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Guyday Friday: Move over, Batboy. The Original Dark Knight is here.


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He’s slinky, he’s sexy, he snarls and smoulders like nobody’s business. Sure, Batboy may have the mask and cape, but Guy’s got the smokin’ hot liner and the world’s most irresistible smirk.  And he did the sexy form-fitting black leather FIRST.

Angst and conflict? Sir Guy knows all about that. Bruce Wayne inherited billions whilst Sir Guy had to struggle and pull himself up by his own black henchman boot straps after his parents died tragically. And Wayne didn’t have a psychotic libidinous sister or a sadistic little troll of a boss to contend with.

Yep, Sir Guy is the Original Dark Knight.  The first, and the best.







And let us not forget what lies beneath the black . . . did someone said the CReAtor was too “soft” to play the Caped Crusader?

Come ON.

Richard: an inspiration, an encourager, a hero



Richard Armitage as Thorin. My edit of the cover of the Blu-Ray extended edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

You may consider yourself dull and boring, Richard, but I disagree. I find your commitment to your work and your craft admirable, your passion for acting and getting all the details right exciting. I always look forward to seeing what you do with each new character, what insights you will bring to the table.  Your performances manage to touch my mind, heart and soul and I am caught up in the journey with Thornton, Thorin, Sir Guy and the rest. I may not always like how a character behaves; but I also know I will be able to relate to the character on some level as a fellow human being (Yes, even if the character is a fantasy dwarf).

I think technique can be learned to make a person a competent actor, painter, musician or dancer. But ultimately, for me, it’s the sense there is a passion deeply held to do this, to craft and create and share this with the world that separates the merely competent from the true visionaries.


For me, you shine as an example of excellence in your field. Always going from strength to strength and growing ever better, ever more nuanced.  You hung in there when the roles were sparse and the auditions didn’t go well and you had to work front of house and lay floors to make ends meet. You persevered.  You inspire and encourage me.

But you are so much more than a fine actor. I truly believe you are also a fine human being. Generous, kind-hearted, compassionate, humble, good-humored, well-grounded and possessing a strong moral compass. Respected by those who have worked long and hard beside you . . .

From Isabelle Wyss at Facebook via the Richard Armitage California Base. Original GIF at thorinshielding.tumblr.com


I am so grateful I discovered you six years ago. Little did I know that the handsome actor who looked good in guyliner and could smirk like nobody’s business would go on to win and break my heart repeatedly in role after role, to teach me lessons and make me aspire to be something, someone better.

You are a hard act to follow. But you are also the one I will happily call king and follow anywhere. Bless you, Richard Armitage.


Original artwork by loobeeinthesky.tumblr.com


Bruce Wayne, anyone? 😉 Or Matthew Clairmont, or . . .

Batman buzz, burglary and RA’s benevolent heart, oh my!



And the buzz continues about our boy being a possible contender for the role of Batman. Whether or not he gets it or even wants it or whether or not the fans want him to do it, I do think the fact his name and face are being bandied about by more and more media outlets,, including some pretty reputable ones, can only be a positive thing in the long run.  A little thing called “free publicity.” 😉






And this showed up on twitter today from an organization that supports those battling a severe form of skin disease  . . . bless RA’s sweet, benevolent heart!

Here in the office today we were excited to receive Butterfly Wishes from ‘The Hobbit’ star, Richard Armitage!  Thank u


And the burglary? Well, thieves drove up in the front yard of the old farmhouse a couple of days ago, kicked in the side door, rifled through drawers and stole some items.  Benny discovered this yesterday when he went down there to get the mower from the old chicken coop and saw the door standing open (there is a glass storm door on the outside).  It made me positively sick at heart to find out someone had invaded my childhood home. I felt violated, sick, sad and angry. Made me feel like siccing these guys on them.




The good news is they caught the people responsible. It appears to be a burglary ring based in the neighboring county that has targeted several houses in the area and then crossed the line to hit the farmhouse. A woman who was part of it attempted to pass a check at a grocery store from my late father’s bank account. Not a wise move. Turns out there is also a meth lab involved and several folks got arrested. There’s burglary and forgery and drug manufacturing charges all pending . . .  I only wish whoever broke in had fallen through the hole in the kitchen floor and ended up taking a swim in the cellar. *evil grin* Except they would have probably sued us.

And now, I must go toss together a salad to go with the chicken parmesan for supper. Love, love to all!

Possible Movie RemAkes: Swashing Some Buckles!


OK, I freely admit it: I’d love to see Richard in period clothing again. He wears it so well. When I listen to radio dramas such as Clarissa and the Heyer audiobooks, it is so easy for me to imagine RA in frock coats and perfectly tied cravats, riding boots and snug-fitting breeches. Call me shallow; it is, indeed, a pleasant diversion.

But not only do I want to see him in such period costumes, I want to see him in action in such period costume, playing intrepid heroes.  I want to see our athletic, dashing Richard Armitage swashing some buckles, wooing lovely ladies, wielding flintlocks and rapiers with the balletic grace he brings to the role of Thorin.

The Original Hero with a Secret Identity

Before Bruce Wayne/ Batman and Don Diego de la Vega/El Zorro, there was Sir Percy Blakeney, the foppish, foolish British aristocrat who, with the help of a trusted band of fellow aristocrats, secretly helps save souls from Madame Guillotine during the Reign of Terror in the French Revolution.

