Sunday Smorgasbord: Late Night Snack


But remember, it’s calorie and fat-free.

This is one of my favorite bearded red carpet photos. Those eyes . . .

Sir Guy, my eye is often upon YOU!

Based on a photo in the German version of The Hobbit calendar. It’s so easy to forget he’s a dwarf when you see him in shots like this. He looks so very–regal. And in command.ย  Of course, dwarves do not think of themselves as vertically challenged, anyway. Good for them!

Do I detect a hint of manly stubble in this (one assumes) recent photo shoot entry?ย  loving the elfin ears and, as ever, those blue eyes . . . Cropped from an Us Weeklyย scan on RANet.

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  1. If that US Weekly pic is a new one, it’s so unfair! How do men age and manage to look YOUNGER all the time? Impossibly cute, although, I kinda miss the waves he was sporting in the Black Sky pix that have circulated ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I think it must be a new one (we know he’s shot some according to Tweets by various publications) and the hair looks brown rather than blackish-brown and at least a bit wavy here.

      They may have touched his face up a bit–hard to tell when it’s a scan of a mag as the original one was–but stlll, the man is aging like a fine wine!! Yes, I agree–most unfair. *sigh* I was just thrilled to see a new photo!

      • It does still have a bit of wave, though quite a bit shorter than this summer. He looked really young in the set candids that fans took this summer too, so they may not have retouched too much. Thorin is cool, but it is lovely to see a new pic of Richard without all the prosthetics. ๐Ÿ™‚ There should be many more in dashing formal wear too very soon *salivating*

        • I think his hair is like Benny’s, the wave shows more the longer it gets.

          Yes, we saw boyish Armitage this summer on the set, didn’t we? *sigh* I know his face must have said “thank you” having a chance to be prosthetics-free after a year and a half, not to mention the three hours daily in the makeup chair.

          He mentioned on the US page the prosthetics were “tough on the old face,” with the “only bit being me the mouth and chin. And the beard.” When asked about being mobbed by the Hobbit crowd, Richard said, “I am waiting to see if people actually recognize me. I don’t recognize myself!” ๐Ÿ˜‰

          Yes, I have been parched for a new photo of the “real” Richard, so this was welcome indeed. With the upcoming premieres and the promise of more magazine photo shoots appearing, I suspect we shall soon feast upon images of the dazzling Mr. Armitage in all his natural beauty and glory. *squeeeeee*

  2. It’s already Monday morning, and Lucky and I are up, so this is my virtual chocolate brioche to go with my coffee. Yummmmm…

    Yes, I too am looking forward to seeing more pictures from interviews and the red carpet. Of course, those prosthetics and the glue used to keep them in place is tough on the skin, but at least he’s getting a long break before he has to do it again. If he gets nominated and goes to the Oscars, the beard will be back so he can have it in Thorin shape in time. Whatever his regime is, he looks wonderful. Those pictures fans took of him on the “Black Sky” location were charming — no retouching, no airbrushing, just Richard.

    • Yes, I am glad he got a breather between the end of principal shooting and the return for shooting those additional battle scenes. Time for that beautiful skin of his to rest and recover. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I like to think the moisturizing and simply living a good, healthy lifestyle help keep him looking so well. Some actors who do more carousing, shall we say, pay for it in their looks. Charlie Sheen suddenly pops into my mind. After a while, it takes its toll on the young and beautiful, too.

      Yes, you felt in more ways than one you were getting a glimpse of the real Rich, didn’t you? The nice guy-next-door it would be a pleasure to know.

      • I love the untampered pix…the laugh lines around his eyes are gorgeous. Why editors are compelled to take them out baffles me.

        • Baffles me, too, and apparently it baffles Richard, too, based on a comment he made in a Spooks interview about them always coming to cover up the lines and fluff his hair. On the other hand, it would be somewhat incongruous for Lucas to have those laugh and smile lines.

        • Me, too. The ones where he is so heavily Photo-shopped aren’t as appealing to me. Takes away some of his uniqueness and character. But then look around at the majority of magazines. Everybody is Photoshopped. I was looking at EW recent reunion issue with the casts of a number of movies and TV shows, and I did double takes at some of the photos. I am sure some people had had some actual tweaking done surgery-wise, but some of the images just looked like they’d been touched up. You know, if it’s been 20 years since your show went off the air, you’re probably not going to look exactly the same.

