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Can’t Keep Calm!



@RAFrenzy It’s all here (in reverse chronological order) – http://playazindaback.tumblr.com/tagged/say-nice-things-about-detroit

I follow our friend AwkCeleb on Twitter and she tweeted a link to her final fifth out of a planned seven Tumblr posts re her encounter with RA in Michigan, complete with photos and cartoons. All the entries are posted in reverse chronological order there.  Check it out–funny and sweet and it  re-affirms why we like that man so gosh darn much.

This is actually a photo from RALover’s encounter with Rich, but I love it so much I decided to post it again here.

Awkardceleb with her cool sign and Richard.

A milestone: My 1,000th Post (really, no kidding)


This is my 1,0000th post. Frankly, I can’t believe I am saying that, but it’s a fact. Seven months ago when I started this blog, I never quite envisioned having that many posts. But then again, unemployment does bring certain benefits beyond the monetary ones.

As of 1:21 p.m.,  there have been 330, 173 views at TAE., with 18, 493 comments.  Readers from 169 countries–including some I frankly never heard of before–have viewed the blog at least once.  (There’s a country called Reunion? Well, yes. It’s a French island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar and southwest of Mauritius. And I’ve gotten eight hits from there. Blogging is also an educational activity.)

The largest number of hits have come from right here in the good ol’ U.S.A. followed by the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Germany, Belgium, Hungary (I think Judit accounts for most of these), Ireland, Netherlands, France, Poland, Spain (thank you, Leigh), Italy, Austria, Brazil, Finland, India, Turkey, Switzerland and the Philippines rounding out the top twenty.  Quite the international set.

Of course, not all viewers have come to learn about Richard Armitage. There’s Ms. James’ book, which has drawn a ridiculous amount of traffic which now, thankfully, seems to be dying down; my posts on art, particularly Monet and the Impressionists, have drawn quite a few readers. Outside of the home page and archives, the RA-related post drawing the most viewers was the one titled “In case you’re interested . . . here’s Miss Capper.” Just recently I have noticed an upswing in search engine terms related to “Richard Armitage girlfriend.” I expect that might increase over the next few months.

Of course, there are those faithful readers who keep coming back no matter what the subject of the posts may be. I appreciate everyone who stops in, whether for a single visit or as a daily habit; otherwise I’d be having this party all by myself.  And if you write, vid, do artwork, if you create, you want to have someone with whom to share it all.  If you love a subject, if you are passionate about it,  you want to share it and celebrate it with others. And if that subject is Richard Armitage, well–he’s just too good to keep to yourself.

For my 1,0000th post, I share a bit of artwork I did last night, a fake movie poster for Black Sky based on the latest image released by Todd Garner:

Oh, I know there are other people in the movie. But this IS The Armitage Effect, after all, isn’t it? Again, thanks.

I’m liking wet Gary


But of course, I have always liked Richard’s characters on the damp side. Wet Ian, wet Lee, wet Guy, wet Lucas, wet Porter, and we’ll get wet Thorin (although that likely won’t be until the second film, alas). And now Black Sky offers us rain-drenched Gary. Happy happy, joy, joy. 

 Todd Garner released the photo on Twitter and Frenzy shared.  Thanks, Frenz and Todd. Mr. Garner, who knows an avid fanbase when he sees it, also answered Gratiana’s question about Richard’s character’s name. Some people don’t seem too thrilled with Gary, but hey–at least it ISN’T John.  Actually, it makes me think of the late, great film star Gary Cooper, another tall, blue-eyed hunk. And Coop frequently played cowboys, and Oklahoma is kinda sorta cowboy territory, so—

Hope that is a waterproof watch.

So, what are your thoughts on Wet Gary, Okie Teacher Dude?

Living proof.


I had to order my blood pressure medicine today and the site I use, drugstore.com, has switched pharmacy providers. This meant I had to go through the whole rigmarole of registering and transferring information to the new site. However, there was one moment that had me wearing an ear-to-ear grin. I was asked to pick a security question. I chose the first one: “What is the name of a favorite actor, musician or band?”

Gee, what do you think my answer was?

And I found myself wondering if I was the first person to use him as their answer. And then wondering if that just might change in a few months;  musing over whether or not he’ll become lots and lots of people’s choice as “favorite actor.”

I am pretty sure Richard isn’t interested in winning any popularity contests, of course. He’s all about his craft. Richard stays focused on the work, preparing for his roles, doing his homework, making the most of each character, creating a layered, nuanced performance.

I was not in the least surprised to read  in Frenzy’s interview that Black Sky producer Todd Garner thinks Richard is a good writer, nor to discover some of RA’s ideas are being worked into the film, including the trailer. RA is a smart and insightful fellow as well as a very talented one. I believe his input can only improve a project.