The Scarlet Pimpernel, the character created by Baroness Orczy in a series of historical adventure-romances first published in 1905, is a master of disguise and escape, a formidable swordsman, quick on his feet and very clever and cunning.

By contrast, Blakeney is a dull-witted, vain, fashion-obsessed creature who takes little interest in world affairs. His beautiful wife, a French actress, Marguerite St. Just,  is unaware of her husband’s secret identity. Circumstances lead him to mistrust her; she, in turn, feels estranged from her cold, dull English husband.


Anthony Andrews and Jane Seymour in a 1982 television adaptation of Orczy’s work.

The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982 film)

The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The story is filled with intrigue, blackmail, lust, revenge, romance, adventure and derring-do all set during a very exciting period in history. I could see Richard having great fun with the dual role, really making us believe in the dull-witted dandy Sir Percy as much as the daring, dashing hero, the Pimpernel. And there’s a sword fight!

Leslie Howard and Merle Oberon as Sir Percy and Marguerite in the 1934 Hollywood version of TSP, considered the definitive adaptation by some fans.

Leslie Howard and Merle Oberon as Sir Percy and Marguerite in the 1934 Hollywood version of TSP, considered the definitive adaptation by some fans.

A physician turned pirate

In 1922, Rafael Sabatini penned a novel entitled Captain Blood, its 17th century hero a quick-witted Irishman who had served as soldier and sailor before settling down to work as a physician in Somerset. After aiding those injured in the Monmouth Rebellion, Blood is arrested, falsely accused of treason and transported to the Caribbean island of Barbados (Jamaica in the 1935 film) to be sold off as a slave.


The cover of the original edition of Sabatini’s Captain Blood.

Movie poster for the 1935 film version of Sabatini's novel.

Movie poster for the 1935 film version of Sabatini’s novel.


Peter Blood (Errol Flynn) toe-to-toe with the cruel Caribbean plantation owner (Lionel Atwill).

A wicked plantation owner who purchases him soon discovers Blood’s doctoring skills and he is hired out as a physician, successfully treating the governor for gout. A relationship develops between Blood and the plantation owner’s lovely niece, Arabella, played in the 1935 film by Olivia DeHavilland.  Neither development makes Blood’s owner a happy man.

When Spanish forces attack Jamaica, Blood and other convict-slaves manage to escape. Blood goes on to capture a Spanish ship and become one of the best pirate-buccaneers of the Caribbean. He also encounters Arabella on a merchant ship and duels with a French pirate to win her.  His gentlemanly instincts prevent Blood from having his way with his “prize,” however . . .

Richard would, of course, make an incredibly dashing, charismatic pirate and would be able to out-act Errol, who was appearing in his first high-profile role. This would also be a great excuse for RA to either grow out his hair or get extensions. Because he rocks the long locks . . . and the pirate shirts . .  and those thigh-high boots.

Captain Blood (Errol Flynn) lounging with a couple of friends.

Captain Blood (Errol Flynn) lounging with fellow pirate Basil Rathbone and a friend.

FYI: The character of Peter Blood is actually based on three real-life individuals, Henry Morgan, Thomas Blood, and Henry Pitman, a doctor who was actually caught up in the rebellion, arrested and sold into slavery in Barbados, where he was captured by pirates (although unlike his fictional counterpart, he didn’t join them in their exploits).

These are just a couple of classic film roles in the historical adventure/romance genre I wouldn’t mind seeing Richard perform. A girl can dream, can’t she? 😉

“Twofer” Tuesday: The Soldier and the Spy


MI-5 and MI-6’s finest: Lucas North of the Security Services and SAS soldier Sgt. John Porter. One spent eight years in a Russian prison,  wondering who had sold him out to their enemy as he faced torture, humiliation and deprivation on a daily basis. The other suffered his own hell when a Middle Eastern mission he was heading went pear-shaped, One mate was dead, another in a vegetative state. And signs pointed to Porter’s poor judgement being the cause.  Porter lost the trust and respect of his men, his wife and found his relationship with his only child on shaky ground.

Both men have something to prove to the world–and to themselves. Both have suffered loss and betrayal and are determined to discover the truth. They want the opportunity to make themselves useful, to return to some semblance of normality in their lives. They can be tough and ruthless and at the same time, tender and compassionate. Flawed and damaged though they may be, they are still most worthy of our respect and admiration.  Oddly enough, in spite of the fact they are fictional characters, the world feels just a little safer to me with these two fellows on watch.

Lucas and JP are amongst my personal superheroes. Who needs Superman, Batman or Spidey when you have North and Porter??

The superheroes (and villains) are here!


Just as they will be at Comic-Con, the superheroes are here at TAE. But they might not look exactly as you remember them . . .

Hmmm . . . I don’t think that’s Christian Bale (or Val Kilmer or Geroge Clooney or Michael Keaton or . . .) under the cowl.

Wolverine–is it that Jackman guy or someone else?

Julie Newmar was one of the actresses who played Catwoman in the old Batman series–but she didn’t look quite like this.

Catwoman, Halle Berry version–or is it? That smirk looks familiar.