What would YOU ask Richard Armitage?

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For quite a long time now, I have pondered various ideas in my head in reference to what I would ask in an interview with Richard Armitage. Now that there is an actual possibility I might get to ask him some questions (still trying to get my head around that one), the wheels are turning even more rapidly.

I know what I certainly do not want to ask him: the whole “running away to join the circus at 17”  chestnut that gets hauled out with appalling regularity.  How sick of that particular question is he, I wonder?

I have no particular desire to question him about the Armitage Army, either. I think that’s been done to death, too.

Of course, I realize that a lot of Americans who are not yet familiar with Mr. A might find these topics fascinating. Undoubtedly, as the media begins to skim over his CV, those questions will arise once again, and once again he will respond  in his usual gentlemanly way.

However, I think there are so many more things one could discuss with RA.  Here are a few of the ideas that have been kicking around in my head.

The process by which he prepares for roles: the creation of his backstories for each character and the background research involved and his preference for scripts based on novels rather than original screenplays. How does he prepare when scriptors throw a curve ball into what has been previously established about a character: Guy’s sister and his history with Robin, the whole Bateman storyline and Lucas, for example?

The psychology of acting: what measures does he take to keep his life in balance and his brain in a healthy place when he is playing a darker character for an extended period of time?

Dream roles: We know he wants very much for his Richard III project to come to fruition. Are there other RL or fictional characters he would love to take a stab at playing and why?

Thorin: The physicality of past roles, particularly Sir Guy and his swordfighting and horseback riding undoubtedly helped in prepping to play this warrior dwarf. In terms of the psychology of Thorin, getting inside the character’s head–which previous role most helped in preparing for this character? What did he perceive as the biggest challenge in preparing for the role?

The clothes make the man: how costumes help the development of the character. Think Thorin and his cravat, Sir Guy and his leather . . .

Audiobooks: how long does it typically take to create all the various voices for each character? How many times does he read the book in preparation for the recording? Does he read aloud to himself for practice. record his own voice for playback? Are audiobooks something he wants to continue doing?  If so, would he consider doing more unabridged books, as with LOTN? Is there a book (s) that he would love the opportunity to narrate? Is there a favorite character (s) from any of his past projects?

Handling the hoopla: He’s  a self-admitted shy, retiring soul who has been able to pretty much fly under the radar up until now in terms of the media. Now, he’s playing a major role in two huge high-profile films that are likely to become international blockbusters. Does he have strategies in place for dealing with being in the limelight to a degree he has never before experienced?

These are by no means all the questions and topics I would like to discuss with Richard Armitage. Heck, it would take far longer than what little time I might possibly have to cover everything I’d want to discuss with this fascinating man. But it’s a start.

So, my question to you is: what would YOU ask Richard Armitage?

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  1. Just with these, I’d say you have a good half hour of material if not more. He has alluded to the piles of books in his house. I’d like to know some of the titles, in his current pile(s) and what books he enjoys reading.

    In the current economy, many charities are suffering because donations are no longer as much or as many as they once were. We hope that fan support continues and increases. Will he be considering doing another spot similar to the one he did in aid of Children in Need?

    We have heard that he will be returning to NZ some time in 2013 to do some additional shooting. Is there something he would especially like to do while he’s there, apart from work?

    • Excellent questions. As I said, I could go on and on. I would love to know about the books he reads, music he listens to, his current favs in movies and television (assuming he gets to watch any).

      • Ah yes, that pile of books by his bed! I’ve often wondered about that too.. And just WHAT does he carry in that big old briefcase of his? Or is that too personal a question?

        • I have guessed at what’s in the briefcase, and I’m willing to bet I’m at least 80% correct. I sometimes carry a similar “portable file cabinet.”

          • One of the things I love about him in his faithfulness to his wardrobe and accessories. Well-worn jeans, boots, jackets-and that dear old slightly battered briefcase. I am sure that for years he had to wear things out as he couldn’t afford to constantly be buying new items. He doesn’t have to be so frugal now and he has added some new additions to the wardrobe, but he still sticks quite often with what’s comfy and familiar.

