Richard and I, wondering what’s next?


Production on The Hobbit trilogy, in terms of filming, is steadily winding down; in recent days, many of the actors have tweeted and posted messages announcing they have wrapped on the project. Peter Jackson posted these photos and message today.


Tonight Martin Freeman finished his last shot as Bilbo Baggins. The end of an incredible two and a half years. I cannot imagine anyone else in this role – a character that Martin has nurtured and crafted with love and great skill.
We have… said goodbye to our elves, humans, wizards and now the hobbit. We now enter our final 2 weeks of pick-ups, and it’s wall to wall dwarves. These pick-ups have been gruelling and intense, but I’m so happy with what we’ve been shooting. These next two movies are going to be pretty great!
Benedict “Smaug” Cumberbatch checking out Martin’s Bilbo feet.
I look ahead to the day when the dwarves wrap and Richard, perhaps, makes a little speech on their behalf, and I feel myself getting all choked up. What an amazing journey it has been for these folks, cast and crew alike, and I can only imagine what an emotional moment that will be.
Richard in Thorin gear, posing with his favorite makeup artist, the talented Tami Lane. I think those two have established a firm friendship.
There’s got to be euphoric feelings; that sense of accomplishment, great pride in what you’ve created together, many wonderful memories of experiences shared. Mixed with those must be a certain sadness that it’s  largely over for the actors. (Plenty of post-production work to come, I am sure, by those busy beavers at the studio . . )
Yes, there will be the publicity juggernauts before the remaining films’ premieres and prior to the release of the DVDs, gatherings at Comic-Con and various fan events; still, it won’t be the same. It never is. Life moves on. Richard Armitage moves on.
What’s next? We know from Tweets today by Todd Garner and other involved with Black Sky, the film RA shot last summer in Michigan, that the film was screened last night. No release date yet, but it’s surely looking a lot more promising now.  Don’t know about you, but it can’t happen fast enough for me.

I am in a state of flux myself; still working to get the video production company established, trying to do my best to raise the profile and raise funds for our humane society and all the good it does in our county, maintaining my presence in Armitage World and attending to my pets and husband(who still hasn’t gone to the doctor, and the fever is BACK) and occasionally to this house, which looks like it was hit by the Black Sky tornado.  I now maintain/assist with four FB pages, a business website and blog, personal blog, have Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest accounts, and am about to start rehabbing the Humane Society website.  If I kept up with all this properly, it would be a full-time job, I do believe. But (most of it) doesn’t pay too well. 😉

Now I have been invited to return on a part-time basis to my old newspaper to write a bi-monthly column and do some stringer reporting along the way as I am out and about. They want my name and face and words to be a presence there again; I don’t mind admitting I have missed it. And readers have told me I have been missed. And I will get paid.

I have also been trying to take better care of myself.


And this is true. I am done with diets. Been there, done there, lost lots of weight, gained it all back and a lot more. The extra pounds I am carrying are detrimental to my general health and wellbeing and they exacerbate my FMS, not to mention issues with blood pressure and my heart. I don’t need a quick fix or to follow some crash diet I cannot possibly maintain. I need to make sensible, permanent changes.

I’ve been following the DASH plan, which is designed to help lower blood pressure. I eat a lot less processed stuff, more fresh fruits and veggies, whole wheat breads, low-fat dairy, lean meats, watch the sugar, salt and fat consumption . . . nothing complicated. DASH isn’t a diet as such, yet I have already lost several pounds. I’ve been walking when the weather would allow it and doing some isometric exercises indoors. Overall, I feel better. I am in it for the long haul.

I don’t know exactly what is around the corner for me; good things, I hope. Better days ahead, I like to think.

I certainly don’t know what is to come for Richard Armitage. Another role in a blockbuster film, work in a smaller, more intimate indie, a return to television, to the stage, more voice-over work . . . only he knows. And he’s not telling.  But I don’t expect him to rest on his laurels for too long, that beautiful and talented workaholic.


Whatever paths he chooses on his journey, I wish him well. God bless you, RA. looking forward to seeing you in Black Sky whenever it does happen and to your return as the majestic Thorin in December.  Live your dreams and continue going from strength to strength, my dear fellow. Can’t wait to see what’s next for you!

