In her recent Armitage Weekly Round Up, Guylty included a Tumblr post from Fizzy Custard of favourite R.A. ’in character’ pics. Guylty asked ’Which are yours?’
There was a flurry of responses with gorgeous examples of the captured Richard Armitage:
Guylty’s own favourites
There may be more that I’ve missed.
So here’s my small selection of the Armitage characters I have lassoed and dragged to my lair. It veers off from the theme because I’ve included some screenshots, as these are some of my favourite stills of RA. I am also incapable of choosing just one of each. He is simply such an extraordinarily good-looking man who manages to look stunning in so many guises and somehow I seem to have hoarded over 4000 images of the man over the years.
Some characters are under represented here not because I like their look less, in fact they are some of my favourites, Mr Thornton, John Porter, Raymond de Merville, but because a static image doesn’t capture a shiver-inducing eye-glide or narrowing squint, glowering look or brooding head-turn. Others, like Guy, Lucas and Daniel equally make portraits of beauty.
Favourites also change with my mood but the following images consistently take my breath – and stop my heart – the brooding, the bad and the beardless.
First up, insolent leather-clad Ricky Deeming. In one scene his look changes from a youthful and beautiful Burne-Jones-like fallen angel to an older knowing rather depraved looking individual, who is just as lovely.
Image credit to the incomparable Abi and her amazing archive at richardarmitage.net.
Next Mr T. There are not many stills of John Thornton in my collection for the reasons given above but if I have to choose two …
So often Armitage is shot with his face half in shadow and with the light shining on his magnificent left orb.
The light catches his face by a window as if painted by Vermeer.
Now some Gizz porn. Guy oh Guy – what to choose? You naughty leather-clad man.
Pic 1: Exhausted, mean, sardonic, dissolute and devastatingly good-looking
Pic 2: Bad, bad, and beauty rising
Pic 3: Has anyone looked more impossibly beautiful and noble? No? I didn’t think so.
As for Lucas …
Pic 1: I love his clear eyes, light and almost greenish in the Russian sun, the scornful look and disdainful smile – all the qualities of a handsome roguish hero.
Pic 2: One of my all-time favourites, from Series 9, Episode 2. There is something about him in this scene that struck me like a thunderbolt. It crystalises his unearthly beauty, there is his confident manner, the slight bitter smile and intense direct way he holds the eyes. His stillness. Gush.
Pic 3: Just for the opportunity to see Lucas close-up, pore to pore, and his becoming little frown.
John Porter next. Only one pic, although he is one of my favourite characters.
There is something about him being animated, as when he is tied on the cross and slowly moves his head, that just gets me. But I love this cool look, his eyes just mean slits. The South African sun brought out a new quality in his eyes.
This is the honorary beard picture. Nearly all his other incarnations here are without that beastly appendage. I’m slightly mystified how people. fell for Richard Armitage through Thorin, what with his furry eyebrows, false nose, forehead and big beard, without knowing what gorgeous-ness lay beneath. But he did have his moments, a penetrating look, a majestic head toss.
My favourite image was in the trailer for BOFA, which I’ve not been able to find in the film, he looks blanched, bedraggled and bewildered but I love the fervent look in his eye.
Oh I suppose he is not bad here.
And one more bearded-pic, John Proctor.
This is isn’t one of my favourite RA character looks (blame the beard). I’m including it here because his stare is so searingly powerful, intense and he has a look of such disdain that I feel discomforted looking him in the eye but it appeals to my masochist leanings.
I wouldn’t want to meet Francis Dolarhyde in real life but Mr Evil captivates me as a fantasy drool. Apart from always being drawn to the bad character, like a moth to a flame, from an early age, I’m not sure why Mr D appeals to me so much because he was so difficult to see in the murky Hannibal but these are my three favourites ..
Pic 1: Evil but sexy. RA’s powerful acting is evident by the sickness he conveys in those thrillingly chilling eyes.
Pic 2: Evilly stupendous and supremely controlled in zipped-up leather.
Pic 3: It seems perverse that one of my favourites pics shows my beloved RA slaughtered in character but I am mesmerised by the beauty of this image, not least because of the flashes of flesh shown.
Berlin Station left a lot to be desired but not with Daniel Miller in series one. Clean-shaven (natch) and the noir-ish quality of the cinematography produced dazzling supreme Armitage and I have high hopes for The Stranger, as he seems to have a similar look. I simply can’t pick just one of these four.Pic 1: This image fascinates me: his defeated, past- caring insouciance, his man-spreading, the flaunted crotch. He just looks so cool – his watchful nemesis, Mr Cat, makes me laugh too.
Pic 2: He really suits a car, don’t he?
Pic 3: I have a bit of a love- hate relationship with the up-turned collar. On one hand it looks affected but on the other, he looks so good. Again the shadows, black hair and one beautiful lit eye make a noir hero.
Pic 4: Smoking hot, oh god, slain. Any of the stills from this scene showing lounging, laconic RA in black trousers, smoking, would do.
And my very favourite pic of all time. I know he is not playing that sort of character but he is in character of some sort.Thud
*I apologise if I’ve used any images without permission. I will credit where I can but I have no idea where some originated from. Please let me know if I have used any of your images and I will either remove them or credit.