          • Between the “work” people have done, retouching and airbrushing (right on their skin!), and Photoshopping, it’s a wonder that any of the actual person comes through in these photographs. That’s why I like the candids and amateur photos of Richard, because you see the man as he is, without the “packaging”. The individuality, the uniqueness, the marks of life experience — all make him that much more compelling.

            • I totally concur! I teach a class on popular culture and one of the exercises I have them do is to look at a series of advertising images, and then go back and look at the unretouched photos. It is truly frightening how much we’re manipulated with images. Rock on amateur photographers!

              • And of course it’s not just faces that are altered. Bodies are changed: waists trimmed, breasts made larger, hips slimmed, legs elongated, arms trimmed. Several actresses, including Kate Winslet, have complained about their photos being altered by magazines. No wonder so many young girls have problems with their body image.

                I’ve been the family photographer for many years. Some of my oldest sister’s favorite images of her kids from childhood are the ones I took with my trusty Nikon when they were visiting on the farm. They had plenty of studio photos, too, but they just weren’t quite the same. There’s one of my oldest niece in a pair of little overalls, standing at the muscadine grape vine, her blue eyes wide with wonder as she looks up at the grapes, those fine blonde curls gently ruffled by the breeze. I was at the right place at the right time with my camera at hand.

            • I’ve actually looked at magazine covers before and didn’t recognize the individual depicted until I took a couple of extra looks. To me, that is a poor job of Photoshopping.

              It’s one thing to touch things up a little, and quite another to make them look like a completely different person. Which is also what happens with some of the bad plastic surgery you see. The best plastic surgery–and the best photoediting–is when it’s not obvious and “in your face.” I saw a commercial for one of those “Real Housewives” shows–there’s so many I couldn’t tell you which one–and I swear, everyone of those women had had some kind of work done. The oddly smooth brows, the inflated lips, the dubiously high cheekbones, the suspiciously large breasts on an otherwise very thin frame . . . it’s kind of creepy, actually.

              I love all of Richard’s moles, scars, crinkles, laugh lines . . . a face that has lived and loved and laughed, it seems.

              • “I love all of Richardโ€™s moles, scars, crinkles, laugh lines . . . a face that has lived and loved and laughed, it seems.” Precisely! Me, too.

              • Some of those Real Housewives should be on a ‘What not to do’ in plastic surgery poster. Why do people want to look like a life size Bratz doll…I wonder if they have peg in feet too?

              • I agree. Listen, if someone told some of them that peg in feet were the hottest new look, they’d probably have them surgically altered. Weren’t people having their toes done so they would fit into pointy shoes??

              • WHOT!? Pedicures or actual altering the bones of their toes? Good Grief! I will suffer a certain degree for fashion (especially shoe fashion-today I am wearing my Born’s because yesterday I work by point toe Mary Jane heels) but there is a limit!

              • Actually altering the shape of their feet by partially amputating and then re-shaping some of their toes through plastic surgery. Sounds about as appealing as Chinese foot binding to me.

              • Some Victorian women had the last ribs removed to achieve the tiny waist fashion demanded. I can see the same idiocy causing women to want toes removed. And look at the Chinese tradition of binding women’s feet. Women did this to little girls and it continued throughout their lives, until the middle of the last century.

              • That’s why I mentioned the foot binding, that’s just what it made me think of. And then you have things like women slowly poisoning themselves as the arsenic in their face cream leached into their systems. But they did have a nice porcelain white complexion when they died.

              • Then there were women who deliberately ingested tapeworm eggs to get thin, and still today there are women who take emetics and laxatives to the point of harm. The self-image thing can be a deadly sickness.

              • I do believe that a lot of these plastic surgery addicts have real mental issues that need to be addressed. And I have serious issues with some of these doctors who keep performing procedure after procedure on some of these patients who clearly have problems.

          • Sometimes I wonder why do they still use real models/actors/actresses for photoshoots, because some of the pictures are photoshopped beyond all recognition as you said. They might as well draw/create the faces/bodies using a software. Why bother travelling to expensive locations for photoshoots? ๐Ÿ™‚ Most of the time the faces on perfume adverts appear so unreal, for example Natalie Portman looks almost like a waxwork version of herself on the Miss Dior campaign photos..