            • I think it’s not just the comfy and familiar. Sometimes you have things that suit you so well that you wear them until they’re worn through, beyond hope of repair. There’s no way to replace them. Anything you see in shops isn’t even close to the quality. So you just keep wearing what you have until someone takes it away from you, or until you look in the mirror and realise that you look pitiful.

              • Or in the case of my hubby’s Green Bay Packer lounge/sleepwear, it literally begins falling apart. There were holes and threadbare spots. He loved them so much he truly wore them out and finally had to retire them. I have to say they were well made to begin with.

  2. These are really well thought out questions, Angie! So much more intelligent and interesting than most of the questions put to him in many of his past interviews. I’m particularly interested in how he goes about preparing for and then actually reading the audio books. He once said he sat very still while he reads, so to me that makes it even more spectacular to realize that he has this incredible ability to convey all the drama with his voice alone. Truly an amazing talent! 😀

    I’M getting excited about the upcoming Comic-Con myself even though I will be no-where near the event so can’t imagine how you must be feeling!! You will be representing “our little community” so you will be going with all our good thoughts, wishes and prayers!! 🙂

    • Thanks. I may be blonde but I’m not a bubble head (or so I like to think). 😉 Sometimes the questions are just so lame or too vague . . . “Could you be a little more specific? I’ve got 40 years to talk about!” LOL I think Comic-Con is going to be quite an experience. And I will do my best to represent our little community well. 😀

      • “Could you be a little more specific? I’ve got 40 years to talk about!”

        I loved it when Richard gave that answer. It was so cute.

        Angie you are going to represent our community beautifully and intelligently. I have no worries about that. Liebling is going to be so impressed.

        • I loved that smile he wore, too, when he said that. And the glint in his lovely eyes. I wonder if the woman was a bit discombobulated.

          And thanks, I will try. 😉

  3. How about what his next project will be. Has he been looking over other scripts. Will he be taking a break for a while after spending so long filming The Hobbit. If a sequel was being planned for N&S would he be willing toi reprise his role as John Thornton. Does he most enjoy doing projects that are action packed like Spooks, Strike Back and The Hobbit, or would he be opened to doing something like a romantic comedy? Or a dramatic role? Of all the roles he has played which one is his favorite or which one is more like he is in real life. Would he move to Upstate New York and marry Xenia? Let him know that I don’t require much upkeep.

    I love Leigh’s question about what books he likes to read. I have actually wondered about that.

    • He has expressed a desire to do something “all about love,” and I don’t think anyone would argue with a lighter role in a well-written script as a change of pace for him–one where he lives through the final credits and gets the girl. 😉 He has said in the past he’s most like Harry Kennedy. *sigh*

  4. Angie, I just sent you the price of the necklace via Paypal. Will send you an email with my address tomorrow. What would I ask RA…Hmm, I’d ask him about theatre vs. film or TV acting. Michael Gambon says film acting is like walking on a line painted on the floor whereas theatre acting is like walking on a wire strung between two skyscrapers. Does RA agree with that? Oh and I’d also ask him whether he’d seen the Old Vic’s latest RIchard III production (though I very much doubt it because I think he was in NZ at the time) and if yes, what did he think of it. Also, are there any directors/actors with whom he’d like to work with in the future?

  5. Does he remember any Hungarian words and did he have time to explore the country a little bit while he was here for RH?

  6. I just read the beginning of the comment below by someone in a group about N&S. Please somebody talk me off the ledge. I wanted to scratch out the person’s eyes for making the below comment about Richard.

    ” I liked all the factory scenes of the adaptation. Daniela Denby-Ashe was a great Margaret and Brendan Coyle (love him in Downton Abbey as well) was a great Nicholas, but I didn’t like Richard Armitage (too angry, too seething, too one-note)…..”

      • Obviously they don’t! How sad that they are unable to appreciate such talent as he possesses!! *Trying hard to keep my claws in here!!!* 🙂

        • Sadly, everyone does not have the Good Taste Gene. I would be curious to know what actor this person would have preferred in the role. One note? Hardly. Some people wouldn’t notice subtle nuances (which we all know can be seen in this and any other performance by RA) if they were hammered over the head with a cast iron frying pan.

