Everyone seemed so happy to see our sexy sergeant earlier today, I thought I would whip up another post featuring our tough, take-no-prisoners, savvy-yet-sensitive John Porter of MI-6.
I am still in a heroic mode. Well, I am not a hero. But I want to pay tribute to Mr. Armitage, a personal hero of mine, and his wonderful characters, with all their flaws and inner conflicts, their ambiguities, who become our heroes. I prefer them to the guys in the capes and tights with the super powers. Give me an Armitage hero.
(And I’d like to hear him say that word, too.)
Balsamaceous: (adjective): Possessing healing or restorative properties.
The word derives from the Latin balsamum, “resin of the balm tree.” The substance is historically celebrated for its aroma and healing properties.
Just a few examples of Mr. A’s balsamaceous characters. But of course, the most balsamaceous of them all is the man himself.
MI-5 and MI-6′s finest: Lucas North of the Security Services and SAS soldier Sgt. John Porter. One spent eight years in a Russian prison, wondering who had sold him out to their enemy as he faced torture, humiliation and deprivation on a daily basis. The other suffered his own hell when a Middle Eastern mission he was heading went pear-shaped, One mate was dead, another in a vegetative state. And signs pointed to Porter’s poor judgement being the cause. Porter lost the trust and respect of his men, his wife and found his relationship with his only child on shaky ground.
Both men have something to prove to the world–and to themselves. Both have suffered loss and betrayal and are determined to discover the truth. They want the opportunity to make themselves useful, to return to some semblance of normality in their lives. They can be tough and ruthless and at the same time, tender and compassionate. Flawed and damaged though they may be, they are still most worthy of our respect and admiration. Oddly enough, in spite of the fact they are fictional characters, the world feels just a little safer to me with these two fellows on watch.
Lucas and JP are amongst my personal superheroes. Who needs Superman, Batman or Spidey when you have North and Porter??
I’ve got to try to get some sleep now that my knee has been iced up and calmed down. Y’all enjoy more Portah. Oh, what fun it is to play with light effects on that lovely bare, fair flesh of his . . .
That is the most tempting set of Cupid’s bow lips I have ever seen. I am feeling that impulse to nibble and nosh again . . .
Oh, the glories of Tied-Up Armitage. Honestly, unlike Mr. Grey I am not into bondage, but there’s just something about these commanding alpha males in a particular kind of peril . . .
And what is it about him when he’s got his mouth open partnered with that intense gaze? *guh*
And just for fun . . . Sgt. Portah as Master Mechanic. I think I need him to adjust my McPherson struts.
We all need our bridges over troubled water from time to time in our lives. Right now, this song seems to particularly touch my heart. And Art Garfunkel–what an angelic voice! What a talent.
Again, thank you to everyone for your words of encouragement and support. Here are some lovely images of Mr. A’s characters serving as and discovering their own bridges over troubled water. It’s my thank you to you all.
Just to remind you all, the newest trailer for The Hobbit is set to debut tomorrow (Wednesday) and according to the official Hobbit Movie twitter account, it will appear at iTunes Trailers at 10 a.m. EST. It’s also supposed to be broadcast and start appearing in movie theaters around the world as well. Satellite feeds are tentatively scheduled for 14:00 Greenwich Mean Time and 17:99 GMT, satellite coordinate TBA. Are y’all as excited as I am? Hoping, of course, to get more Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield.
Here is a photo that is a teaser for the trailer:
Bilbo looks properly awed, doesn’t he? (Courtesy of mymiddleearth.com)
More activities are planned for Friday, including the Second Breakfast, and Saturday, when the combined Bilbo/Frodo birthday celebration is set (they were said to be born on the same day some 78 years apart).
In the meantime, let’s enjoy more of that sexy, resourceful, tough and tender hero named Sergeant John Porter, shall we? Remember, Superman wears JP pajamas . . .
When I was in high school, my art teacher, Priscilla, had a reproduction of an ancient Greek sculpture of a man’s head that we drew in class. It was to help prepare us to draw portraits. We drew that head from every angle: the front, the back, the profile, and the last, the trickiest, was the three-quarter view. Those of you who have studied art will know what I mean. Because she stored the head in a coffeemaker box, we called it “Mr. Coffee.”
Looking at these screencaps from the SBviral vid, I am somehow reminded of Mr. Coffee. The sculpted planes of that face, the strong nose and jawline. Classical beauty with, in Mr. A’s case, a delightful asymmetry. And the sand and sweat and dirt can’t diminish it. In a way, they simply emphasize it all the more.
Oh, I do love your three-quarter view, Mr. Armitage. Even better than Mr. Coffee’s.
A post by gisbornesboy trying to locate the source of a particular GIF led me to this entry. Even if you’ve never seen Strike Back, don’t intend to watch Strike Back or simply haven’t visited this particular video in a while, you owe it to yourself to take only one minute and watch this, trust me.
It’s the SB Viral test video made by seanographic.co.uk.
Sean shot the video footage while a promotional photo shoot for SB was talking place. I swear, I can almost feel that gritty sand on my own skin. The earth tones, the sound effects, the editing and Richard’s brilliant acting all add up to one INTENSE minute. The video impacted me so strongly, I ended up writing a ficlet based on the video called Captive not to mention the fanart and GIFs based on it.
There’s just something about Richard’s alpha male characters when they are tied up, whether it’s to a bed, a chair, a tree or otherwise.
Trust me: I am really not into heavy bondage. I have no desire to pull a 50 Shades in RL. But in Fantasyland, one can contemplate what one might do before–or during–or after she rescues the big, strong man. Once there were The Perils of Pauline; here are some of the Perils of Porter.