Daily Archives: December 4, 2012

“I’m a lucky boy”: Great RA interview you must read

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“Whenever I play characters that are a bit grubby and grungy it just feels better. Maybe it’s because I’m a Northerner, and I’m just meant to have my hands dirty. Part of the thrill of playing Thorin was this transformation.”

Richard Armitage on his transformation into the bearded Dwarf, Twitch Magazine.

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Richard and that nice old Gandalf, the amazing Sir Ian McKellen.

Richard and that nice old Gandalf, the amazing Sir Ian McKellen.

“Ian is such a delightful man, whenever I had to be aggressive towards him there was always a pang of guilt inside of me that thought, ‘oh, don’t be too rough on poor Gandalf!’

That’s part of the thrill of acting, that you have to push those bombs onto other characters.”

Richard Armitage on working with Sir Ian McKellen, Twitch Magazine

http://twitchfilm.com/2012/12/interview-richard-armitage-talks-thorin-tolkien-and-being-a-leader-of-dwarves-in-the-hobbit-saga.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TwitchEverything+%28Twitch%29

I saw the link to this interview with Twitch this morning and thoroughly enjoyed it. I love it when Richard is given time to respond in-depth to questions. This is also done in Q&A style, which I like (and enjoyed using when I worked for the paper) with good, open-ended queries. Lots of excellent insight into the art and craft of acting from a man who is a master of it. Give an intelligent, articulate person a chance to discuss a topic they are passionate about and you can’t miss . . .

Richard Armitage Visits Union Station To Promote "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"

Richard during his headcam interview with Damnit Maurie at Union Station in Toronto Monday morning. Courtesy of the Russian RA site.

You just ain’t seen nothing yet, folks. (New RA fanvid)

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It’s clear to me our Richard is about to become a big movie star. I feel like so many good things are ahead for our talented, brilliant, beautiful Mr. A.

Truth be told–you ain’t seen nothing yet, folks.  Dedicated to my dear friend, faithful blog reader and ardent RA fan, Teuchter. More BTO for you! I made this a few weeks ago, but connection/computer problems delayed getting it loaded. Thank you, dear husband, for uploading this to YT for me. You ROCK!

Hope you all enjoy this blast from the past when TVs had antennas and knobs and satellite and cable didn’t offer a jillion channels. 😉

Richard in Toronto, channeling Mr. Roger's sweetness and gentle humor with a generous dash of sex appeal. What the man can do for a cardigan . . .

Richard in Toronto, channeling Mr. Roger’s sweetness and gentle humor with a generous dash of sex appeal. What the man can do for a cardigan . . .

The critics have spoken: “Epically cool” Armitage “impressive” in role

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‘Thorin’s hero back-story is marvellously fleshed out. Little wonder
there’s already major buzz around Armitage – his Thorin is to The Hobbit
what Viggo Mortensen’s Aragorn was to The Lord of the Rings.”

An excerpt from Neala Johnson’s review of The Hobbit. See full review at http://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/movies/neala-johnsons-review-of-the-hobbit-an-unexpected-journey/story-e6frf9h6-1226529768368?sv=a30a351fc8e8a3bfbd44b95748ac4819#.UL2PEZYgUKM.twitter

Dean O'Gorman as Fili and RA as Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Dean O’Gorman as Fili and RA as Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Armitage is positively heroic in the role and Jackson gives him plenty of camera time to shine . . .(he) brings gravitas and solemnity to the role of Thorin, especially when surrounded by the clownish Dwarves in his company.’

Read more of the Collider review here http://collider.com/hobbit-movie-review/215612/

‘But in the end the hobbit’s curiosity wins and he joins dwarf-leader Thorin Oakenshield (an impressive Richard Armitage) and his company.

When casting the dwarfs, Jackson picked a mixture of domestic and international actors, some veterans and some fresh faces. In the 18 months they filmed, they certainly have developed great chemistry, and their distinctive characters and costumes show a lot of craftsmanship and love of details.”

Excerpt from review at Stuff.co. NZ  http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/film/film-reviews/8034659/Review-The-Hobbit-An-Unexpected-Journey

“It’s a role likely to launch Armitage, blessed with an already-fervent
 fanbase, masculine good looks, and ample ability, into the stratosphere.
The character is deeply scarred and tragic. Thorin gives the children’s
tale a Shakespearean disaster angle and the film makes the most of it
 in in ways that may not surprise viewers but will nevertheless delight
them.”

Excerpt from MrCere’s review of the film for TORn (which promises only spoiler-free reviews, BTW)

http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2012/12/04/66514-mrcere-reviews-the-hobbit-an-unexpected-journey/

The embargo, as you can see, has been lifted and reviews are now flooding the internet of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. I have read a few, and am sharing some quotes specific to Mr. Armitage’s performance as well as the Company itself.  I think it’s safe to say Richard Armitage is impressing the critics–but then, was there ever any real doubt?

Thorin of the "flowing locks and steely gaze."

Thorin of the “flowing locks and steely gaze.”

 “Armitage really comes into his own in the ‘hero shot’ stakes: with flowing locks and a steely gaze, he gives us Braveheart by way of 300 – epically cool.”

Alice Tynan’s words re Richard’s performance as Thorin in her review for The Vine http://www.thevine.com.au/entertainment/movie-reviews/the-hobbit-an-unexpected-journey-movie-review/

Mr. Armitage, I am so very proud of you and happy for you.  You were already my hero; now the world is discovering you as theirs, too.

A screenshot of Richard from the Marilyn Denis Show. All screencaps courtesy of RANet.

A screenshot of Richard from the Marilyn Denis Show. All screencaps courtesy of RANet.