At home again

After nine very interesting and fun days in Israel, Mr E and I arrived home again yesterday at the beginning of the evening. I was back at work again today but have my Wednesday off tomorrow (and no appointments for my refugee volunteer work tomorrow afternoon, so it looks like I’ll have a complete day to myself).

I see now that while I was gone I missed a trailer for The Man From Rome! Just before I left, I had seen Mr Armitage as a priest with a gun in a poster. It feels so alien to me to see a priest with a gun, but then again an action star priest is unusual anyhow. I also remind myself that priests fighting isn’t a new thing – it’s been happening for ages between priests from different Christian denominations in the Old City of Jerusalem at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (where Jesus is said to have been crucified and buried). Here’s a nice little article about it in The Guardian from some years ago after another altercation. To avoid any further conflict, the key to the church is kept by a Muslim family, which has been the case for many generations of that family. Those fighting priests prefer to use brooms and fists over guns, though. Anyway, I saw the poster before my holiday…

… but I see that during my holiday I missed the trailer for this movie. When I click on the link to the trailer all I get now is a password protected private video that I can’t view. Bummer! Nothing from the man for ages and then the one week I am gone and completely out of the loop, I miss the trailer… Oh, well, at least some nice gifs have been made for me to enjoy…

So, I’m back again and will in due time catch up on blog posts that I missed. I have lots of pictures and stories to share from my trip and am debating with myself whether I should share all I initially intended to or just stick to a few highlights. Maybe I’ll just start and see how far I get… In any case, normal life is ready to resume again.

Richard up close

Apparently there was a little item on the Spanish news about the filming of The Man From Rome and someone on Twitter kindly provided a nice clip of that section…

Of course I went screencap happy as it has a few Richard gems that I just can’t resist sharing here. The loveliest of them all are these close ups…

Man, I love that look in his eyes at the beginning, that profile, those crow’s feet, that little smile… Yes, for that alone this little video is worth it. I even made a little gif…

There are more delights…

Such a nice little Richard gift, right before Christmas.

Richard behind the scenes

Two posts, one right after the other, in one day! What is the world coming to? I was going to include this in my last post but then I went on a tangent about getting Covid vaccinated and it didn’t seem to fit anymore. So, a separate little post where I indulge in a little Richard Armitage. This is the fun stuff.

Yesterday Herba shared (thank you!) a nice little behind the scenes interview with the Spanish actress Amaia Salamanca from The Man From Rome film set. The video also features some lovely images of Richard as Father Quart. It’s all in Spanish, so I don’t understand it all, but reading along with Spanish subtitles helped me get some of the gist of it. Of course, I also took some screencaps. I like this one especially:

But the other ones are nice too…

Looking good, Richard, despite the booboo on the head!

Right, enough procrastinating, off to do a little more work before my weekend really starts. Have a good one, everyone!

Oh my!

Yes, this is everything I hoped it would be!

Let’s focus on Richard specifically…

Looking at him as Father Quart during two hours or so in this movie will be pure joy!

Celebrating the white collar

I’m not talking of the TV show White Collar from some years ago with Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay that I really enjoyed at the time…

… I’m talking about this following kind that my dad also used to wear when he used to occasionally perform church services. In younger years it was like a white tie while I mostly remember him in later years (as a guest preacher) when he wore an actual white collar.

I never really thought of the collar as very sexy, until Father Ralph de Bricassart (Richard Chamberlain) from The Thornbirds…

And I’m not alone. Apparently Harry Kennedy in The Vicar of Dibley finds white collars very sexy too! Yes, I made gifs…

In these gifs it looks like he’s actually wearing one himself. Premonition for what was yet to come with The Man From Rome project that has started filming in Seville?

The beginning of the book The Seville Communion describes Richard’s character Lorenzo Quart like this:

At the beginning of May, Lorenzo Quart received the order that would take him to Seville. An area of low pressure was moving towards the eastern Mediterranean and that morning it was raining on St. Peter’s Square, so Quart had to skirt the square, taking shelter under Bernini’s colonnade. As he walked up to the Portone di Bronzo, he saw the sentry standing with his halberd in the gloomy marble-and-granite corridor and preparing to ask for his identification. The man, tall and strong with a crew cut, was wearing the red, yellow, and blue-striped Renaissance uniform and black beret of the Swiss Guard. He stared at Quart’s well-cut suit, matching black silk shirt with a Roman collar, and his fine, handmade leather shoes. Definitely not, the guard seemed to be thinking, one of the grey bagarozzi – the officials of the complex Vatican bureaucracy who passed through every day. But neither was the visitor a high-ranking member of the Curia, a prelate or monsignor. They wore a cross, a purple trim or a ring at the very least, and they definitely didn’t arrive on foot in the rain. They entered the Vatican palace by another gate, St. Anne’s, in comfortable chauffeur-driven cars. Anyway, despite grey hair cut short like a soldier’s, the man looked too young to be a prelate. He stood politely before the guard and searched amongst the various credit cards in his wallet for his ID card. Very tall, slim, sure of himself, he looked calmly at the guard. His nails were well kept, and he wore an elegant watch and simple silver cufflinks. He couldn’t have been over forty.

RA Bulgaria on Twitter found the following picture of Richard Armitage as Quart, filming today in Seville…

And there it is in that picture, the white Roman collar on Richard that I’ve been looking forward to! Can’t wait to see more and better images of him wearing it. You can also see a hint of Quart’s shiny “fine, handmade leather” black shoes and the trousers look like they could be part of a “well-cut suit”. We can also see a bit grey in his hair, just as we have also seen in Richard’s birthday video from a month and a half ago…

So, yes, I’ve got to agree with Harry Kennedy here: “There’s something quite sexy about that white collar thing…” and the grey hair… and the black clothes… I know little about the story (I really should start reading the book beyond that first page) but I am so looking forward to seeing more of this white collar look!