Daily Archives: February 20, 2013

Richard Armitage & Ori’s Slingshot: Celebrating Creative Exchange

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This came up on Twitter yesterday, an excerpt from the Chronicles book that someone had posted on Tumblr. In the snippet,  Adam Brown (Ori) is describing how his signature weapon for The Hobbit came about:

“. . . . I recall being in a weapons meeting and the others were all going crazy over their weapons. It was Richard [Armitage] who said to me ‘You should have a slingshot’ and it just kind of stuck . . .”

Adam Brown from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles: Art and Design by Daniel Falconer and Weta Workshop

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He’s so adorable.  You just want to give Ori a big hug. 😉

I added “Armitage” to the above as there was some confusion over whether it was Weta Design and Special Effects Supervisor Richard Taylor or actor Richard Armitage who made the comment, but Adam Brown himself confirmed in a tweet that it was indeed RA who gave him the suggestion for a slingshot.

We also know RA came up with the suggestion of turning that tree trunk that gave his character the distinctive name of “Oakenshield” into part of his costume, leading to the development of his vambrace. Both Ori’s trusty slingshot and Thorin’s vambrace made it into the films.

Which made us wonder–what other ideas or suggestions might our Richard have made on the set of The Hobbit (which he would likely be too modest to ever mention)?

I also recall Todd Garner, producer for RA’s next film, Black Sky, mentioning that RA had some good ideas for a possible trailer for the film.

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(My fake film poster created in Photoshop from a photo still provided by Todd Garner)

And I feel certain he had other ideas that he shared with the Black Sky PTB and in past productions.  I am so happy that directors and producers are taking note of the creative ideas that Richard brings to the table and implementing them.  It shows respect and a recognition of just how much Richard Armitage has to offer.

And it comes on many different levels, as a dedicated and cosummate actor and ensemble player who is generous with his acting partners, as an imaginative writer, as someone with an eye on the director’s seat. I believe, if given the opportunities, the sky is the limit for Richard Armitage.

And I also believe creativity breeds creativity. Richard’s dedication to and passion for his profession has inspired me and, I know, so many, many others, in our own creative endeavors.  Look at the fanfiction (and novels), the fanvids, the artwork, the essays, the blogs and more that can all be directly traced to Richard Armitage and the compelling characters he has so carefully created. I also appreciate and admire how he conducts himself–gentlemanly, kind and thoughtful. We need more of that in this world.

Keep dreaming your dreams, RA, and we will dream along with you. And thank you for being–YOU.

So, do you want to own a piece of ‘The Hobbit?’ It’s possible.

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Fancy an Elvish sword? A spare pair of dwarf boots?

Because Amazon–which already offers pretty much everything else under the sun, including the kitchen sink–is now going to give you a chance to own Hobbit memorabilia, including costumes and props from the movie.

Amazon’s new Entertainment Collectibles Store will offer as many as 350,000 items from films, recordings and TV.  The items will come from Premiere Props in El Segundo, Calif.. According to the International Business Times, Premiere has sold props from more than 500 movies since 2001 and claims to be the number one online vendor for movie memorabilia.

(Thanks to Evie Bowman and Middle-earth News for the heads up)

Along with items from The Hobbit, the store will feature memorabilia from Star Wars and The Twilight Saga, Bradley Cooper’s running costume from Silver Linings Playbook and items from luminaries such as James Dean, The Beatles, Elvis and Marilyn Monroe.

Great. Something else Hobbit-y to tempt us to spend our money.

I actually bought several items at a props sale held after Honeydripper was shot here a few years ago. My brother-in-law, the man who has everything, was tickled pink to be presented with a decanter used by Mary Steenburgen in a scene from the film. I use the juice glasses I bought on a regular basis; there’s a small bookcase and one or two other things. It’s fun owning a few pieces of film history, especially for a film shot in your little hometown filled with places and people you know.

I’ve visited Amazon tonight to check out their movie memorabilia, www.amazon.com/entertainmentcollectibles, but haven’t been able to actually track down any Hobbit items as yet. I did find a pair of John Wayne’s cowboy gloves, going for a mere $35,000; a lovely gown worn by Emmy Rossum in the new Beautiful Creatures movie for $895 and a remote control used by Bradley Cooper’s character in Silver Linings Playbook offered for $495. Something tells me any Hobbit collectibles might be well out of my price range.

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Still, it would be cool to have something . . .

Alas, I fear they won’t offer this. 

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No, not the mini-Lego. That, I’ve got. The delectable dude holding it.

THAT’S what I want.

Unfortunately, I fear my dear, sweet spouse might draw the line there.  And anyway, he’s priceless, right?