Daily Archives: November 30, 2012

The Gentlemanly Giant: Thoughts on the Japan Press Conference

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I had somewhat better luck tonight. Although as usual  (given our slower connection) there was some  buffering with the livestreaming, I was actually able to see and hear some of RA during the press conference in Japan, and the picture quality was beautiful. So was Richard Armitage, in every sense of the word.

Richard, looking retro rock n' roll cool, shares crinkles and answers questions for the press in Japan.

Richard, looking retro rock n’ roll cool, shares crinkles and answers questions for the press in Japan.

I know from Twitter that he didn’t get asked many questions, although when he did they were answered thoughtfully and intelligently in that deep chocolate voice we love. As always, he was attentive and responsive to what his fellow Hobbit folks were saying.

And it was what others had to say about him that really caught my attention tonight.

Peter Jackson saidthat if Martin as Bilbo was its heart, then Richard as Thorin was the soul of the movie. That this quiet actor is one that absolutely holds your attention on the screen.

Martin Freeman was very gracious in his comments about Richard, describing him as an extraordinary human being.

Richard was lauded for his positive qualities above and beyond that amazing talent of his: his quiet determination, his sweet nature, his decency, his stoical work ethic.

I don’t think it’s just us who love and admire Richard Crispin Armitage. As someone said on Twitter, he’s the man women want and men want to be like.

I don’t think our modest guy quite knew what to do with all that praise. But we all know he deserved every last drop of it, and more.

At the end of the conference, the group posed for photos. As usual, Richard, that dazzling smile in place, towered over the rest–Martin, Sir Peter, Andy and Elijah.

But then, he’s a giant of a man anywhere he goes. A giant of a gentleman, a talent. A giant of an extraordinary human being.

Richard, I am so very, very proud of you.

ETA: The link below will take you to the press conference in five parts. Thank you, RAC!

http://richardarmitagecentral.co.uk/the-hobbit-japanese-press-conference-1st-december-2012/

 

Screencaps courtesy of Twitter and Sinjoor.

Screencaps courtesy of Twitter and Sinjoor.

Richard, are you reading my mind? *sigh*

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The press conference pics are now up at www.richardarmitagenet.com, if you haven’t checked them out yet. Gorgeous.

I thought Richard Armitage looked absolutely terrific at the The Hobbit press conference in his shirt/vest/tie combo. As someone commented here, I do feel a sort of Simon Baker-as-Patrick Jane (The Mentalist) vibe going on here. And I like it. And it’s always a pleasure to see him so animated. The crinkles, the smiles, talking with his hands. As for the Maori greeting . . . *thud*

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Remember, as Fanny says, it isn’t the amount, it’s the thought that counts! If you haven’t already, give a little in honor of the man who has given us so much!!

DistRActed in ReAlity

I believe I speak for many Richard Armitage fans that we are all happy and proud for him.

The Hobbit premiere has launched his career with a bash and I love the idea of giftbombing his charities. Click on the widget for Richard’s page on JustGiving to choose your charity of choice, you have a choice of leaving a message or not and remember what’s most important isn’t the amount but the thought that counts. click & shARe your RA love 🙂

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Info on past donation drives can be found on Richard Armitage Online and RichardArmitage.net

Happy fangurling and giftbombing!

EDIT: Can’t leave with some silly pun:

He’s sure now on people’s RADAR (that’s cause there isn’t a celebRAtion fanvid to my knowledge, YET)

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Guy waxes rhapsodic on Guyday Friday

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“A-ha!!” Guy sounded positively triumphant. And the smirk was to die for.

“So it seems the CReAtor wore something called–waxed jeans?–and not true leather . . .”

She grinned. “As if there was ever any real doubt you were still the undisputed leader of Team Leather.”

A velvet chuckle. “As IF . . .”

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Sir Guy Ruminates on the CReAtor’s Leather

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“Enough about this Thorin.  And that–premiere. It IS my day, after all. Guyday Friday.” Guy folds his arms across his broad chest and expels a breath.

“Yes, Guy, and you may have noticed the earlier post on RA in leather was filled with fanart of–YOU.”

A sniff and a toss of his lustrous mane.  He is still clearly not placated.

“Yesssss–but that was only because you wenches hadn’t found the proof yet that the CReAtor was actually wearing leather at this Australian soiree.”

He gives her a sidelong glance with those kohl-rimmed eyes. “I suppose a post on his fine new leather trousers will be showing up very soon here.”

“Maybe–maybe not. It is, after all, Guyday Friday. And I never, ever have forgotten that.” She widened her own big blue eyes as  she walked over and looked up into his face. Two, after all, could play at that game.

Guy blinked and rubbed the side of his nose with one long finger. “No–no, I suppose you haven’t,” he admitted, just a little grudgingly.

With a half-smile, she jerked her head in the direction of the kitchen. “There are brownies. With chocolate chunks and walnuts. Very moist and fudgy.”

The Dark Knight’s face visibly brightened. “I am feeling a bit peckish.”

He cleared his throat and looked at his feet. “Uhmmm. Pardon me for being slightly–stroppy.” Guy raised his eyes to meet hers. “You never have forgotten, LW, that’s true.”

Her smile broadened. “All is forgiven. Go enjoy your brownie, you big lug,” she said, giving him a playful swat on his arm.

As he strides away–my goodness, but she does enjoy watching him exit a room–Guy’s chocolate tones rumble: “Anyway, I’m the one who showed how good he could look in leather . . .”

“And it’s not BLACK leather he wore, either, Sir Guy,” LW added.

Suddenly he stuck his head back inside the door. ” True. Do you suppose–he could use a few lessons in really working those trousers?”

LW grinned. “I am certain he would be delighted, Sir Guy.”

And with a smirk and flick of his mane, Sir Guy headed away for his date with the brownie pan.

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From akari01's Tumblr account, Richard rocking the blue-grey leather trousers and the black kicks for the ARIA awards.

From akari01’s Tumblr account, Richard rocking the blue-grey leather trousers and the black kicks for the ARIA awards.

From the Russian Forum: RA on “King” Thorin, King R III

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Here’s a short video from the Wellington red carpet courtesy of the Russian Forum and Nadia, which touches on playing a hero and the heartthrob question, and whether or not RA still wants to play Richard III . . .

You want to see the Army Tee that Caught RA’s Eye? Here it is.

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Many thanks to the Belgian Beauty, Nadia, and T-shirt designer Tanni for providing this to us. This is the brilliant design worn by a group of Armitage Army fans present at the Hobbit red carpet in Wellington. According to Meri, the ladies added a few embellishments to ensure they caught the Lovely One’s eyes. Well, it worked.  The T-shirts earned the admiration of Richard (who wanted one for himself).

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Have to say it reminded me of this little creation of my own:

You can cut the alpha male tension like a knife . . .

You can cut the alpha male tension like a knife . . .

Hope this town is big enough for the two of them. Whew!