          • Yes, those lacking the Good Taste Gene might also suffer from a lack of sensitivity to the subtleties and nuances Richard brings to his performance. As someone I once worked with said, “All the sensitivity of a MilSpec toilet seat.” There are people like that; they can’t help it, poor things.

        • Well, Judit the person said she watched the movie so she must have seen the kiss at the end. All of us in this group are fans of the book and the movie. One other person had the nerve to agree with that comment too.

          • It is mystifying for us RA fans, but hey, wouldn’t it be boring if everybody agreed on everything all the time? I don’t think there’s ever been a performance by any actor ever, which was universally liked by everybody who watched it. 🙂

            • That’s a great point, Judit. It’s the same with other areas of the arts, music, dance, literature . . . One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. A great film to one is a stinker in another’s eyes. I read the comments on various films at IMDB and clearly everyone doesn’t think alike about performances, scriptwriters, directors, cinematographers or anything else! 😉

              • Yep, there is nothing that everyone likes. Even if they can’t really back up why they think so, invevitably someone will say ‘this movie sucks!” 😉

  7. All wonderful questions that I’d love to know the answers to! Maybe you could invite him back to your home for some lessons in Southern Hospitality!

  8. I love all these wonderful questions! If you even get half of them answered it will be the best interview EVER! Besides those questions, I also wonder who or what might have inspired him to go into show business? Who were his favourite actors from his youth?

    • I think we, the authorities on all things Richard, would do a heck of a lot better than some of the media types. And I have wondered the same thing, Phylly. Who was/were an early inspiration (and God bless them for being so!)?

  9. Excellent questions. Many things to ask him that haven’t been asked as to his work and career. I would asked if he used any, or what skills he used, from his musical theater training and experience for The Hobbit (since there is singing involved among other things). Does his dance training and experience help him with the swordfighting and action sequences on screen, film or TV.

    Congrats Angie – what an opportunity!

    • Thanks, Fabo. Great questions of your own. I definitely think his dancer’s background (and he did some choreography, too, as I recall) makes a big difference in his performances on screen in action/fight scenes. It is not unlike a dance when you watch him. I thought his work in Strike Back actually improved the way he moved on Spooks in his last series. Such grace and economy of motion.

      • When those fight/action sequences are slowed down, they do look like a dance. Just watching him move is spectacular! Richard is so graceful, smooth and strong!

  10. Will he marry me? Does he want me to have his baby? Oh no, wait, that wouldn’t be professional. lol

    I have noticed that he always makes such an effort to answer even the silliest questions. He takes them all seriously and tries to provide a good answer. What a gent.

          • Clearly, he was well brought up by good parents. He has mentioned that he is a “people-pleaser” by nature, but there are times when I can see in photographs that his good nature is being tested. There is a Porter-esque look in his eyes that warns not to mess with him.

              • I am sure it will. But perhaps this can also be a good learning experience for him–a sort of trial by fire. And at least he doesn’t have to deal with horrid scriptwriters as in Spooks, so it could be worse. 😉 Just deal with a few inept journalists and the like LOL

              • I am both hoping and dreading he will do a lot of US talk shows in promotion of The Hobbit. Any chance to see him out of character is a treat, but US talk shows, especially morning ‘news’ shows, tend to come up with the most insipid, thoughtless questions, like the most research they’ve done with the interviewee is read the first two sentences of their IMDB bio, and they all act like no one ever before has been clever enough to come up with such a lame question.

              • I feel very much the same as you do, Dawn. Again, it sometimes seems as if people are hired more for their looks and “bubbly” personalities than for any actual journalistic chops. And it’s patently obvious some of them haven’t gotten any farther than the damned circus reference. *rolls eyes* And Richard deserves SOOOO much better treatment than that.

