Richard Armitage in character

So, this blog post by Guylty inspired me to collect some of my own fave in-character photos of Richard Armitage. No screencaps, just photos, and only one per character. This means that I have just spent a lovely 90 minutes or so going through my own saved pictures and pictures on Ali’s excellent Richard Armitage site (that alas seems mostly dormant now).

So, my Richard Armitage fascination started 13 (!!) years ago, when Richard played John Thornton in North & South:

John Thornton

When I met Richard at The Old Vic’s stage door in 2014 he even signed this picture that I have on a little poster I made, which hangs in my bedroom…

John Thornton signed

To this day John Thornton remains an absolute favourite character of mine that Richard has portrayed.

Next up: Harry Kennedy in The Vicar of Dibley. This picture together with Dawn French as Geraldine Granger just makes me feel all kinds of warm and fuzzy inside – that huge smile and that profile! Sigh…

Harry Kennedy & Geraldine

I was never a huge Guy of Gisborne fan, even though Richard was quite magnetic in this Robin Hood adaptation. This following photo of Richard as Guy is heartstopping, though. I’m a sucker for an instense Richard profile picture.

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Lucas North in Spooks is next. Again, not a favourite but this picture makes me think he could be sitting right next to me at work, and what a joy that would be, right?

Spooks

Strike Back, with Richard as John Porter, was a character I did enjoy. It was a little tough picking a favourite photo, but I settled on this one. I’d let him drive me anywhere…

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Richard as Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit was another high point for me! I love this picture…

Thorin Oakenshield

And I have to add one more. For the premiere of the final installment, The Battle of the Five Armies in 2014, you could tweet to a certain account and receive an automated digital signed autograph card with your name on it in return. That was a great picture too that I just can’t resist sharing:

Thorin digital signed

Next up is Gary in Into the Storm. Again, not a movie I like very much, but Rich did have a sympathetic role in it (albeit with a bit of a cringey US accent) and was easy on the eyes:

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And then came another Richard masterpiece: he played John Proctor in The Crucible. My absolute fave photo from that is this following one. I also have it as a poster, it’s an image I can just stare at indefinitely and never get enough of:

John Proctor

I also very much like this picture of Richard as Bernhard Hare in Urban and the Shed Crew. I was lucky to see it last year at the Newcastle Film Festival, but when will it finally be released on DVD? Candida Brady tweeted this picture some years ago, there is something very endearing about this image…

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When I think of Richard as Francis Dolarhyde in Hannibal, I shudder. He portrayed him absolutely brilliantly but it’s not a role I can revisit, this horror genre is just not my thing. However much I disliked the character, Richard was able to make me feel sorry for Francis to a certain extent, something that I had completely not expected. He showed a new versatility in this role and he used his body so beautifully, right down to his hands…

Francis Dolarhyde

Moving on to Brain on Fire, there was one photo that absolutely warmed my heart – Richard as daddy Tom Cahalan:

Tom Cahalan

This one from Pilgrimage with Richard as Raymond de Merville is really nice too. I liked his look in this movie, it’s such a pity the man he portrayed was so evil:

Raymond de Merville

The final one I’m sharing is one of Richard as Daniel Miller in Berlin Station, season 2. Not a great series by any means, but this picture just somehow grabs me. Again, I think it’s the way he holds his body, combined with that intense look. So nice!

Daniel Miller

So, that’s it! My fave Richard in-character photos that aren’t screenshots. I tend to have a soft spot for profile pictures, also very much noticeable in this selection. 🙂 Anyone else want to join in? I wouldn’t mind seeing more pictures and other people’s choices… And thanks Guylty for this very enjoyable Richarding-evening!

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Richard @NIFF (& me)

So, Richard Armitage is coming to the Newcastle International Film Festival (NIFF) next week, it has been confirmed, and he will be present at 2 events on Saturday, March 31st! First off he’ll be talking with Caroline Goodall about acting (that’s from 6 – 7 pm) and after that there will be the premiere of Urban and the Shed Crew (from 7 – 10pm) including a conversation with cast and crew.

I got curious – these events are planned back to back but at different locations, would there, as a Richard Armitage fan, be a way to attend both events? So, my curiosity piqued, I found this on Google Maps…

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So, it’s a 21 minute walk between locations. If one event ends at 7 pm and the other starts at 7 pm, the time you have to get from A to B is very tight. But, I understand the premiere of Urban starts with drinks and yeah, that could be skipped. Yesterday evening I filled in the festival contact form saying I’d be going to both events (although in reality I wasn’t actually planning to go as yet) and in the feedback message was told it could take up to 4 days to receive a reply. I then went on to research some more: how much, in theory, would a flight from Amsterdam to Newcastle cost and could I, in theory, find a cheap hotel room for the night? I’d just need to sleep somewhere dry and warm and I’m quite an easy sleeper, so no luxury necessary. I found my answers but then filed it away because I figured that if it takes 4 days to hear back then it’ll all be too late anyhow and all the good deals for flights and hotels will be gone anyhow.