14 responses »

  1. What a wonderful post this is. We all still wonder what comes next for RA.
    Wish you good luck with your health and your new job. I myself have to take decisions too, will google what DASH is, made the same experiences with diets like you, its so frustrating…

    • If you click on DASH in the post, it should take you to an explanation. 😀 I can never remember what acronym stands for. Thanks and hoping for the best for us all in the future. XOXO

  2. So happy to hear the good news and wish you much happiness and success in all your projects Angie. Take care of yourself and your dear Benny !

    • Thanks, hon. I am getting really frustrated with dear Benny. He had the high fever again last night. Now he’s refusing to go to clinic in the morning. I rarely get angry with him, but I think it’s about to happen. *sigh*

      • So happy to hear about changes in your life (((Angie)) Good Luck!
        PS: All men are the same! when I’m saying to my hubby “You must go to the doctor”, he says with a big smile: “There are two things that I must, I must to pay the taxes and to die” and he thinks it’s funny!

  3. Thanks for the info on Black Sky! When I saw the premiere of Martin’s new movie I started to wonder if we’d ever see it. I hope that Benny’s fever is gone. If not, I hope you can get him to the dr. He’s been messing around long enough. I have two close friends who have gotten shingles recently because their immune system was down.

  4. More power to you, Angie! I’m so glad that that newspaper finally figured out that someone with as many worldwide followers as you have is worth paying to be in their paper. TAE is a very special place on the internet. I have collected so many of your pictures that continue to give me the giggles. So thanks, good luck and good health to you and Benny.

  5. Great post, Angie–I may look into the DASH plan myself, since I’m just done with diets. They don’t work and you just get frustrated from all that effort with little or no results. I think you should hit Benny with the rolling pin (or whatever) and daze him enough so that you can get him into the car and MAKE him go to the doctor–I didn’t go and was literally sick for almost two months. Sometimes extreme measures are called for, you know? Here’s hoping we find out a little more about our boy’s next project soon–the suspense is driving me nuts and I’m sure a lot of others feel the same way.

  6. Wishing that we could twitch our collective magical noses and make these casting directors sit up and take notice of what a gem Richard is–I’m seriously hoping that he has something lined up and just hasn’t announced it yet. Surely, with his profile rising all the time, he will be receiving scripts worthy of him, be it film or tv or whatever. There are far too many people sitting out there who would fill theatres to see him, and I guess I don’t understand why these so-called PTB don’t seem to see that even now. Very frustrating–on the one hand, they moan and groan about the state of the movie industry, but prefer to make these big-budget bombs that are costing far more than they bring in. Give us Armitage–please!

    • Totally agree with you, you couldn´t have expressed it better. I suppose there´s something on the pipeline, he made some remarks in the Sidney interviews, but I like the suggestions of Guylty on me + richard armitage. We want him as a rocking Thorin “Metallica” Oakenshield releasing a first album…

      I still wonder, why he is relatively unknown here in Germany, though there were broadcasted some shows here on TV, but if there´ll ever be an official “Hobbit”-premiere, the German AA and me stand beside the red carpet *sigh*, it´s just a dream…

      • I’m hoping that the widespread tv broadcast of “North and South” here in the States will get some big time notice–can’t believe it’s taken them this long to get it over here since it came out nearly 9 years ago. On the other hand, I can–when I think of how the PBS stations were barraged by fans for holding up broadcasting of “Foyle’s War” some years back, all to no avail, it’s gotta make me wonder who’s making these decisions. Oh, well, I shall get off my soapbox–I’m just glad it finally made it here and will likely be seen by a much wider audience.

        • The problem here is that all programmes are dubbed. In former years you were never be able to watch a Tv program in original. I really hated Mr. Thornton´s German voice, in RH, Spooks and SB he had another one. And even on the big screen, in the cinema, I whinged about the dubbing. We all know how much effort RA took to create Thorin´s voice and the misty mountains song was dubbed in German… still shiver in anger..

          I`m glad that I can receive some TV-programmes in two-channel voice now

          But maybe the British accent is loved in the US?

  7. I’m glad that you’ll be writing for money again (even if I’m angry that they’ll be paying you piecework instead of an actual salary / wage). I really hope that all of your new tech / social media skills pay off!

  8. Angie, love, just very pleased to hear of your recall to the newspaper. Great news – foot in door again! Wishing you and Benny renewed health.

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