Your Favourite – a difficult challenge

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Michele has set a fun Q &A on her blog, which has been a great distRAction. Rachel took up the challenge with gusto over at hers. Update! Nokisuu has joined in the fun here.  And so has Esther here. This is my contribution but don’t expect many sensible or answers without drool! It is difficult also to choose favourites where Richard Armitage is concerned.

Your favorite John and why:

1 Thornton

2 Proctor

3 Porter

4 Standring

Answer: Portah!

Need I say why? (John Bateman is another favourite along with Thornton.)

2 Your favorite Richard action movie and why:
Answer: I was going to go with Pilgrimage but, thinking about it, all three Hobbit movies because they showed Richard’s range, action prowess and there was so much of him on screen (despite being hidden behind facial foliage).

Your favorite pairing of Richard and ____
Answer: I love seeing Richard sparking and sparring with someone so Guy of Gisborne and the Sheriff is my favourite pairing.

Richards best trait is his ________
Answer: Sneaking in two answers, his quietness combined with his humour. In his acting, his intensity – that’s three answers.

What one question would you ask Richard about his roles up to now?
Answer: What was the incident from your real life that was used in The Stranger?

6. If Richard ask you to dinner and where to eat what type of restaurant would you take him to?
Answer: I immediately thought of the scene in Tom Jones where they are lasciviously eating oysters and chicken legs. So I would say dinner in a hotel, with breakfast in bed – after.

What song comes to mind to describe his acting career?
Answer: Sunburn by Muse
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9SZaOJEWXU

Not all the lyrics apply but the song suits how I see his acting: like the sun, scorching, blazing and intense.

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Sun god.

What board game would you play with Richard during another lockdown?
Answer: As strip-poker isn’t a board game, I’ll choose chess as I like the idea of RA as adversary.

What two fandom items would you give to Richard as tokens of appreciation?
Answer: It would be hard to part with anything and I think fandom items would have more meaning for me than to him. I suppose something like the Flat Ritchie journal or the Hannibal book where lots of us had contributed.

10 Complete this sentence: “Richard you are the ________ to my __________.
Answer: Richard you are the blood to my veins.

The Voice – Richard Armitage speaks

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Not only is Richard Armitage exceptionally beautiful but he is a great actor and a funny, decent, intelligent man. In fairness, with these attributes, he should really have a high-pitched squeaky voice, helium-gas high, to add balance. But he doesn’t. The heavenly one has a rich, labia-twanging timbre, a fantastic range from roar to whisper – and if that isn’t enough, he is a master of accents.

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I have little snippets of him speaking on my iPod alongside my music. Every time I hear one I get a little frisson of delight – and here they are, so hopefully you will too.

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Gasp at Daniel’s butterfly whisper of “We nearly had something, didn’t we?” from Berlin Station, series one.

Shiver at the understated menace of Raymond de Merville in Pilgrimage.

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Thrill at bad-tempered Lucas’s Russian in Spooks series seven.

And sigh when Lucas has a cravin’.

Thrill as Richard gets his tongue round Old English [me, in my dreams] in the Lords of the North.

Sorry, I didn’t quite catch that.

Gasp at creepy Francis Dolarhyde in Hannibal, series three. Ooh! Goosepimples.

This is from one of my most cherished RA interviews. Richard is relaxed, funny, a sibilant seductive Flirty- Gertie, I love the southerny way he says,”No” and there are traces of north-Midlands too.

Here is the interview in full:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZKm3_QGwI8

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And my very favourite: I love the way he says nothing – or nothin’.

Update: And with much thanks to Anja who pointed me in the direction of a better nothing, here is a lovely northern example by our Lord of the North:

from the Lords of the North.

Tongue, Swordomy Swordery and the Lash? I don’t think I was supposed to be thinking what I thought when I heard this…

From Voices from History.

I’d love to hear your favourites.

Favourite Richard Armitage ‘In Character’ Images

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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:
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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.

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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 …

IMG_20171010_072500So often Armitage is shot with his face half in shadow and with the light shining on his magnificent left orb.

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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.

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Pic 1: Exhausted, mean, sardonic, dissolute and devastatingly good-looking

Credit: BBC.
Pic 2: Bad, bad, and beauty rising

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Pic 3: Has anyone looked more impossibly beautiful and noble? No? I didn’t think so.

As for Lucas …

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.tumblr_niug7bARb91sqzjkdo1_500
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.

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Oh I suppose he is not bad here.

And one more bearded-pic,  John Proctor.Credit: Jay Brooks
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 ..001
Pic 1: Evil but sexy. RA’s  powerful acting is evident by the sickness he conveys in those thrillingly chilling eyes.

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Pic 2: Evilly stupendous and supremely  controlled in zipped-up leather.

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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.DsqeJ9VX4AANZIwPic 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.