This afternoon, when I finally got around to checking my personal e-mail, I was surprised by a quick reply from NIFF that they had sent this morning! Here’s what they said…NIFF2

So, Urban will start its actual screening at 7.45 pm which leaves 45 minutes to get from the first venue to the second. That means that, in theory, it is doable to attend both Richard Armitage events! I was telling Mr Esther about it and he said, “just book it already!” I checked the tickets for both events (still available) and the flight (not quite as cheap as hoped but still manageable and available for the same price as the night before) and the hotel room (one single room left, hotel is about 1 km away, a little over half a mile, from the city center). Before I knew it I had booked a trip and I have tickets to both Richard Armitage events!

NIFFI am justifying this as a birthday present for me (my birthday is on April 3rd) and Mr Esther agrees. That does cancel out the new laptop he had been thinking of getting me… yeah, I think I’m OK with choosing seeing Richard live in action over a new laptop. I can cope with this old thing for another year. 🙂 I really hope it will be worth it! And if not, hey, I’ll have had a mini-break on my own, which is always fun and feels like a luxury in itself.

Mr Esther and I lived together in Newcastle once for 5 months, back when we were students in the 1990s doing our internships there. Last summer (on a rainy day) we stood in front of the ground floor flat that we had rented all those years ago…

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… and we briefly walked through the center of town and had dinner there…

We were really just passing through and were hardly there long enough to get properly re-acquainted. I find I have forgotten a lot about Newcastle so, besides seeing Richard in the flesh again, it will be really nice to get re-acquainted again with the city!

Richard on Urban movie

Richard being interviewed about the Urban and the Shed Crew movie:

(source: https://twitter.com/candidabrady/status/725240041648324608)

The man is again being very sweet about the people he has worked with on this movie. I really really want to see it and not only because of Richard! The subject matter interests me and now he has made me extra curious about the Urban character in the movie too. I so want to see this, I wonder if I ever will.

RA interview Urban

30 Day Movie Challenge – The End!

Ok, I’m rounding this challenge off by answering the last two questions in one post!

Day 29 – A new movie you are most looking forward to

The movies I am most looking forward to are any of the new movies Richard Armitage has aleady made but that have not been released yet! I’m especially curious to see Urban and the Shed Crew…

I wasn’t able to go to the Leeds International Film Festival to see it and the movie has yet to get a distribution deal, preferably an international one. Fingers crossed it won’t take too long!

And I’m also very curious about Pilgrimage which should be released in 2016 according to IMDB!

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But it looks to be quite a while before I will see either of these movies… Must stay patient… must stay patient…

Day 30 – The next movie you plan to watch at the cinema

There are two movies I really want to see that are already showing and I have absolutely no idea when I will be able to actually go see them!

First off, I really want to see Suffragette. For the story, for Meryl Streep (even though her part is small) and Carey Mulligan is said to be amazing in this!

And I want to really see Steve Jobs in which Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet are also supposed to be excellent…

Hopefully these two movies will still be playing for a while, I would love to see them in the cinema!

The End!

That’s it, the end of my 30 Day Movie Challenge (done in 27 days)! It was fun doing it; I always love to think about movies and this challenge  gave me the chance to really do that and go on and on about it. 🙂 Ending the challenge also means this is the end of daily blogging for now which, I have to admit,  is a bit of a relief actually. Schedules are nice, freedom is nicer!

Whew. I think I need a vodka now.

(30 Day Movie Challenge – the full list of questions)

Muse! … and Urban

My favourite band (possibly evah!) is the British band Muse. I only discovered them 3 or 4 years ago, I’ve seen them in concert twice now and that has cemented my love for them even more. Their new album “Drones” is coming out this week and I can hardly wait to hear the whole thing!

Here’s “Psycho” from their new album, my fave for now of the few songs of the new album that I’ve already heard:

The band are a bit pyscho themselves, I do realise, but maybe that is exactly why I like them. 🙂

If you don’t know them, maybe you do know what I think may be their most well known song “Uprising”:

And “Neutron Star Collision” was made for one of the Twilight movies:

Actually, the lyrics in this last song, make me think a bit of Reverend.. er…I mean Richard Armitage’s (a bit odd) tweet of today: “You’d like to be heard & wish others might listen or notice to you? Say something worth hearing”. I really know he means well and wants to stop bullying but that sounded somewhat random to me. Then again, I often say stuff I haven’t really thought through as well, so I’ll just move on and not linger on this. Anyway, part of the lyrics of this Muse song are about preaching:

The world is broken
And halos fail to glisten
You try to make a difference
But no one wants to listen

Hail, the preachers, fake and proud
Their doctrines will becloud
Then they’ll dissipate
Like snowflakes in an ocean

Oh, and just to be sure: I do NOT think Richard to be ‘fake and proud’…

To move from one random topic to another: a “Urban & the Shed Crew” trailer is out and although I would love to hear some of the dialogue I am already loving the images! I wanted to link to it here but I see that it is no longer available on YouTube! Luckily RAFrenzy has managed to make some lovely screencaps, check out her blog post: http://rafrenzy.com/2015/06/06/im-so-behind-on-my-ra-watching/