Once more, I feel incredibly proud of him and for him. I think of the people who have referred to Richard in the past as “wooden” and “OK eye candy.” Of the ones who dismissed him as an actor because you surely cannot be that good looking and also be genuinely talented and have brains, can you?

Well, yes, as a matter of fact, you can be. You can be a man of breathtaking masculine beauty who is also an amazingly detailed actor bringing breadth and depth to your characters.  You can be these things and also be a truly nice, gracious,modest, generous, intelligent, insightful human being.  A gentleman who wins the admiration and respect of fellow cast and crew members.  You can be a stellar human being on the cusp of major stardom, with no one deserving more it than you.  You can be an example of the nice guy NOT finishing last.

Richard Armitage is living proof.

And yes, I know I am gushing, but really–it is hard not to when it comes this darling man.

Dear Richard, you are the best. You really are.


Dear Richard,

OK, I know this question is going to make you blush, but–honestly, dude, could you be any more crush-worthy?

If there is some carefully designed plan in place to endear you to your fans more than ever, may I say—it’s working.  The stories of your fan encounters on the set of Black Sky are uplifting and downright heartwarming.

Richard’s sweet hug for RAlover on the set of Black Sky. One of my absolute fav candid shots. *sigh*

You so easily could avoid these meetings if you wished. After all, you are working and we all know what a strong work ethic you have, concentrating your time and energies on each and every role.  If you passed on the message through your assistant that it was simply not a good time, I think the fans would understand.  Sure, they would be disappointed, but they would understand.

Not only do you make yourself available, you’ve even gone out of your way to seek out a fan you knew had been waiting in hopes of meeting you. You not only pose for photos, you suggest additional photo ops. You cheerfully sign autographs.

Richard from his photo with Suzi courtesy of RichardArmitageCentral. Oh, that smile.

Through it all, you maintain your good humor, good manners and—my gosh—apparently you are even better-looking in person. The latter slightly astounds me, frankly.  (Ooops. Made you blush again and look down at your beautiful feet with an embarrassed smile. But you are so darned cute when you do that, you know.)

I realize, of course, that it can’t go on forever like this. You being so terrifically accommodating to fans, that is (I suspect the sweet, gentlemanly nature is innate and you are aging like the finest wine, so no worries in those departments).

You say you aren’t a movie star. Well, no, perhaps not yet; but come December, when moviegoers flock to the theaters to see the first of The Hobbit films, I firmly believe they will be—dazzled. Gobsmacked. Blown away. Thorin, with all his gruffness and gravitas and charisma, with his penetrating eyes and awesome flowing locks and the voice—that voice!—will spellbind them.

They will discover the Armitage Effect, and they will want more.

Life will inevitably change for you, to some degree. My hope and prayer is that you will be able to maintain the level of privacy you desire in your personal life. Others have done it.

Frankly, you are such a nice, well-mannered, well-behaved guy, I am hoping the paps will be overcome with boredom and leave you alone to chase after the promiscuous cell phone-tossing, bar-hopping, drug-abusing, accident-waiting-to-happen celebs out there.  Time will tell, but my fingers are definitely crossed.

Your fan base will inevitably grow—and that is as it should be. A man of your extraordinary talents and gifts, with your range and versatility, deserves to be seen and heard and appreciated by many, many people.

You simply will not be physically able to meet all the fans, pose for all the photos, and respond to all the requests, as much of a nice guy and people pleaser as you are.

And that’s OK. Really, it is.

There will be a few fans who will, of course, think themselves entitled to your attention and time no matter what. They tend to be unreasonable and impossible to please. I suspect every fandom has them, and as a fandom grows, more may appear.

The truth is, you don’t owe us anything. There is nothing in the rule book that says you have to go out of your way to meet fans, send messages, sign autographs, pose for photos, be consistently polite and gracious and accommodating.

It’s certainly a smart move in terms of raising your profile as that up-and-coming British actor who is a real gentleman and so good to his fans. And nobody could describe you as less than intelligent.  I also think you have some good PR people in place now.

I  just want you to know I will continue to admire and respect you, as will many others, even when the time comes that you have to politely, but firmly, say, “No.”

In the meantime, thank you so much for making those efforts to meet and greet your American fans. Not only have those encounters meant the world to those ladies, we who have read of the meetings and seen the photos have all enjoyed a vicarious thrill.  Their joy is also our joy.

God bless you, Richard Armitage. Thank you for simply being—you. May things continue to go well on the set of Black Sky. I hope the only encounter I have with a tornado in the year to come is seeing the movie version with you front and center. Can’t wait to see more of you on the big screen!

Your ardent admirer from LA,


Grey suit, blue shirt, hot guy in Black Sky


Ladies, Todd Garner, producer of Black Sky, came through after receiving a request for a photo of Richard from the set . . . here’s the Tweet! Or should I say here’s the Thud!! Thank you, Todd, and thank you, costume department, for putting RA in the right colors. 😉