“Staffers have been calling the current period of less-than-six-months before “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” Hobbit-eve and this annual popular-culture convention may serve as something of a kickoff to the mainstream or casual fans that the big event is on its way this December 14th.
Saturday, July 14, Warner Bros. has a three-hour block of time reserved in the 6,500 seat Hall H, where everybody fully expects an official Hobbit presentation. Since Hobbit principal filming wraps around the first week of July, and Billy Connolly says the wrap party is scheduled for July 7, rumors are swirling that some principal figures from the cast may attend that presentation including Richard Armitage and Martin Freeman. Part of the job of being in the movie is promoting it and word on the street is that WB will start its massive campaign at Comic-Con with powerful stars. “
I added the italics, the bolding and the red ink to emphasize those last couple of lines. Richard Armitage, a “principal figure” yippee! (as indeed he is. There may be better-known actors reprising roles from LOTR, but Martin, Sir Ian and Richard are the stars of the show, I reckon).
No formal announcement has been made yet of the content of WB’s three-hour block on Saturday, but undoubtedly, as expected, there will plenty about The Hobbit. I fear if there was not the geekapalooza could turn into a blood bath. Hell hath no fury like fanboyz and gurlz denied their hobbity fix. I can only hope RAFrenzy’s gut feeling is true and Richard will indeed be there as the world’s tallest and sexiest dwarf.
The above quote also emphasizes something else we’ve been discussing–that part of an actor’s job is to promote the project. Whether they like and enjoy that aspect of their profession or not, they are expected to share the anecdotes and press the flesh on morning news shows and evening chat shows, to attend various events tied into the production, and generally make nice with various members of the media. Sir Ian is no longer a young man, and I would expect such appearances to be more limited in nature for our good Gandalf the Grey.
Martin as THE Hobbit and Richard as THE King Under the Mountain would be perfect ambassadors for this film.
I’m hoping our Richard won’t find the process too excruciating. If he were undergoing this, say, ten years ago, I’d be more worried. Just as he has grown ever more attractive, Richard seems to have likewise grown more confident, poised and comfortable in his own beautiful skin as the years have passed as an individual and as an actor. I am hoping all his experiences–good, bad and indifferent–will help him go from strength to strength in every area of his professional life.
It could be getting the big break when you’ve got 40 years to talk about is exactly the right time for it to happen. And Comic-Con could be the right place for Richard to wow the thousands who will fill the hall that morning, and millions more who will experience this amazing actor via the internet. We all know how very charming, erudite, witty, gentlemanly and purely gorgeous he can be. Gandalf may be the wizard, but if the man who plays Thorin wants to cast his spell over the entire hall with that It Factor, he can do it. That’s the power of the Armitage Effect.
S0—will I be seeing him wow the crowd on July 14?