He’s got the look. But which look for Comic-Con?


What will it feel like for me to be in the same room as Richard Armitage, “good Lord willing and the Creek don’t rise?” Will I feel as if I am in the presence of greatness? Will I be transfixed? Stand there with my mouth foolishly gaping open like a fish?

Will I start crying? I certainly hope not, as I am multi-orifice crier. My nose runs, I drool, and the tears course down my cheeks. Not a pretty sight.

Will I be so excited I have to suppress a stream of high-pitched giggles threatening to pour out of me?

Heck, I wasn’t even a giggly schoolgirl back when I still sported pigtails and kneesocks.  And now, here I am, 50-something, a “mature” woman, and I am as giddy as can be.

It’s not as if I haven’t covered events and talked to celebs and done interviews before. I am not a rank amateur, although Comic-Con will be on a grander scale than previous assignments.  But–it’s RICHARD.

And Richard Armitage is a game changer. You all know what I mean. Tattoos, kohl liner, long hair, wife beaters (tank tops, not guys who beat their wives), dwarf disguises, dodgy squirrel-like beards and manky wigs, con men and those of dubious morals–physical traits and characters that perhaps made you turn your nose up in the past, somehow do not diminish his aura, his presence, his IT factor.   He’s had it for a long time, it’s just taken the world a while to catch up.

From a slightly hazy snapshot that surfaced at RAFrenzy of  a 20-something Richard during the time he was performing as Angus in Macbeth. I think you can really see the devastatingly handsome man he is becoming.

Not only do I wonder how I will react, I wonder how Richard will look. Well, gorgeous obviously, and the hair will still be pretty short unless he’s letting it start growing out as the wrap on TH filming approaches.  But what about the facial hair?

Will he still sport his beard and mustache for Comic-Con?


Will he sport that sexy stubble?

Or will Richard be clean-shaven (the better to fly under the radar at Comic-Con)?

In a few weeks, I hope–I pray–I dream–to be able to tell you first-hand.  *SQUEEEEEEEE*

Angie’s Comic-Con Trip Fund is now set up and you can donate through PayPal by clicking the button on the sidebar. For anyone who prefers to send a contribution, please let me know. I’m flexible and I am very, very appreciative. Your good wishes, prayers and messages of support also mean a lot, so don’t think you are not helping me even if you have no funds to spare. And thanks to RAFrenzy for setting up the donate button for me.


Comic-Con (Photo credit: Scott Beale)

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.

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  1. Girl, I’m not going to be able to watch The Hobbit without crying and squealing the first time, (at least the first time!)! So I wish you a whole barrel full of luck when you see Richard in the flesh!!! Oh, wow, I want to tag along!!!

      • It’s okay to giggle hysterically, squeal, and cry for the next 6 weeks…by then you should have it all out of your system and be calm, cool and collected…right!!

      • It still sort of seems like a dream. I remember Richard saying the fact he was playing Thorin really didn’t sink in well on the set until he and his scale double and all the others appeared before PJ in their costumes. Maybe it will hit me on the plane somewhere over the Midwest, who knows? LOL

        • When I met one of my heroes, a world-renouned expert in his field, I was working. I felt like a mouse confronted with a giant. I must have trembled a little as I nodded weakly when I was assigned to look after him. It wasn’t a minute before he put me completely at ease. It’s a gift, and I imagine Richard has it, too.

  2. I have an idea you won’t care a button WHAT he will look like Angie!! Bearded, stubbly or clean-shaven! The fact that you will ACTUALLY see him and share the same air-space, as it were, will be enough! Just remember to BREATHE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😉

    • Yes, remember to breathe — and no fair hyperventilating. Wear your best smalls; he won’t know, but you will. That should get the blush out of the way before you’re actually face-to-face. We know you’ll “bring ‘im back alive.”

        • Start your packing list now: four days and an emergency outfit; your Rx kit; your makeup + moisturiser + toothpaste and toothbrush in a regulation quart-size ziplock; reporter gear; and laptop with necessary cables.
          You’ll be fine.

          • Yeah, I am already paring down what I will take. I found a travel size tube of scrunching gel the other day (don’t worry, when I use gel, it only enhances my waves, I don’t have gel head LOL) and I need to get a travel size bottle of contact lens solution . . . I have shampoo and conditioner in travel bottles already. I will choose two lip colors, my fav blush, tube of (waterproof?) mascara, eyeliner and tinted moisturizer. Try to keep it simple.

