Daily Archives: December 10, 2012

Oh, what a pleasure you are, Mr. A

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Whether fixing that sexy smoulder on us . . .

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Or discussing your work with your usual thoughtfulness . . .

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And turning on that sexy elegance once more!

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Or being downright cheeky about your kick-ass Company of Dwarves . . .

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Or listening quietly to words of praise sent your way, you are always such a pleasure to see and hear and experience.

Aww, come on, Buzzfeed! REALLY??

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The folks at Buzzfeed.com decided to rank the dwarves in terms of hotness. http://www.buzzfeed.com/louispeitzman/the-13-dwarves-in-the-hobbit-ranked-by-hotness

Things were going pretty well until they got to number four. Thorin. Thorin?! Only the fourth hottest dwarf? Thorin, with his piercing azure gaze, deep, commanding voice, that flowing mane of hair with its widow’s peak and those fetching braids–only the fourth hottest?

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So, who was ahead of him? You might have guessed the hottie nephews, and indeed, Aidan Turner as Kili and Dean O’Gorman as Fili took the number two and number one positions in Buzzfeed’s rankings.

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Pippi Longstocking -The TV Series (1969) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But there was also a number three. This guy.   Jimmy Nesbitt as Bofur. With the funky braids and the idiotic hat. This was deemed hotter than Thorin.

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Now, I like Jimmy. He’s got a lovely twinkle in his eyes, wonderful dimples and that great Irish accent. And he’s a good actor.

But even HE has described himself as looking like a “transvestite Pippi Longstocking” in this role.  Transvestite Pippi Longstocking does not trump the regal, majestic uncrowned King Under the Mountain.

If I were ranking them, Thorin would, of course, be number one, then Aidan and Dean, the hottie sister-sons, as two and three.

Take a look at the link above and see what you think of Buzzfeed’s overall choices.  And perhaps you’ll join me in wondering “what were they thinking??”

“Grubby, grungy” feels better: RA’s thoughts on Thorin

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I borrowed some quotes by Richard from dear Ali at Richard Armitage Net pertaining to his transformation into Thorin Oakenshield.

“I started to have Thorin’s dreams, I had dreams of entering Erebor for the first time because that’s what he dreams about — so I had dreams of that.”~~Richard Armitage

Once again, Richard became totally immersed in his character, to the point of dreaming Thorin’s dreams, just as he once dreamed John Porter’s.

Richard being transformed into Thorin, a process that took several hours each morning.

Richard being transformed into Thorin, a process that took several hours each morning.

“The first time I was ever created into a dwarf, it was quite shocking. I remember they did like a time-lapse photography of the process and it took something in the region of 4 1/2 hours,” Armitage — who stands 6-foot-2-inches in real life, but was shrunken through movie magic for the film — told UPI at a recent New York news conference.

“I actually kept my eyes shut because I didn’t want to see how it worked and just opened my eyes at the end. It’s very strange when you don’t recognize yourself. And, actually, at that point, it was quite extreme. But they went through a process of sculpting many different kinds of face. I had an amazing sculptor …. who I used to visit at WETA, so he could look at my face and it would help him with his work. 

“They eventually found something, which was invisible, but it was still there, still dwarf. And that is down to how amazing WETA is  and also Tami Lane, who is an Oscar-winning prosthetics artist, her work is completely invisible. In terms of getting into character, it’s always brilliant when you look in the mirror and don’t really recognize yourself. So, I really enjoyed that side of the process,” said Armitage, who plays dwarf leader Thorin Oakenshield. 

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Richard had this to say about Thorin’s gritty character:
Whenever I play characters that are grubby and grungy it just feels better maybe because I’m a Northerner and always meant to have dirty hands. 
All I can say is, Richard, you manage to look so divine when you are grubby, dirty, and grungy. It’s amazing . . . sort of like the way you look in this photo.  This is only–what–the third or fourth time I’ve posted it, right?
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 “Interestingly…the translation of Thráin (Thorin’s father) is ‘yearner’ and Thorin is ‘darer.’ Thráin is the one that yearned for it, but wouldn’t achieve it. Thorin is the one that would dare to do it.”
Let’s see . . . how many days now until we see The Hobbit?
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Richard, it’s all your FAULT

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It’s gonna be a pretty miserable day here weather-wise, what with 90 percent chance of rain and a big temperature change on the way with it. FMS no likee these huge atmospheric changes. We really need the rain, however, and it’s been too unseasonably warm for December, so I am really not complaining.

Besides, I’ve got a certain gorgeous guy to drool over. Yes, I succumbed and was one of the 200 who pre-ordered my very own copy of the limited edition featuring Richard on the cover (as opposed to Billy Bob Thornton).

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Here’s what the editor had to say on Facebook about the cover:

Morning all. Lots of excitement for our Winter issue launch, which is nice to see! Just thought we’d share some details with you about the limited edition Richard Armitage cover. The unique style and effect of the image is created by a particular technique of the photographer – Paula Parrish. She projects the original photograph onto a different surface – metal in this instance – and re-shoots it to get the final version. That is what gives the overall rugged effect – well, that and the subject of the photo, of course… from a Facebook entry for FAULT Magazine.

I found this interesting as I have used a metal overlay with some of my fanart to give it a grittier look–particularly with some of the images of Sgt. Portah.  I paid a ridiculous amount for a single copy of a magazine–especially when you factor in the postage costs–but it’s in support of the actor I do admire and adore. And hey, it’s a limited edition.  Heck, I can talk myself into almost anything where this man is concerned.

Oh, those crystal blue eyes brimming with humor and intelligence–those irresistible smiles and infectious laughs–all that charisma and manliness and gentlemanly nature. I just can’t help it. It’s all your fault, Richard Armitage.

That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.

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