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Happy Birthday, dearest Richard. You really ARE getting bettah and bettah.

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Dear Richard,

While you’ve been wowing all those audiences this summer at the Old Vic, I’ve been battling with an angry wrist I can’t seem to get sorted out.¬† And so I have to apologise–I don’t have a birthday video (or two) prepared for you this year. I do have something in the works, but it’s¬†not finished yet, nor is it, strictly speaking, a birthday video.¬† I have several ideas, some more light-hearted and others, in a¬†more serious vein, but it takes time, energy, a reasonable degree of comfort and clarity of mind for this old girl to get it together these days.

Actually, I feel like such a namby pamby even complaining about¬†my situation. Look at YOU. Eight grueling¬†shows a week, emoting your heart out, giving your best in every gut-wrenching performance, and yet–there you are, showing up time after time¬†at the stage door, freshly showered, smiling, soft-spoken and sweet-tempered as always . . . I don’t know how you do it.¬† But bless you for doing it.

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You’ve made so many people very, very happy–not only those lucky few (in terms of the overall fandom) who¬†are managing¬†to make it to the Old Vic this summer, but all of us who have vicariously enjoyed these encounters through shared photos, tweets and blog entries. Hey, I even have my VERY OWN “Crucible” programme and poster, thanks to one of your kind and generous fans (thank you, Judit!).

 

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Can it be that¬†all those highly anticipated¬†appearances to sign autographs, have your photo snapped or accept¬†gifts from your well-wishers¬†help depressurize you after releasing¬†all that raw intensity on stage? Is it a reminder for you of how “our little community” really, truly does admire, respect and adore you? A chance to put aside the gruff Proctor and let the easygoing Rich come out . . . long ago, did you dream of this day, at a well-regarded London theatrical¬†venue, when a throng of fans would be waiting there for you? Ever have to pinch yourself, just a little?

 

Whatever the reasons, you continue to earn my admiration for being a truly kind, thoughtful and down-to-earth individual, the consummate professional¬†who also happens to be blessed with brains, talent, charm and good looks in a most extraordinary way (sorry, I didn’t mean to make you blush. Or maybe I did. That flush coming to those excellent cheekbones is really quite endearing . . .)

 

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And that talent . . . oh, how THRILLED I have been by all the accolades I’ve read about your performance as Proctor. Not that I expected anything less than a fine performance from you; but not everyone is blessed with that Good Taste Gene.¬† And Benny and I had so much fun seeing you in “Into the Storm.” I think Porter is still his favorite ChaRActer, but he has a true appreciation for heroic assistant principals who smell like sheep, too, now. ūüėČ

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Your skill in dealing with press junkets, red carpets and journalists offering varying degrees of knowledge and tact is ever¬†evolving. Unflappable Armitage lives, and continues to entertain, inform and disarm us. And what¬†a treat you look–stylish,¬†a true star, and yet very comfortable in your own skin.
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There’s so much to look forward to in your 43rd year, Richard. We eagerly await the release of “Urban” (even if I have to wait on a DVD to see it); there’s the extended edition of the second Hobbit film and the accompanying promotion for that. And, of course,¬†the¬†last juggernaut for the final installment of PJ’s trilogy,¬†offering¬†the return of majestic Thorin, the world’s sexiest (and most angst-ridden) dwarf (now, quit rolling those baby blues at me. Thorin. is. sexy. Period. Or full stop as you lot say)

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I don’t know what else is on tap for you; maybe you’ll be sharing that soon in your conversation at the Old Vic? What I do know is I wish you more—more excellent acting roles in whatever venues you desire, more happiness, friendship¬†and good health. More opportunities to learn and grow, to laugh and love. To live life to the fullest in the way you want to live it.

Happy Birthday, Rich.

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Because I certainly am. Ever so proud.

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Oh, and never stop talking with your hands. It’s an extra added value to the fangurling I dearly love.

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Signed,
an ardent Armitage admirer

aka fedoralady