              • I read somewhere recently that Kathy Gifford asked Martin Short in a morning show interview how his wife was doing..apparently unaware of the fact that the poor lady passed away 2 years ago! And then she had the cheek to apologize to him on Twitter!!! Unfortunately that’s the sort of interviewer RA will have to face…

            • Yes, he is a credit to his family. But everyone has their limits. My husband is one of the most amiable fellows you will ever meet, but there’s only so much even he is willing to put up with. And I find myself losing patience with people in the media who apparently got their jobs based on their looks or who they knew rather than their competency.

              • Right there with you. That’s the kind of thing that brings out my Inner Guy. (Sorry, no “inner goddess” here. The goddess simply is, from Bast to Ereshkigal, Aphrodite to Kwan Yin. But in me there is definitely an Inner Guy, at times just raging to get out.)

  11. I recommend you write these down and be as specific as you can because nerves are bound to get the better of you when you’re in the same room….

    • Welcome RAnewcomer, and thanks for commenting. Oh, don’t worry. I will have a reporter’s notebook with me along with my crib notes and my various other reporter paraphernalia. I will narrow my choices down to what I think are the best questions. I’ve done this sort of thing many times before–only never with someone I have such a ridiculous crush on as I do on RA. 😉

      • Am so looking forward to your report – it will be so great to have him answer question from someone who actually knows something about him. I think the psychological questions about acting are the most interesting. To me he has been Thorin for 18 months, and I think he started using a deeper voice along with the beard, and this is also why Richard isn’t really in the production videos, Thorin has been (except for the Powhiri and moments so far bit). Am not sure how it will now work when he presumably will have time away from set but could be called back to do bits and pieces of Thorin.

        • Thanks! I think we first started seeing Richard channeling his inner Thorin in that magazine shoot with the black and white image of him in full roar. He was getting his fierce on. And then at the press conference, he definitely was exuding that Alpha male warrior aura. The deeper voice, the beard, even the emphasis on his age and references to being middle-aged. I think that was a conscious effort to allow the skeptics to see he was old enough, certainly not just another pretty face and indeed, the right man for the role.

          I have missed seeing him in the production videos just as everyone else has, but we all know he tends to prefer to stay in the background, as maddening as that can be to some of us. And as one of the lead actors in the movies, I sincerely doubt he has had a lot of time to take people on tours of his trailer and so forth. He’s been busy acting.

          If he has been in full Thorin mode while on the set these past 18 months, it may be that he and/or Sir Peter haven’t wanted to “break the spell” by featuring Richard to any great extent in the video blogs. I will be extremely curious to see his “look” and his demeanor at Comic-Con. Will he still be channeling his inner Thorin? What will his next projects be–will the fact he still may be called back for additional work on TH affect the roles he takes? . . . oh, there is so much I would like to know.

      • If you giggle or stare for a second, he’ll probably think nothing of it. I bet he’s had a lot of that. We’ve even seen it! He’ll probably try his best to make you feel comfortable! Everything we know of him makes me believe he’ll be kind and considerate. You’ll probably just fall harder for him. 😉

        • I am sure he’s quite accustomed to it, our Stanley Stunning. 😉 I’ve always tried to do the same. Make the person I am interviewing feel very comfortable in my presence. After all, you’re sometimes getting them to open up about some very personal matters. They have to feel they can trust you.

  12. What are his favourite cello pieces (to play and to listen to), and regarding Richard III, would he follow Patrick Carleton’s version in “Under the Hog”, where Richard kills the princes, or Sharon Penman, for whom Richard is the perfect hero?

    • Wonderful questions, Nietzsche. I watched “Anonymous” and thought about how Shakespeare (or whomever actually wrote the plays) really did pander to Good Queen Bess in his slant on history. It would be interesting to know just what vision he has for his Richard III. By the way, anyone interested in alternative views of RIII might also be interested in the wonderful Josephine Tey book, “The Daughter of Time.”

      • Yes, great questions. Re. “Anonymous,” that screenplay played fast and loose with real history, even if it was entertaining. Shakespeare or whoever not only pandered to the Tudor vision, but also to King James.

        Josephine Tey’s book was what got me interested in doing historical research by going to original sources where possible. She makes a persuasive argument that RIchard III had no motive for murdering his nephews.

