I know you are having a fabulous time on the other side of the world in New Zealand. You’ve traveled quite a lot to shoot your various projects–Budapest, South Africa, Moscow, and various locations around the U.K., to name some of your destinations–but there’s been nothing like your experience across NZ as you shoot a major role in two huge films virtually guaranteed to be hits. No pressure on you, right? 😉
Seriously, Richard I have absolutely no doubt you are going to be incredible as Thorin and I totally believe the buzz about you, Richard Armitage, being the biggest break-out star from the films. I know you are a level-headed guy and you keep that head endearingly unswelled–but deep inside, do you feel a real sense of excitement and anticipation over all the possibilities that lie before you for your career, for your life? Do you have to pinch yourself on occasion to make sure it’s not all a lovely dream?
My hope is that lots of interesting and varied projects come your way in the wake of this iconic role–a character you have loved since childhood–roles that will offer plenty of challenge and satisfaction to help you stretch yourself as an actor and to enjoy the journey as you do so. Happiness–that is what I wish for you, happiness in all facets of your life. You’re more than a fine actor, you are a very special human being, and the admiration and affection you inspire in us makes us want the world for you.
I was quite tickled to see you taking photos in that last videoblog. I am glad you are getting some time to play tourist amidst all that hard work. There is certainly plenty of scenic locales and breathtaking natural beauty to stop and appreciate. The Kiwis seem most friendly and hospitable and I am sure you are storing many amazing memories that will last a lifetimes.
I know it’s probably an exhausting shooting schedule but I hope when you fall into bed each night it is with the satisfaction of a job well done– a job you love to do. I imagine a tired but happy smile stretching across that lovely face as you close your eyes . . .
God bless you, Richard, and I hope you enjoy what I assume will be an Easter break. Take care.
Your ardent admirer,
PS We really wouldn’t object if you appear in the next videoblog and even say a few words. In your nice, deep, authoritative Thorin voice if you like. Just a thought.