            • That’s funny, I am watching “Black Swan” right now. ๐Ÿ˜‰ There’s a tremendous amount of touching up in all those cosmetic and perfume ads. I have seen that several US-based ads have been banned in Britain due to claims of false advertising. Some of the L’Oreal mascara ads as I recall. They admitted that the lashes were “enhanced.” Like I needed to be told that. I have long eyelashes myself and even with some of those super-duper mascaras they aren’t going to look like that unless you add something else to the mix. There are special tricks they also use with hair product commercials.

              Oh, and when you see milk being poured into a glass in an ad? It’s probably a glue blend. Real milk doesn’t photograph well–turns bluish.

              • All so true – no wonder so many people have body image problems – they’re trying to emulate a body that doesn’t even occur in nature! Ellen had Kiera Knightley on Friday and she was talking about the issues she’s had with photogs enhancing her bust. Wouldn’t it be great to see a single edition of a fashion magazine that was totally unretouched?

              • It really would. I remember Keira talking about how they had a woman air-brushing in decolletage to give her cleavage when she made the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. There was an album cover of Mariah Carey’s that showed her with such long legs that if they had actually been in proportion, she would have been something like 6’4″ (in reality, she’s somewhere around 5’8″).

              • Yes, a fashion mag completely unretouched and showing things that real women would actually wear in public!

              • What freaked me out was when they reanimated Orville Redenbacher–you know, brought him back from the dead–to make those popcorn commercials. That was just creepy. So glad they dumped that particular ad. There is still some difficulty in the articulation of the limbs in some CGI. Benny and I discuss stuff like this LOL

              • I suppose that is a good thing-I don’t know if I want to live in a world where I can be completely replicated in a digital version. It pushes too many boundaries for me I think.

              • Orville Redenbacher died? I thought he’d just been recalled to the home planet..He had a bit of an alien look to me ๐Ÿ™‚

              • “Remake”-on my list ๐Ÿ™‚ I have seen MIB-I think/thought Jimmy Dean (the sausage guy) could go on that list too ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Oh Angie! Thank you so much for this “late night snack”! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Perfectly delicious – and those eyes!!! *guh* It really IS late here – after 11.30pm – so I’m off to bed with these wonderful images in my head. I think there indeed may be a bit of manly stubble in the last picture. *sigh* I’m longing to see more pictures of him and if that one is anything to go by, it will be worth the wait! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I am glad I gave you some lovely images before beddy-bye. After the eyes, the next thing I zeroed in on when looking at that photo was evidence of stubble–between the beard and his clean-shaven face as Gary, it’s been a long time since we’ve seen his stubbled visage. *sigh* Yep, I am thinking those pix will be WELL worth waiting for . . .

    • If he is, by my calculations he would need to start letting it grow today. I don’t know why he would unless he likes it. I’ve known men who let their beards grow in winter, though. It’s not as if actors have to go to premieres, etc., in character.

      • I would think the only reason he would be wearing a beard at the red carpet events is if he needed it for another role coming up very soon. I just figured he’d enjoy a break from after the long Hobbit shoot, knowing he’ll have to regrow it for next summer. And I think it would be good for the world to see what the actor playing Thorin looks like without all that hair, facial and otherwise.

        • My preference would be for him to be clean-shaven, so that the world knows what he looks like without all that hair and the prostheses. Of course, they’ll have to deal with the *thudding* and *squeeing* casualties, but that just goes with the territory.

          • So 3 votes for the clean shaven visage! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d like his hair to be a little bit longer than on that pointy ear pic above. Just a personal preference. ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh and please tell me he’s going to have a proper stylist “dressing him” for all these red carpet events!!

              • I think the right shade of green could be quite attractive on him. On a side note, I still don’t see Robert Pattinson’s beauty, sorry. Never did see Mick’s, Glad to see he isn’t dating someone younger enough to be his granddaughter.

              • If the deep green had enough blue in it, the colour would look good on Richard, but in the examples shown, the fabrics and the styles are all wrong. It’s as if they’re trying for unique and instead looking cheap and misbegotten.

              • I agree about the color. And I didn’t care for those suits on either man. It’s good to think outside the box, but in this case, the results were just not successful.

