Here’s to the Dreamers

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I made this video because I am so proud of Richard and happy–nay–thrilled–at his successes as he continues to go from strength to strength. It truly couldn’t happen to a more deserving individual.

I suppose as the release date draws closer, some ill-informed media person (I used to be a media person so I can take a few pot shots) will refer to Richard as an “unknown” who is getting his big break with his casting in The Hobbit.

There’s no denying playing one of the lead roles in a blockbuster movie–one that already has a huge worldwide audience eagerly anticipating it–is a big break, but that phrase almost implies he lucked into a plum situation.

I am not saying Richard hasn’t had some serendipitous moments in his career, but I believe he is where he is now due to a great deal of hard work, preparation and determination matched by an incredible talent. He kept plugging away even when no roles came from the auditions, when he had to lay floors and work front of house to make ends meet, not just for months, but for years.

There may be other actors who have as much natural talent and professional training and experience as Richard; I don’t think there are very many who take as full advantage of every “weapon” in their acting arsenal as Richard does.

I love that he doesn’t rest on the laurels of his considerable good looks; he makes use of every facial feature, of his posture, his walk, the way he holds his head, the way he utilizes that marvelous instrument of a voice with its deep, honeyed baritone. If the role calls for him to make himself look unnattractive at times (look at some of the screencaps of him as John Thornton thrashing the mill worker or Guy on any number of occasions, bless his heart). I suspect this is not an actor who insists being filmed only from his “good” side.

Whether the role is large or small or something in-between, I feel that I count on Richard to give his best, to make use of the expressiveness of his face, physique and voice, to make use of all the knowledge and wisdom he has accumulated over the years, the good years and the lean ones; in short, to give a performance worth our time and attention.

Sometimes I wish I didn’t find his characters so compelling; I imagine how much easier it would if I didn’t care so much or feel so gutted when they meet a terrible and unjust end. But I pause to reflect and I know how much I would hate to have missed out on the sublimeness of his Guy, Lucas, or Porter. Even knowing in advance the ultimate fate of Thorin, I nevertheless look forward with a child-like glee to seeing him on that big screen and hearing that wonderful, distinctive voice speaking and singing and entrancing me once more. Even knowing I will have to break out the Kleenex yet again.

Yes, Richard. I am proud of you, amd amazed by you. Amazed by your talent, charisma, masculine beauty, gentlemanly nature, modesty, intelligence and sense of humor. You are a dreamer who gave feet to his dreams through working and studying and doing his best. And I am so, so very happy to see your dreams coming true. I cannot wait to see the other wonderful things on the horizon for you.

Nobody deserves it more.

You can watch it here:
http://vimeo.com/36124303

About fedoralady

I'm an LA native--Lower Alabama, that is. My husband of more than 30 years and I live here on a portion of my family's former farm with two gorgeous calicos and a handsome GSD mix. My background is art education, and over the years I've been a teacher, department store photographer, sales associate and a journalist. My husband, his business partner and I have Pecan Ridge Productions, a video production company, for which I shoot & edit video and stills and manage marketing. I also still write part-time for the local paper. I love movies, music, art, photography and books, and my tastes in all of them are eclectic.

16 responses »

  1. I really like your vid. That must have been a steamy project. Some things do get better with age!
    I know a lot of people questioned the way he was killed off in Spooks series 9, but I think that he had the most spectacular exit in the shows history. That speaks volumes about his acting abilities.

    • Thank you. It is such a chore having to work my way through all those photos *cough* but I am willing to take one for the team, as it were. Yes, if ever there was a human example of things getting better with age, it is Richard Armitage. *thud*

      • It’s time consuming, but I’m finding that putting a vid together is a great excuse for gazing at hundreds of photos of Richard.
        Then again, since when do I need an excuse?! πŸ˜‰

        Love and saved this vid, angie.

  2. Beautiful words, lovely music, great video! Thank you, Angie. I’ve been watching Sparkhouse and noticed how different RA’s walk/posture were as John Standring compared to his Guy walk or Mr. T. walk. Amazing. It was an awe-inspiring, heartbreaking performance. I only wish he had more screen time. πŸ™‚

    • Yes, I knew you would be amazed once again at how he inhabited that character. John S., John T. and Harry were the three characters I saw after discovering Richard As Guy. Needless to say, I was gobsmacked! Apparently, Sparkhouse was the first audition he went to in character, and it worked! It think that role did help get the ball rolling for Richard’s career. It is an amazing performance.

      • All the way through I just wanted to give darling, loyal, steadfast John S. a big, big hug! Richard is so good at making you feel his characters’ pain! I felt so sorry for poor John because his feelings weren’t reciprocated. He hasn’t been very lucky in love as far as his roles go, has he, our Richard?Except for dear Harry of course. OK,he gets the girl in the end in North and South too but only after a lot of suffering and pain!

        • John S. is such a truly good man, a total sweetie, so much better a man than weedy Andrew ever was. *sigh* For such a gorgeous fellow with so much to offer, RA’s characters haven’t done well in matters of the heart. The only outright success is Harry and Gerri. (Thank goodness for Dawn French and VoD!!)

          And Margaret put poor JT through the hoops before finally coming to her senses.

  3. I remain amazed at his talent and dedication, how he makes even a small role memorable. Re. Thorin, I have seen people write about “spoiler”, but the arc is operatic. Even though you know the story and you know the hero (or anti-hero) is going to die at the end, it’s still dramatically compelling and of course, you cry. I really want to see him do the Richard III project. It would be lovely, though, to see Richard in a role where he survives right through the scrolling credits.

    • Yes, I would love to see his Richard III project come to fruition. There is no getting around the fact the man does die beautifully (except as the non-existent John Bateman :() and plays the tragic hero as well as anyone possibly could. But I really would like him to ride off in the sunset alive and well and with the girl he loves every so often.

  4. I would love to see him interviewed on Inside the Actor’s Studio. It’s a much more in-depth interview than the tvshow/red carpet kind of course and the kind of questions that are asked would give us so much insight into his thoughts about his craft, his memories and opinions of the roles he’s played and his dreams for the future. Plus the interviews are quite long, so we would get lots and lots of Richard. *grin*

    • Yes, wouldn’t he be great to see him on that programme… I’d love to hear his answer to the question “what turns you on?”…*blush*

    • I agree. He is such a fascinating individual and most interviews only scratch the surface. There are so many things I want to ask him (guess that is why I dream of interviewing him πŸ˜‰ )

      • Yes, they keep asking him about the circus in Budapest! πŸ™‚ OK, there are always some people who see him being interviewed for the first time so I suppose it’s for their benefit.. I personally find James Lipton rather irritating but I really like the concept itself. Angie promise me if you ever get to interview Richard you won’t ask him about the circus!!! πŸ™‚

        • I has sworn a blood oath that if I ever get the opportunity to interview Richard I will NOT mention the circus. If I am sick of it, I can only imagine how he feels. Not that he wouldn’t be gracious as always about it. πŸ™‚

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