Because there’s just too much ChaRActer goodness to stick with just one today. So here’s some Guy (and Marian), Lucas, Portah, Monet, Thorin and Mulligan!
Have you ever experienced the shock of seeing yourself in a photo or a video, and you know it can’t possibly be you. And yet, it IS you. Your face, your smile, your hair, your complexion, your mannerisms–you.
It’s a peculiar feeling.
doppelganger: a ghostly double or counterpart of a living person
In 1983, Lionel Richie made a video entitled All Night Long. I was teaching at the state school for the blind in Talladega at the time. One weekend, I stayed up to watch TBS‘s Night Tracks, the closest thing to MTV to which I had access in those days. And I saw Richie’s video. Something–or should I say someone–caught my eye in the vid: a backup dancer with short blonde hair. She looked oddly familiar.
She looked like—me. Hell, she looked more like me than I did!
Now, I don’t have an identical twin. But I do apparently have a doppelganger of sorts.
She popped up in several moments on the video, beginning with the opening scene: a shot from behind of a girl carrying a lunch box, dressed in denim shorts and a plaid shirt, walking to the right of the screen amongst the other dancers.
At 47 seconds, she reappears dancing a person or two behind Lionel, wearing an orange T-shirt, denim mini and a scarf around her neck.
At 1:08, there she is sporting jeans and a blue shirt and yet another scarf (the chick likes scarves, and–so do I). And again, same outfit, at 1:33.
A couple of very quick flashes of her and then she reappears by the steps looking up at the policeman at 2:54.
At 3:08 there she is to Richie’s left, wearing a sky blue mini and–you guessed it!–a scarf and a brown low-slung belt, pirouetting gracefully and smiling. Looks like she is having fun. You get quite a bit of my doppelganger over the next 12 seconds.
Now, I can only wish I had Doppelganger‘s dancing skills–and my legs and hips were never that slender, alas.
Still, she looks amazingly like me at that age (early 20s). Amazingly. It’s kind of–spooky.
My husband-to-be, with whom I had split during our college days, was out in California at the time undergoing AF officer training. Later, when we reunited, Benny mentioned to me seeing a certain music video that had really caught his attention. “I kept watching and scratching my head and wondering, ‘Hey, did Angie go out to California and become a–dancer??'”
Well, no, I didn’t. But there is someone out there who once looked more like me than my own flesh-and-blood relatives. I wonder what happened to Doppelganger, whether she continued in show business, if she has a famly, what she looks like now.
Little did she know she had a long-lost twin in Alabama all those years ago.
Some may argue with me, but Richard’s eyes definitely appeared to be green–a striking crystalline green– in much of Strike Back. We discovered just how flattering the camo colors–the olives, the khakis–were on Mr. A as John Porter, especially when set against the backdrop of the South African landscape. And, of course, the man really rocks the scarves. And the camo makeup. And pretty much–everything.
But, oh–those green eyes . . .
Munificent: ( adj.) extremely generous
Munificent is a word often used in reference to someone who makes large donations to a worthy cause–a munificent supporter of the American Cancer Society or the humane society or a college scholarship fund, for example.
But a munificent person can also be someone extremely generous in other ways: generous with their talents, creativity, time, compassion, kindness, friendship, humor.
Surely, then, our Richard is a not only amazing, marvelous and magnificent, but also munificent? Of course, he is a supporter of a number of charities himself and seems to engage whole-heartedly in efforts to help raise funds to “raise up Christchurch” after the earthquake in New Zealand.
Richard posing with an official at one of the Christchurch fundraisers he and fellow TH cast members participated in.
But he is munificent in other areas of his life, too. Witness the recent meetings with fans and their family members on the Black Sky set. Richard was under no obligation to take the time out of his busy work schedule to talk with fans, pose for photos and sign autographs. But he chose to do so in a truly munificent manner.
Lucy Griffiths described RA as a great screen partner. It seems he was munificent as he worked with this younger and less experienced actress. There was certainly a lot of enthusiasm in her voice when she talked about Richard (but then again, can we blame her?).
Screencap courtesy of RANet of Richard and Lucy as Guy and Marian in Robin Hood.
And our hard-working actor who keeps putting his all into his parts, who researches each role, creates bios for his characters, a man who has mastered sword fighting and archery and horseback riding and dealing with his water phobia, a man who can hair act–this, dear friends, is a man who is truly munificent with his gifts and talents. And we all benefit from his munificence, don’t we?
Richard Crispin Armitage: a munificent man in many ways.