It’s Hobbit-Eve: will our “powerful star” appear?

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The following is a quote from an article at TheOneRing.net, which is gearing up to kick off Comic-Con with a panel on all things Hobbit in the first hour of the first day of the event, no less:

“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.

The Hobbit (2012 film)

The Hobbit (2012 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

The Company of Dwarves from left to right: Nor...

The Company of Dwarves from left to right: Nori, Fili, Dori, Bofur, Gloin, Dwalin, Thorin, Balin, Oin, Bombur, Bifur, Ori and Kili. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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?

Comic-Con International is coming July 12-15 in San Diego and I will be there! SQUEE!

A huge thank you to everyone who has supported my Comic-Con Trip Fund. I have the biggest hurdles cleared–the plane ticket and the hotel–my way out there and back, free breakfast daily and a place to crash each night. 

 

 I’m still raising funds to be able to cover transportation to and from the convention center and hotel (just over 10 miles apart) and any of those unexpected expenses (i.e. the free food disagrees with my system and I have to buy some nosh along the way).  Any and all donations are much appreciated!

23 responses »

  1. Those beautiful biceps certainly fit the “powerful” image, don’t they? and that LBS is to die for 😉

    And that look on Martin’s face gets me every time! LOL…does he have a man-crush on our Richard, I wonder? 🙂

    That is definitely one cheeky look he’s wearing along with the tux

    I’ll have to stop ogling those gorgeous photos and read your post 🙂

    • If I were a guy and I was going to have a man-crush on anyone, it would be Richard Armitage. It makes complete and total sense to ME. The tux picture seemed perfect in the context of the post, as you will see when you read it.

    • KG,I’ve been thinking that ever since I first saw that picture of the two of them (that Martin has a crush on Richard!). Who can blame him? I’d have the exact same look on my face if I were sitting next to the Bearded Beaut…

  2. Even without his Thorin duds he still looks like the King under the Mountain to me in that top picture!! No wonder Martin seems lost in admiration! Who wouldn’t be! 🙂 Those massive shoulders, that manly chest and those incredible biceps all straining to burst out of that LBS! Then you have that wicked grin in the last picture! It’s ALL good I tell you!! 😀

    • And he looks like a powerful star, too! 😉 Strong and masculine and exuding the It Factor. It’s kind of like Martin is thinking, “I want to be him when I grow up” LOL That grin is irresistible. He’s so delicious, that man.

  3. Dear me, that’s a huge hall! 6500 seats? But will you as a press representative be sitting in the front? How many journalists will be there I wonder? Please Angie promise me you won’t get down if for some reason Richard doesn’t turn up…

    • That is why it’s called the halliest of the halls. 😉 There is a special place for the media, and I can only hope I am there since I am classified as a press associate. As to how many journalists, I have no idea, but quite a few, I am sure. Well, I can’t deny I will be disappointed if he isn’t there (and Tom HIddleston IS-sorry, TH shippers) but I think it will be a very interesting and entertaining experience nonetheless. And I should get some more info about The Hobbit to share with you all. . . . 😀

    • I have been to an event in an indoor venue normally used for basketball. At the time, it had 13000+ (that’s right, thirteen thousand) seats and it was full. I had never seen a crowd like that before and the energy was astonishing. The press was close to the speakers, a fair clutch of them.
      But with ComiCon attendance in the hundreds of thousands, you might want to be there as soon as they’ll allow you into the hall to be sure you can get a decent seat in the press area.

      • Oh, I will be there early. I would just hate to have to stand in line for hours and hours and camp out there overnight the way some attendees apparently do. I don’t think I’d fare too well if I tried that. They are expecting 165,000 people (no wonder I had a hard time finding a decent hotel room anywhere reasonably close that was in my price range.)

        • I had no idea that Comic con is that huge. I feel kind of sorry for Richard having to face such a crowd after hiding in Middle earth for so long!

          • I think he’s going to feel like he is discovering yet another whole new world. 😉 Yeah, it’s quite a big deal. It’s little wonder I had trouble finding a hotel reasonably close to the center that I could also afford.

  4. Hi Fedoralady,
    I hope you have a wonderful time at Comic-Con. My fingers nd toes are corssed, hoping that you get to see Richard Armitage in person. And I look forward to reading your essays about the whole event.
    Cheers! Grati ;->

    • Thank you, Grati. I am really looking forward to it and hoping the leader of our little community will be there front and center on Saturday. But whatever happens, I am sure I will have lots to talk about. 😀

  5. Oh Angie I hope Sir Guy is not reading over your shoulder ! I fear he will need a powerful tranquilizer next month. His Lady Writer is going to see Thoring Sexyshield !!!

  6. My imagination is running wild. My gut tells me he will be there. I just know he will be there. He will most likely be shy. He always seems a little shy.

    I am imagining him walking about taking it all in, Angie and him starting a conversation, she putting him at ease and getting the reeeel scoop of what it was like to work on this production, what he did to get into character, what he will be doing next. I am so excited. But no pressure Angie, just enjoy yourself. I am sure it will be a great experience.

    I know I sound like a broken record, but I so love those biceps on that press conference photo. He really is delicious.

    • There’s a reason why I run those biceps pictures quite frequently. It is simply an amazing image. Strength, beauty, the intelligence and wit seen in his features–it’s all good. Oh, I certainly imagine having little conversations with him in my mind. It’s hard not to do so. *sigh*

  7. I have a feeling he’s going to be attending, as well! I think he’s going to be a very busy boy over the next few months with all of the promoting for TH! Our shy guy will be a little nervous, but he can handle it. Richard has gotten progressively more confident as the years roll by. He’s a late bloomer, but I think that’s the time to bloom!

  8. Frenz’s gut says he’ll be there, so I’m willing to bank on it 🙂 Never known a womans gut to be wrong, plus if he doesn’t show, you’ll have someone to blame LOL!
    He’ll be there, Angie. We’re sending all our positive energy and willing the man to pack his bags and board a plane to San Diego!

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