        • Oh, yes, it was an entertaining film, but definitely not one to take as the gospel truth. I discovered Josephine Tey’s books and proceeded to read them all. I very much enjoyed her writing, and TDOT got me very intrigued about the real Richard III. It’s a shame she didn’t live longer and get to write more novels, but I have re-read Brat Farrar, A Shilling for Candles, To Love and Be Wise, The Franchise Affair all a number of times.

        • Must admit I have never heard of Josephine Tey.. Thank you for the recommendation, Angie and Leigh. I have Sunne in Splendour but haven’t got round to reading it yet, I haven’t even finished North and South.. And in the meantime I have started reading Cold Comfort Farm..It is funny but I find it tough going because of the vocabulary she uses. Lots and lots of words that I have never come across before. Sukebind, mollocking and the like. 🙂

          • I’d forgotten how many of the words would not be in common usage or in a dictionary. Sukebind a wild vine with pretty flowers, but highly invasive and aggressive, not something you want in your garden.

            • In the beginning I was trying to read it with a pen in my hand underlining all the unfamiliar words but I’ve given that up know as it takes the pleasure away from reading. And here I thought my vocabulary was pretty good for a non-native speaker! Ha! As if! 🙂

              • Your vocabulary IS very good indeed. Even most native speakers would not know many of the words in “Cold Comfort Farm”, not unless they came from that particular district in England. Part of the point of the book is that the heroine, coming from London, really hasn’t a clue what the farm folk are saying a lot of the time, but she presses forward.

          • I just put Josephine Tey’s name on my list of authors to look for at the library or bookstore! Thanks!

            • I read one novel by her, and liked it so much I ended up reading them all. She died rather young. It’s a shame she didn’t get to write more books. There is actually a mystery series being written that features author Tey as the sleuth. 😉

  13. You have a great list of topics and questions. Gosh, I seem to have 101 questions about the audiobooks alone. Odd, you’d think I’d focus on something one could see him perform. I admit I am not a huge audiobook listener, but I don’t recall listening to any with such a large number of characters, and characters from diverse backgrounds, as those he has recorded. Does he record it in the order written, or does he do all the lines of one character in a row? I doubt it is the latter, but that makes it more impressive to me, if he can change into each character as he goes. I, too, would love to know what he’s listening to and reading, favorite movies, etc. For future projects, would he like to keep doing film or find a good TV show, or perhaps take a turn or two on stage again? (Not necessarily a musical, though I think he would have made a great Chauvelin in The Scarlet Pimpernel.) Since Comic Con is sort of a nerd fest, what is the nerdiest thing RA has done? If he had to don a disguise to roam the exhibitor floor without being mobbed by fans, what would his disguise be? I would ask him if he wanted to re-enact some of the last few minutes of “North and South,” and then I would make him laugh by instructing him to take Margaret’s role while I acted Henry’s part. 😀

    • Re. “If he had to don a disguise to roam the exhibitor floor without being mobbed by fans, what would his disguise be?” Heh-heh. I can just imagine Richard with a baseball cap worn backwards, nerdy heavy-rimmed eyeglasses on a strap, unshaven, in a hideous tee shirt with clashing graphics, a tummy pad to create the impression of a beer belly, ill-fitting cargo shorts in a camo print that doesn’t go with the shirt , white cotton sweat socks, and really ugly, very expensive trainers. Or in the uniform of a security guard. It’s hard to hide that much gorgeous man, but he could play those roles if he wanted.

      • Was that a disguise that was supposed to make him appear unattractive? 😉 I am going to be on the lookout for any especially tall men, then. His height may indeed pose a challenge; I know Elijah Wood wore a stormtrooper mask one year, Simon Pegg a Spiderman mask another year, and Sam Raimi went full tilt in a Zorro costume. Hmmm, now am imagining RA in a Zorro costume…

        • “Zorro costume” … be still my heart **purring, drooling**

          I was thinking how to camouflage the beauty, but I wasn’t thinking full-head mask.

