Unfortunately, due to what has only thus far been described as “unforeseen circumstances,” Richard and his fellow actors weren’t able to perform “The Crucible” Monday night. I really feel for those who missed the performance; some may get another opportunity while others will not. It’s been raining heavily all day in Londontown, which can only have added to a certain feeling of gloom and doom over those who missed their opportunity to see RA perform on stage in this much-heralded production. Of course, our Richard, class act that he is, popped over to apologize to fans and make their day a lot brighter than it otherwise would have been. When I say “bless RA’s heart,” it’s meant in a completely sincere, non-catty way by this southern girl.
If it had been me who received such disappointing news, I’d have been shattered. Might have felt like throwing a right ol’ hissy fit, or just curling up in a corner and bawling my eyes out. I guess it brought back memories of a heartbreak I suffered a few summers ago, and I found myself shedding tears tonight for those who had their plans for the evening dashed.
There are friends and acquaintances out there right now around the world who are suffering pain and losses of various kinds, some who are struggling. I wish I could do more materially for those for whom I care who are in need, whether it’s homeless animals half-starved and dependent on the kindness of strangers after abandonment, or my fellow humans who could truly use a lift.
My dad had a motto: “A little laughter in life.” His own life certainly wasn’t always easy, happy or carefree. He had bouts of melancholy that sometimes deepened into depression. Still, he loved a good joke, a funny story. Finding laughter helped him through toughest times. As his only biological child, I’ve tried to embrace that motto, too. And I love being around people who know the value, the saving grace, one can find in laughter.
That’s one of the reasons I am so attracted to and intrigued by Richard Armitage. Compassion, benevolence, a great, lively sense of humor that refrains from mean spiritedness, all the while embracing some much-needed silliness when needed. I love hearing and seeing him laugh, those full-bodied, from-the-heart guffaws and rather silly giggles, so appealing and endearing.
Here’s hoping the problems at the Old Vic are sorted out, the weather improves, and Proctor and Company can trod the boards once more. In the meantime . . .
Everyone is saying what a classy move this was, but I think it’s more than that. To me, it shows the ability to understand what someone else’s emotions might be and empathize and show compassion. These are the marks of great person and a great actor.
Exactly, Cill. To me, RA said through his actions, “Look, I know what it’s like to be disappointed and to feel let down, and I am really sorry this happened to you . . .” He has the ability to put himself in someone else’s shoes, which serves him well not just as a detailed actor, but as a human being.
I think that’s what’s been motivating him all along — he really shows an amazing amount of understanding for the fan experience, I find.