We know that Richard has said he is a man who wishes to be involved in “nourishing and nurturing” in his life.
According to Bing Dictionary, “nourishing” means:
providing good sustenance: providing people, animals, or plants with a substantial quantity of the substances they require to live, grow, or remain fit and healthy
And “nurturing” is defined as:
(1) to take care of a young thing: to give tender care and protection to a young child, animal, or plant, helping it to grow and develop
(2) to encourage somebody or something to flourish: to encourage somebody or something to grow, develop, thrive, and be successful
(3) to keep feeling: to keep a feeling in the mind for a long time, allowing it to grow or deepen
Richard Armitage and the woman who transformed him into Thorin for more than 250 days, Oscar Nominee Tami Lane.
I love this photo. Tami looks so happy and Richard, well, Richard is wearing that customary sweet smile. And there are those beautiful, capable, strong hands resting on Tami’s shoulders in an almost protective pose.
Then, notice that his midnight blue Thorin robe appears to be wrapped around his makeup artist. Is it a cold day in spite of the sunshine with Richard trying to keep Tami from getting chilled? Is it merely a playful gesture on Richard’s part? Whatever the case, they obviously have a bond of friendship between them.
When I think of Richard as someone who nourishes and nurtures, I think of a man who is kind and considerate, a true friend, an encourager, a team player, a mentor. I remember how enthusiastically Lucy Griffiths spoke of Richard being the best screen partner on Robin Hood. I think of how Richard always makes sure he mentions the various crew members and praises their work in helping him look and move like and become the character.
Richard Armitage: dedicated actor, active supporter of charitable endeavors, a man who nourishes and nurtures.
Altogether a worthy fellow to emulate in so many ways.