          • I’m thinking not just height to look for, but physique–unless he is wearing something voluminous or has in some other way disguised their appearance, I think I might recognize those peaches and thighs anywhere. Not that I’ve studied them a lot or anything. But as highwayman Guy demonstrates, he is adept at disguises when he wishes to be. 😉

              • Seriously? You want to start the biggest riot San Diego, or the entire West Coast, has ever seen and get the poor man killed in the process? That’s not what I’d suggest if he just wanted to look around the convention.

            • That’s why I said tummy pad and really hideous cargo shorts, the loose kind that come down just below the knee — you could hide almost anything under there. I also said security guard uniform, because no one looks at them or the janitorial staff; they’re just fixtures. As for concealing height and physique, he could go the other way. I’ve seen Klingon warrior costumes with platform boots, and at maybe 6’5″, that distorts the image enough to fool the eye.

              • Erm, Leigh I beg to differ… I WOULD definitely look at the security guard or janitor if he was as tall and handsome as Richard! The security guard at the bank on the ground floor is an extremely obese young man, I do wonder occasionally what would he be able to do in case of a robbery.. He has difficulty moving about.

              • Perhaps the security staff in Hungary is less ubiquitous than in the U.S., but at some events I’ve attended, you couldn’t see them for the crowd even though there were lots of them.

              • Bank on the ground floor of the office building where I work, that is…
                Leigh, you can’t even see the very TALL security guards at those events? 🙂 In Hungary, the security guards at events (such as rock concerts or sporting events) all look very similar: tattoed, muscled brutes with clean shaven heads. They look well scary, are very rude and don’t speak languages. They confiscate your sandwhich or bottle of water at the entrance (“house rules”- i.e. they want you buy food/drink inside the arena for 3 times the price!)

              • In the U.S., 6’2″ is not unusually tall, especially among those of Anglo-Saxon descent. A basketball player might stand out, but it’s not like Andalucia, where a man over 5’9″ would be considered tall and anyone taller than 6′ would be readily visible in a crowd.

              • As Leigh said 6’2″ in America is not unusually tall here at all. It is quite common, but I would say that it is true whether or not you are black or white. I find tall men to be within both races of people here. Richard’s height would not stand out here at all. His beautiful face will though. 🙂

              • Now a lot of basketball players are over 6’6″. A player who is “only” six feet tall is on the short side compared to many players.

              • Yes, that’s what I was thinking (obviously…) when I was watching an NBA match with my nephews. That even Richard would have to look up to most of these players! 🙂 Another scary thought occurred to me when I was watching Maria Sharapova (no.1. female tennis player in the world) play..She’s 6’2″ so she’d be taller than Richard in high heels! No wonder she’s engaged to a basketball player!! 🙂

            • You can be sure that if a role demanded it, he would. I’d love to see him do a film of Isabelle Allende’s “Zorro: la Leyenda Comienza”. Diego de la Vega is a bit of a nerd to start with, but grows into the role as the story unfolds.

    • I recall him saying something about being an architect because as a teenager, he filled notebooks with plans. He also said how much he disliked being an estate agent.

      • Yes, now you that mention it Leigh, I can remember reading somewhere that he’d have liked to be an architect. Luckily for us, he chose the acting profession and stuck with it! 🙂

        • Yes, and he built bookcases and laid flooring. Quotes indicate he still enjoys DIY projects. He’s his own gardener at the London house, although I hope he’s had someone tend it while he was in NZ.

        • I think he did whatever was necessary (within reason, of course) to keep a roof over his head and food on the table while still pursuing an acting career. No one can fault the man’s work ethic.

  14. Ask him if he likes Indian food. I am making some today and will have plenty to share. Ask him if he is dating anyone right now and if so how has she been dealing with him working on The Hobbit for 18 months. If he is not dating anyone who is special, ask him if he finds dating harder now that he is so much more accomplished as an actor. Nonchalantly slip my name into the conversation. If he then asks you what is a Xenia slap him for me (not hard though, of course). Sometimes people cannot believe that Xenia is really my name. One time this one person thought Xenia could not possibly be my first name and that my last name must be my first name. So she called me Allen. I did not take that well since I did write Xenia Allen, not Allen Xenia. Or sometimes a person will see my full name Xenia Cecilia Allen and then skip the Xenia and call me Cecilia because they are stumped by Xenia. What does all this have to do with RA? Not a thing. I have no idea why all this just came into my mind.