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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.

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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.Credit: David VenniThud

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Shy Richard Armitage lurker lured out by Guylty’s A to Z challenge

Guylty's Fan A to Z

Continued …

Part One is here:

Hello, here is my response to K to Q of Guylty’s challenge.

K. Have you met RA Have you got a photo to share? What did you say to him? I’ve been lucky enough to meet him twice. The first time was after a performance of The Crucible where, sitting together in front row seats, my companion had mortified me by reading the programme from cover to cover, noisily turning the pages, throughout the performance instead of watching the play – and Richard was only a few feet away.  Afterwards I joined the queue at the stage door. At my turn, RA seemed to give me a surprised look (I was paranoid that he thought I’d been the one absorbed in the production notes but he was probably just shell-shocked from his performance). He signed my programme and said something like “Aw, God bless!” in response to me saying how much I’d enjoyed his performance.  This was my best attempt in my nervousness at photographing his face (unsuccessfully – it shows his torso and hand – but it was the highest shot of his body that I took).

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Richard Armitage’s face

I was so flustered that afterwards I was very nearly killed, near the Old Vic, crossing the busy road when the lights were red.

I also met him, with some lovely fellow RA appreciators, in Leeds at the Sunday afternoon showing of ‘Urban‘. Richard arrived looking tall, thinner than expected and incredibly handsome.  We all shuffled fixatedly towards him like zombies in Night of the Living Dead.  It was Remembrance Sunday and he asked if anyone had a poppy and someone happily gave him a poppy pin. These are some photos I took of him when I was near, ones that are almost in focus and don’t have my thumb obliterating his face through nerves and excitement.

 

 

 

 

[I’ve cropped some people out of these images for their privacy but happy to provide images if required. I think that’s Candida Brady peeping above the phone in the bottom-left image.]

Eventually, he turned the full power of his laser-gaze upon me. He was kind but treated me rather as though I had a learning disability (understandably in the circumstances). I mumbled that I was having problems with my phone for the selfie, as my hands were shaking. He said, “No no, you don’t want to do it like that, you’ll be taking the people in front!” and pointed at the phone settings. He then said something like “That’s right” or “There you go”, or even “There, there,” when I took the photo with him. He stood with his hands resolutely fixed behind his back, rather than clutched tightly around my waist, which I would have preferred (not that I’m complaining, it was wonderful just being near him). We were a large crowd and he gave time to everyone he could until we all had to go in for the film.

When I saw the selfie later it was just of me so, in effect, I’d asked Richard to stand next to me while I took a photo of myself. This was when I contacted Guylty, who had been there, to ask if she might have taken photos of RA that might have included me and gave her a description. She pointed me in the direction of some images that others had posted online – and I found a couple. I’m determined to get a good photo with him one day.

L. What would be a deal-breaker ? I can’t think of anything he could say or do that would be a deal-breaker unless in the unlikely event he became a fire-and-brimstone religious zealot, made racist comments or had far-right views. Pre-Thorin, I would have said growing a beard but that hasn’t put me off – although it is crime to hide his magnificent jaw-line.

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Magnificent jaw-line

Perhaps, if by some strange twist of circumstance, he turned out to be a long-lost brother  but even then I’m not sure that would put me off …

M. Russian, German, French – which was best? I don’t know enough Russian or German to tell if Richard does these well. His French is good, with the odd inaccuracy. I love hearing him speak other languages:  Raymond de Merville speaking Franglais and Lucas’s Russian are particularly seductive.

N. Which accent /language would you like to hear RA speak in a future role? I’m hoping for some Hungarian in Berlin Station but I do miss his British accent, particularly his northern accent, and have a soft spot for the way he says ‘Nothin’.

O. Casual RA or dressed to the nines? In leather! (Actually I like both styles, as long as he isn’t too fussily dressed.)

P. RA on big screen or TV? I’ll take either in preference to audio or animation. He’s obviously larger on the big screen but there’s usually not so much of him quantity-wise. I miss the exciting anticipation of seeing him, week after week, in a TV series where he appears in many scenes, so roll on Berlin Station.

Q. Third season of Berlin Station or not? So yes, although it is far from perfect. I found the tone of the second season really quite disturbing in that it gave the far-right characters an easy ride. They also don’t seem to know what to do with the Daniel Miller character. It has been ill-defined so far and so I can’t grasp what it is supposed to be (perhaps this was a problem with the different directors) but he was as stunning as he has ever been in the first season – heart-stoppingly so.

Richard Armitage in Berlin Station

Drop-dead beautiful

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Heart-stopping

The beard tempered my enthusiasm somewhat in the second season, and I’m resigned to its appearance in the third. That said, I can’t wait to see Berlin Station. I do worry though, as others do, that his commitment is preventing him taking better roles.

To be continued.

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Thank you for reading.