Richard has sometimes said it’s just the characters that women are attracted to and find so irresistible. Bless your modest heart, Richard, of course we fancy Luscious Lucas, Passionate Mr.T, Gorgeous Guy, Sexy Sgt. Porter et al. But you, my dear, aren’t exactly chopped liver.
I have for consideration two photos of Richard. One was taken backstage at the BAFTAs, a wonderful candid moment when someone has apparently told a cracking good joke. The other is a studio shot.
I believe we will all agree Richard looks movie-star handsome in a tux. He was made to walk a red carpet. What I love about this pose is the way he’s got those long, long legs folded up and that huge laugh that you know has to be genuine. And those hands. The hands in a photo are always a bonus, don’t you think? I wonder if he’s giggling a bit in there, too. He looks comfortable, relaxed and happy.
In the other photo, it’s the bared forearms that get my attention. The softness of his smile with both a suggestion of the tease and a hint of shyness in it. The glint of humour and bonhomie in those amazing blue eyes. He looks like an interesting guy I would like to sit down and chat with over a cup of coffee. Maybe buy him a chocolate iced doughnut in hopes he’d lick some stray icing off his fingers. Well, a girl can dream, can’t she?
Anyhow, Richard, we adore the characters; but we also like what we perceive to be the real man behind all those amazing creations.