Richard has appeared to retain the best part of being young–a sense of wonder, enthusiasm, a playfulness–without being childish (i.e., tossing cellphones at hapless minions, throwing temper tantrums and the like). He has a lovely sense of humor about himself and his image whilst still maintaining his keen sense of professionalism and dedication to the roles he plays. There are actors whose talents I admire; their characters, however, leave something to be desired. Richard is also a human being I can admire and respect for much more than his acting abilities.
No, I do not “know” Richard Armitage. I only know what I can infer from his interviews and what others have to say about him, and look at how he conducts his life, and make educated guesses. I go by gut instincts and by the genuine qualities I see in his smiles, his laughter and by the light in those beautiful eyes. The lines around them show a man who understands that life is indeed a banquet to be savored, to be appreciated.
He was a lovely younger man; he’s only grown more attractive with the years. Those four decades sit well on his broad shoulders. Richard grows older, as we all do; but I think he will never grow old.