    • We musn’t put too much pressure on Angie..:) Btw, Hungary had a very good hurdles sprinter in the 80s called Xenia Siska (that was her surname) so I’ve always known it was a real name! 🙂 It was quite an unusual name at the time admittedly but it made her stand out!

      • No pressure Angie….LOL I love the name Xenia Siska. 🙂

        I attended a wedding yesterday afternoon, so guess who was imagining herself up at the altar with Richard as she sat in the pew seat. 🙂

        • One of my primary school classmates was Russian and her name was Xenia. The teachers had trouble with it at first, but she corrected them. Apparently, it’s a fairly common girl’s name in Russia.

  15. Hi Angie,
    I’m a huge admirers of your amazing videos on Richard (thank you ! they give me joy and energy to go to work every morning) ! and I’m glad that you can go there to maybe interview him. I’m sure he will have interesting questions from your part !
    I have some questions to propose, if you find some of them interesting, I would be glad :
    Has he already received interesting proposals from other famous Directors since he got his role of Thorin in the Hobbit ?
    Would Richard would be interesting in playing with other European Directors ? in which countries ? does he know French movies and is there any French Director he would like to work with ? could he be ready to play in French for a movie ?
    I loved him in his role of “Monet”and I read that he did some paintings himself. Does it mean that he is interesting in Painting in his personal life ? if yes, who are his favorite painters ? Is he aware to be “himself, the man and actor” such a source of inspiration for many artists (writers, painters, videos makers, etc) ? (I personally started drawing because of him)
    Do we have a chance to see him in a play in London soon ? Would he be ready to sing in musicals like Hugh Jackman on stage recently ?
    I wish you the best for your trip and If you can talk to him, I will follow your report with a great interest!; ))

    • Thank you, Joane. 😀 He really was excellent as Monet, wasn’t he? He really captured the passionate, intense spirit of the artist. And it is simply amazing how many people he has inspired in so many creative ways. 😀

  16. Qu How long was the wait between auditioning for the role as Thorin and hearing that you had been successful and what problems if any did this cause?

  17. Hi Angie,
    Thanks for all the terrific videos and stories! 🙂 It’s absolutely wonderful that you are going to get to do something the rest of us are dreaming of doing! I’m looking forward to your reports. We all get to live vicariously through you. 😉

    When thinking about what questions to ask him, the ones I have wouldn’t make for good public conversation. [hee hee] But I think you’re on the right track with “the psychology of acting” and “dream roles” ideas. Maybe even something along the lines of what’s next for him. You’re going to want to make your questions something others haven’t ever thought of before (because, as you mentioned, they don’t read past the top 3 lines of his CV!) so that they stand out. Although, he is such a gentleman that he’ll answer anything graciously, if a bit cheeky. 🙂

    You’ll do us proud, just by being there. We’ll all be sending you calm vibes, and “get really close to him” vibes, too. 😉

    Good luck!

    • Thanks so much. I will do my best to keep everyone posted. 😀 And I love that bit of cheekiness showing through in his gentlemanly nature at times. Send all those welcome vibes!! I will happily take them. 😀

  18. It seems like you’ve done an excellent job of devising questions, but I’d love to ask him if he’s really serious about adapting Master i Margarita to film. It’s such a HUGE work, I can’t imagine being able to do it justice in just one film. I’d also like to ask him if he’s read Lermontov’s A Hero of Our Time, one of the first Russian novels to feature the anti-hero and if he would contemplate adapting that particular work to film. He’d make a perfect Pechorin…

    • I just purchased the Master and the Margarita. I haven’t read it yet but I plan to as part of my Goodreads 2013 challenge. It does not look like a book that I would normally read, but I still forward to reading it.

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