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Uncanny/Canny Armitage: TAE Words for the Day

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Uncanny (adj.): 1. characterized by supernatural or inexplicable basis 2. beyond the ordinary, expected or normal. 3. Mysterious, strange, especially in an unsettling way

Synonyms for uncanny: unearthly, eery, strange, mysterious; extraordinary, remarkable, fantastic, astonishing, incredible, miraculous, unheard-of

Never have I been affected by one actor as I have been by Richard Crispin Armitage. The power he has over me–the ability to lift my spirits, to stir my libido, to capture my imagination–is positively uncanny. I look into those large, luminous eyes of changeable blue and feel as if he’s looking straight into my soul– it’s uncanny.  I see one of those sunny grins and the joy said smile brings me? Uncanny.

The way Richard can “turn the world on with a smile” is positively uncanny.

Lucas, with his pale skin, dark hair and blue eyes has an unearthly beauty that is quite uncanny.

Uncanny once meant “mischievous.” The association of “uncanny” with the supernatural arose in the 1770s.  The word “canny” means careful, shrewd, astute, frugal and skilled. Hmmmmmm . . .

We know that RA always pauses to weigh his words before he speaks in interviews, giving careful thought to his responses rather than blurting out the first thing off the top of his head. 

He also shows great insight into his characters and is astute in their crafting. The years of struggling financially seem to have made him a prudent and somewhat frugal individual who is not a profligate spender (except, perhaps, for splashing out on his beloved parents from time to time). 

And, as an amazingly gifted and versatile actor, he is nothing less than skilled at his chosen profession.

Therefore, I declare the uncanny Mr. Armitage to be very canny, too.  But wait! There’s more . . .

In the Scots and Northeast England dialects, calling an individual “canny” is very much a sign of approval.  Here, a canny person is one who is good, nice, steady, restrained, gentle.

Wud ye nae say our bonny Richard is a canny lad, indeed? 😉

(courtesy of RAlover)

Here’s to the uncanny delight and pleasure this lovely, canny gentleman brings into our lives on a daily basis. Thank you, dear Rich!

Blame It on Gisbornesboy

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Gisbornesboy asked in his most recent post what our fav personal look was for RA. And in the moment I read that question–before I actually saw the photo he’d chosen–I had a vision of a snug button-front shirt and jeans-blad legs tucked up beneath him on an interview couch.  And wouldn’t you know he had chosen screencaps from the same 2010 interview for GMTV?  Great minds, people, great minds.  I also took the liberty of including some fanart from his GMTV interview from 2009.  Slight change in hairstyle and clothing color, but you’ve still got the snug shirt and those jeans.  And the general gorgeousness, of course.

I swear, it amazes me how the man can combine cute, cuddly and adorable with hot and sexy in one bee-you-ti-ful package. Not to mention talent, intelligence, humor, charm and genuine niceness. I am also amazed that none of his buttons ever pop loose with all that *ahem* strain he puts on them.

Hmmmmm. Love those bared forearms, Mr. A.

This expression is simply-priceless.

Furrow in brow, those pursed lips of Thoughtful Armitage . . . *sigh*.

What would YOU ask Richard Armitage?

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For quite a long time now, I have pondered various ideas in my head in reference to what I would ask in an interview with Richard Armitage. Now that there is an actual possibility I might get to ask him some questions (still trying to get my head around that one), the wheels are turning even more rapidly.

I know what I certainly do not want to ask him: the whole “running away to join the circus at 17”  chestnut that gets hauled out with appalling regularity.  How sick of that particular question is he, I wonder?

I have no particular desire to question him about the Armitage Army, either. I think that’s been done to death, too.

Of course, I realize that a lot of Americans who are not yet familiar with Mr. A might find these topics fascinating. Undoubtedly, as the media begins to skim over his CV, those questions will arise once again, and once again he will respond  in his usual gentlemanly way.

However, I think there are so many more things one could discuss with RA.  Here are a few of the ideas that have been kicking around in my head.

The process by which he prepares for roles: the creation of his backstories for each character and the background research involved and his preference for scripts based on novels rather than original screenplays. How does he prepare when scriptors throw a curve ball into what has been previously established about a character: Guy’s sister and his history with Robin, the whole Bateman storyline and Lucas, for example?

The psychology of acting: what measures does he take to keep his life in balance and his brain in a healthy place when he is playing a darker character for an extended period of time?

Dream roles: We know he wants very much for his Richard III project to come to fruition. Are there other RL or fictional characters he would love to take a stab at playing and why?

Thorin: The physicality of past roles, particularly Sir Guy and his swordfighting and horseback riding undoubtedly helped in prepping to play this warrior dwarf. In terms of the psychology of Thorin, getting inside the character’s head–which previous role most helped in preparing for this character? What did he perceive as the biggest challenge in preparing for the role?

The clothes make the man: how costumes help the development of the character. Think Thorin and his cravat, Sir Guy and his leather . . .

Audiobooks: how long does it typically take to create all the various voices for each character? How many times does he read the book in preparation for the recording? Does he read aloud to himself for practice. record his own voice for playback? Are audiobooks something he wants to continue doing?  If so, would he consider doing more unabridged books, as with LOTN? Is there a book (s) that he would love the opportunity to narrate? Is there a favorite character (s) from any of his past projects?

Handling the hoopla: He’s  a self-admitted shy, retiring soul who has been able to pretty much fly under the radar up until now in terms of the media. Now, he’s playing a major role in two huge high-profile films that are likely to become international blockbusters. Does he have strategies in place for dealing with being in the limelight to a degree he has never before experienced?

These are by no means all the questions and topics I would like to discuss with Richard Armitage. Heck, it would take far longer than what little time I might possibly have to cover everything I’d want to discuss with this fascinating man. But it’s a start.

So, my question to you is: what would YOU ask Richard Armitage?

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