  3. I would love it if he were growing out the hair and sporting some stubble. I suppose it depends on how long it would take him to regrow the beard in case he is needed back in NZ for any pickups. Can’t wait for your report!

    • Yeah, just not sure what to expect. Except that he will be devastatingly handsome. Everyone who has met him says he is even more gorgeous in person, which amazes me. *thud*

        • Yeah, forget that bloody Christian Grey. Mr. A is the real thing in a gorgeous, sexy, charming man and he doesn’t go around getting his kicks out of beating the hell out of women. Do you know I got over 1,000 views yesterday on the posts related to that crap?? When will it ever END!!!

              • Hooray! I am so glad your blog really is educational. When people have told me “You have to read this!”, only once was I rewarded with an entertaining and thought-provoking book.

              • I think she needed someone to offer validation for her gut feeling that she shouldn’t waste her time and money on these books. She told me I allowed her to make an informed decision. 😀 Someone commented the other day they only made it midway through the books–“it’s like Twilight, the storyline is pathetic, the sex is repetitive . . . I gave up on it.” I honestly don’t know how that one commenter made it through all three audiobooks. She liked the books, at least what she had listened to up to that point, but admitted the narrator was very annoying and got on her nerves. Judit can attest to how awful the girl is, she’s listened to the samples.

              • She’s beyond awful- she’s terrible. Yet, when I looked her up on the internet (I think she’s on Twitter) a lot of people were congratulating her on what a great job she did narrating the audiobooks! I know, I know, there’s no accounting for tastes..But I find the audiobooks’ success frankly mystifying.

              • I find the success of the print version mystifying enough–I mean, REALLY–but having to listen to that girl for more than a few minutes would be pure torture in my opinion. Ah, I know–maybe these people are actually masochists! They take pleasure from pain. That would explain a lot. 😉

              • I still think a coupon for mental health services should be included with each copy. There’s masochism, and then there’s just good ol’ “personality disorder”.

              • I just don’t think I am ever going to understand the mania over these books. But then again, I don’t understand how the Kardashians got to be so famous and wealthy with no discernible talent or contributions to society. Someone whose claim to fame is a nasty-sounding sex tape and a ridiculously expensive wedding that was apparently little more than a publicity stunt is a fame w**re, along with the rest of her family. It shows the public’s sad-but-true appetite for cheap, third-rate “entertainment.”

              • Re. “It shows the public’s sad-but-true appetite for cheap, third-rate “entertainment.” “, I don’t understand either, and I’m not sure I ever will. It looks like humans have not changed all that much since the “bread & circuses” mentality.

              • @Leigh, what was the one time when you weren’t disappointed in the book people said was a “must read”?

              • “The Black Swan” by N.N. Taleb, a quite readable and interesting treatment of our perception of extreme and rare events. The author is a “quant”, a quantitative market analyst, so much of the book is couched in terms of finance, but it’s not limited to that. You don’t have to have any math background to enjoy it, but I think it helps.

              • The “bread and circus” policy is alive and well, it seems… And they keep calling the Kartrashian woman a “star”! Revolting really. Almost as bad as when they called a bank robber a “star criminal” on Hungarian TV! Now criminals are “stars” too? There was an episode in a “reality” programme “Come dine with me” where the invited guests were all “celebs” who served jail time! And this was showed in a prime time slot! Where do we go from here?
                @Leigh, I’m hopeless at maths so I think the Black Swan book would be beyond my understanding! 🙂

              • My husband looks at the Kardashians with their heavy makeup and lots of flesh on display–and Kim with her revolving door of men– and says, “Frankly, they look like a bunch of w**res to me.” I am afraid I have to agree. Yes, nowadays if you are in the spotlight for any reason, even if it’s illegal or immoral, you can be considered a celebrity. When I think of people who have real talent and imagination who struggle (as Richard did for so long) it makes me see red. 😦

              • It makes me angry, too, when people who are talented have to struggle to get work while the media squander attention on those who have nothing to offer. It galls me in the same way as a certain author getting piles of attention and money for rubbish while good writers’ work goes unnoticed. Yet there are people who can’t seem to get enough trash…

              • Yeah, that certain author had an incredible stroke of luck combined with media savvy in self-promotion. Her runaway success has certainly not been based on merit in terms of talent. Our culture has tremendous appetite for junk food of the literal and figurative sort.

  4. I fear he will be in full Thorin gear, so I am not really part of the discussion beard or no beard-look. Poor RA. I hope they will leave out some of the weights and he can move around to meet his extraordinary fan ;o)

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