see the transformation…

Ice cold serial killer

Richard Armitage’s next role is that of an ice cold serial killer in the TV series “Hannibal”: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/11345281/richard-armitage-hannibal.html

I haven’t seen the show before but will try out a few episodes and see if I can bear it. I like some crime shows very much, even gory ones! I used to watch the BBC’s Silent Witness faithfully (until Leo died – I could hardly bear it after Harry left and then a year later they killed off Leo too!). That show was about forensic pathologists solving murders in London where you got to see quite some gory things. So, I can deal with some gore and I can deal with suspense but what I really do not like is horror! And Hannibal sounds like something inbetween crime procedural show and horror…

The name of the character Armitage will play is Francis Dolarhyde. When I read on the Francis Dolarhyde wikipedia page the way in which this man kills whole families, an ice cold fist grabbed my heart. I wonder if I can stomach this TV show. Then again, at the time I surprised myself for liking The Silence of the Lambs (where I first heard of Hannibal Lecter) even though I watched parts of that movie through my fingers. Of course, that was due to the excellent performances of Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins. Maybe Richard can do the same, make me like something I do not expect to like very much through his performance?

So far when Richard played baddie roles he has always been able to make me feel some sympathy towards his character. I can not imagine feeling any sympathy for Francis Dolarhyde and I can not imagine Richard Armitage being so very ice cold! So, his role in this show will be a big challenge… and I love when Richard Armitage challenges himself… and challenges me!