              • Sir Mick’s been with this current girlfriend for quite a while. He’s not looking bad for his age, it has to be said, but I have never found him attractive myself. It’s Ron Wood I think who’s just married (or proposed to) a girl who could very well be his granddaughter. Robert Pattinson- well, his appeal is a mystery to me. To me he just looks odd! Something about his eyes and nose and the eyebrows.. Just a weird looking kid.

              • I confess I don’t keep up with Sir Mick’s doings. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I just see so many of those rocker types with women much, much younger than they are. At one time, one of the Rolling Stones married his girlfriend’s daughter, if I recall, something along those lines.

                I never found Mick attractive, not even in his younger days. He had that androgynous thing that I never found appealing in guys ( but apparently Peter Townshend did! LOL)

                I have always thought RPatz was odd-looking as well. His nose is so small, the eyes are small and strange, the facial shape seems slightly off, even the smile is–odd. I know he has tons of women who think he’s gorgeous so I am sure he won’t miss having us as fans. ๐Ÿ˜‰

              • Robert Pattinson seems to have that bobble head look that is all the rage in Hollywood – it might show better on film, but it does look rather disproportionate in real life. Where does one find a hat?

              • A lot of actors do seem to have big heads. I wonder what he looks like in person. I have seen him in the various Twilight films and of course, he was plastered with all that chalky white makeup and the red lips and that pompadour of hair.

            • I’m with you Judit, I like his hair just a bit longer-maybe it’s just that cut though? Something looks a little off. I vote for clean shaven (stubble is fine by me too :))

              • I like it long enough that it could conceivably be ruffled a bit with the fingers. Oh, a touch of stubble never bothers me. I think it enhances that exquisite masculine beauty without hiding anything from us, if you know what I mean.

              • Precisely-enough to imagine running fingers through *ahem-not mine of course* Is it fashion acceptable to have stubble on the red carpet? I will admit to vast ignorance on this subject.

              • I have seen some red carpet attendees with it–of course, it works far better on some than on others. A lot of men donโ€™t have Richard’s clean growth pattern for their beards.

              • I have always wondered if stubble is kind of his thing because he has sensitive skin-razor burn and all.

              • I, too, imagine that he has sensitive skin and that given a choice, he would not shave every day. The level of growth I prefer is what would occur naturally if he shaved in the morning, but not again before going out in the evening. (Go ahead, darling, abrasion looks good on me…)

  4. Mmmmmm… Never a diet tasted so good! And it works, because… who remembers eating (or anything else for that matter) when you look at those eyes? I certainly don’t!! ๐Ÿ˜€
    The one on the red carpet is one of my favourites too, and it looks great here in this post. Lovely pictures as always, thank you so much! ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Exactly, intelligence and warmth, I wouldn’t have said it better myself. There is a song by a Spanish band that always makes me think about Richard and his beautiful eyes, the translation of the title is “You give me the sea”… I thought of making a fanvid with it, give it my first try… If you don’t mind me asking, what website or program would you recommend me?

        • If you have Windows, you likely have Windows Movie Maker. If you store screencaps on your computer, when you open the folder you will likely see at top left where you can click on “create slideshow.” From there, you can click on “Make Movie” and it will take you from there. It’s very user-friendly. I also use a program called muvee which came with one of our computers. It gives you very professional results but is very easy to use. I am not a technically gifted person–artistic, yes, but not technical–so this kind of software is a godsend. And making vids is so much fun–and, I warn you, addictive!! Just ask the woman who’s made 125 of them. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Go for it!!!

          • Thank you so much for the advice Angie, you’re great! I’ll definitely have a go, because this song seems to be inspired in him so I really want to do it, maybe with subtitles in English? That way everybody can understand the lyrics ๐Ÿ™‚
            Your vids are fantastic, I’ve got sooo many of them in my RA play list, at the moment I can’t stop playing Sweet child o’mine and Look into my eyes, I love them ๐Ÿ˜€

            • You’re welcome, any way I can help, let me know. I think using the English subtitles would be a great idea! Thank you for your kind words about my vids. It’s great to hear they are enjoyed. ๐Ÿ˜€

              • Thank you Leigh! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m looking forward to give it a go ๐Ÿ˜€ I’ll email you later on today, I haven’t forgotten, Angie said you had been trying to email me. Sorry it’s taking me a while, busy days, but definitely today ๐Ÿ˜€

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