Sir Guy & the Animal Kingdom


Ladywriter was watching her favorite TDHSK. He was sitting in the swivel chair, long legs propped on the end of the bed, a rotund black and white cat sitting in his lap. Sir Guy’s long, elegant fingers gently stroked the feline’s glossy fur.

“You really do like animals, don’t you, Sir Guy?”

He rubbed the bridge of his lovely aquiline nose before giving a slow, thoughtful nod.

“Yeah. I guess I do. You–you know where you are with animals, don’t you? You treat them well, and they respond in kind.” LW saw a far away look mixed with a flicker of sadness in his blue eyes. “It isn’t always true with human beings.”

Poor Guy, she thought. If only . . .

“No, it isn’t.” LW gave him a smile and inclined her head towards the purring three-legged butterball in his lap.

“But it’s clear Thumper appreciates your attentions.  As well as the rest of the pets here. And I truly  loved how you always gave Richie a friendly pat when you dismounted in Robin Hood.”

Sir Guy’s mouth curled into a sweet half-smile. “You noticed that, did you?”

“Oh, I’ve noticed quite a lot of things about you, my dear Sir Guy.”

She glanced down and giggled. “And now you’ve got Thumper doing that ridiculous rapid-fire sticking her tongue in and out thingy. She is certainly happy.”

Sir Guy gave Thumper an indulgent smile. “We understand each other, don’t we, my girl? Yeah. Animals are–animals are OK, Ladywriter.”






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. I too love how Guy gives Richie a pat when dismounting, and always wonder if it was an instinctive move on Richard’s part or a tip given by a wrangler. He makes it look so natural, as he does his horse riding in general.

    • For a guy who had some trepidation about riding, he certainly took to it splendidly well. I believe it was James Nesbitt that mentioned how good RA already was in the saddle when they started filming TH. I like to imagine those little pats are RA’s way of showing Guy’s appreciation of his horse. Who didn’t turn on him the way a certain faithless female did. 😦

  2. Do you read thoughts or something Angie? I just watched – for the umpteenth time – that episode you have featured in your top picture!! It is rather fascinating is it not – particularly if you slo-mo that bit! 😉 He does look quite gorgeous when he takes the armour off his arms and steps down from whatever he was standing on!

    I like the commentaries on the DVD’s but I do wish they would close-caption them as you miss so much of the repartee going on between those in the room. It is kinda cute when Lucy cheers as Richard enters the room on the “Sisterhood” episode. They have quite the giggle with eachother when the scene with the snake pit was being commented on but it was almost impossible to hear what was being said which is too bad. They certainly have fun together! 🙂

    • Teuchter, as a rule, I love commentaries, but I find the RH ones hard to listen to, everyone, except Richard, talking over one another, the actress who plays Djaq is the worst offender. Richard makes some interesting, often dry comments, but they’re lost to the viewer unless you are listening very carefully…with the rewind ready to go! Yes, I agree, Lucy seems to be really happy with Richard being there.
      I always like the N&S commentaries. Only three people, and easy to understand!

      • I really do think it’s better if you don’t have a room full of people for those recordings. It’s annoying not to be able to understand what is being said. I do love Lucy’s shout-out to Richard. 😉

        • I thought it pretty cute what Lucy said in one of them regarding the scene where she comes to confront Guy whether he had indeed been in the Holy Land, She blurts out, “This is my favourite scene in the whole series!” – or words to that effect! You hear Gordon Kennedy questioning that remark and teasing her and she gives this almost shy little giggle. I didn’t quite catch what Richard says to her even though I played it over a few times but I thought he might have said, “Is it because you kiss Richard Armitage?” I thought it cute that he referred to himself in the third person. Feel free to correct me if I got this wrong! The banter between them would be great if indeed we could hear what was being said. As you said – “Annoying”!!

          • They had such nice chemistry together onscreen and that seemed to extend into a genuine friendship. I believe Richard was a sort of mentor to Lucy. She did describe him, after all, as the best screen partner. And I am not sure what he said there in the commentary–my hearing is not as good as it once was and when there are too many voices competing to be heard, it’s hard for me to sort it out.

            • I recently found a number of quotes from people talking about Richard so I wrote them all down in a notebook where I keep other quotes, snippets of poems etc. So now I have a record of all the lovely things they had to say – from people like Hermione Norris, Orla Brady and quite a number of men like Dhaffer L’Abidine as well as Mike Milligan, one of the stunt guys from Strike Back!

              • I think it was Jane that pointed out how often even other men refer to Richard as a gentleman or a real gent, and you don’t see that so often these days–usually a man will call another man a “great guy” or something like that. It strikes me once again that he is a breed apart from the typical celebrity.

            • I was only guessing about the kissing bit Mezz, as I truly couldn’t hear what he said to begin with although that is what Gordon Kennedy teases her about, but he definitely called himself “Richard Armitage”!! I thought that was adorable. He is such a self-deprecating fellow. This afternoon I was re-reading the 2006 Woman and Home article called “Loves and Hates” on’s web site and one of his “hates” is watching himself on screen! The quote reads; “I hate the sound of my voice, the way I look, everything. It’s all completely excruciating.” So strange when these are two of his assets most talked about! Maybe it’s because he isn’t looking at it from a FEMALE perspective? 😉

              • A lot of actors don’t like the way they look or sound on screen, so that isn’t too unusual. He’s clearly not comfortable with the emphasis on his looks and sex appeal. As I mentioned elsewhere, I think he still sees himself as the tall, gangly kid with the outsized nose who felt like an outsider looking in. And of course, we all see the lovely swan he evolved into. I think he’s so determined to be good at his craft and be a detailed actor that’s what he’d prefer to focus upon rather than the exterior. But it’s awfully hard for us to overlook what a beautiful specimen of masculine beauty and sexiness he also is. 😉

              • Teuchter, I watched that episode again last night (like you, also for the umpteenth time)
                I love how Richard refers to himself in the third person, and I would guess to that he’s talking about kissing as well, although it is difficult to hear *sigh*
                Anyway, I’m happy to assume that premise! 😉

      • I really was annoyed when my RH boxset arrived and I realized that it had no audiocommentaries! 😦 It was my fault- should have made sure I was buying the right stuff! But I agree Mezz, it’s annoying when everybody talks at once and you can’t make out what they’re saying…I still want the proper RH DVD with audiocommentaries though…

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